FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – Freshman running back Terron Dixon galloped into the record books in LaGrange's 37-33 USA South loss to Methodist on Saturday. LC is now 3-6 overall and 1-5 in conference play.
Dixon set school and conference records with 306 yards rushing, 166 yards coming in the first quarter alone. He also set a school record with 34 carries, breaking Kent Gibson's record of 33 set against Maryville in 2008. Dixon had touchdown runs of 80 and 55 yards. He broke his own mark of 284 yards set Oct. 19 in a 40-23 win over Greensboro, coming within two yards of setting a new conference mark. Dixon now leads the team with 764 yards, averaging 9.9 yards per carry, and has seven TDs. He also had an 11-yard reception for a total of 317 all purpose yards, breaking Gibson's mark of 290 set against Ferrum in 2012.
How it Happened
The two teams combined for 62 points in a wild first half, with Methodist (4-4, 3-3 USA South) taking a 34-28 lead at the half.
Dixon opened the scoring three minutes into the game, racing 80 yards to put the Panthers up 7-0. The Monarchs answered with an 88-yard kickoff return by Kobe Praylow to tie the score.
Praylow's 55-yard run put Methodist up 14-7. LC answered with a pair of 20-yard TD passes from Brevin Linell to Jeremiah Engram to lead 21-14 after the first quarter.
Methodist scored a pair of touchdowns in a two-minute span to go up 27-21. Dixon answered for LC with a 55-yard run to give the Panthers a 28-27 lead. The Monarchs retook the lead, 34-28, with 1:23 left in the half.
In the second half, the two teams swapped field goals. Alex Rivera's 43-yard field goal cut Methodist's lead to 37-31 with 11:17 remaining. Methodist took an intentional safety for the 37-33 final.
James Monroe rushed for 102 yards as LC finished with 399 yards on the ground in the game.
Engram finished with five receptions for 55 yards and the two scores.
Roy Pound had eight tackles and forced a fumble.
The Panthers close out the season next Saturday with Senior Day against USA South rival Huntingdon. Kickoff is 1 p.m.