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Backline paces Furman to 41-11 win over Bulldogs

Sophomore winger Miles Lerner scored two trys to pace Furman to a 41-11 win over the Citadel Saturday on the military campus’s parade grounds.

With the win, the Paladins move to 5-0 on the fall season and are 3-0 in league play.

dianmondf7The rival Bulldogs, who always play the Paladins tough at home, took advantage of a bevy of Furman penalties in the first 15 minutes to build a 6-0 lead on two penalty kicks. The Citadel, 1-1, played a plodding, possession prone game during the first quarter.

Once the Paladins settled down and eliminated the penalties, the trys came.

Senior winger Dereck Jones scored at the 17-minute mark to put Furman ahead 7-5 after the successful conversion. Lerner, senior Captain Turner Morches and freshman Matti Newman added scores as Furman constructed a 24-6 halftime lead.

John Stumpf (freshman), Lerner and sophomore Ryan Conlogue added scores in the second half. Sophomore Jacob Milchuck connected on three conversions. The Citadel bullied in their only try of the game with less than two minutes remaining in the contest.

“As always, the Citadel pressured our set pieces and performed well at the ruck,” said Furman Coach John Roberts. “Once we were able to spread the ball and establish our style, the game opened up. All of our trys were scored by backs and we figured going in it would be that way.”

The Paladins will face a winless Lander team 1 p.m. Saturday at Roberts Field.

Last updated August 5, 2022
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