On Campus: Local players in FCS playoff games

Published 8:43 pm Saturday, November 28, 2009

No. 9 Elon (9-2) plays at No. 4 Richmond (10-1) in the first round of the Football Championship Subdivision (NCAA Div. I-AA) Playoffs this afternoon at City Stadium in Richmond.

Junior Brandon Newsome (Windsor) is one of the top running backs for Elon as the Phoenix are making their first-ever appearance in the FCS postseason.

Newsome won Southern Conference Player of the Week honors earlier this season after gaining 143 yards and scoring four rushing touchdowns in a 42-17 win over Western Carolina. Newsome’s gained 464 rushing yards, scored seven rushing touchdowns and had 11 receptions for 111 yards this season. Last season, Newsome earned second team All-Southern Conference honors.

No. 6 William and Mary (9-2) hosts No. 15 Weber State (7-4) today at 1 p.m. in Williamsburg. Redshirt freshman Andy Topping (Nansemond River) is a reserve tight end for William and Mary.

Georgetown freshman TaShauna Rodgers scored a career-high 29 points in the Lady Hoyas’ 95-69 win at Central Michigan on Wednesday. Six games into her collegiate career, Rodgers has led Georgetown (4-2) in scoring in five games.

Rodgers is averaging 19.8 points and 4.2 rebounds per game. Georgetown has its first home game of the season today against Wofford.

Chowan’s women’s basketball team won its first game of the season on Monday, beating Lincoln 81-57.

Sophomore guard Ransheeda Jennings (King’s Fork) had 17 points, eight rebounds, two steals and two assists in 24 minutes off the bench for Chowan (1-2).

Cincinnati (5-1) went 2-1 and finished as runner-up in the Maui Invitational Monday-Wednesday. The Bearcats beat Vanderbilt and Maryland, then lost in the championship game 61-59 in overtime to Gonzaga.

Freshman guard Jaquon Parker (King’s Fork) played in all three games for UC, with a high of 16 minutes, four rebounds, two points and an assist in the Maryland game.