Cody Haffly threw for 477 yards and seven touchdowns as Wingate ran roughshod over Morehouse, 63-41, in the first-ever playoff appearance for both schools, at Irwin Belk Stadium Saturday.
Haffly connected with Perry Floyd for three scores and also had two touchdown tosses apiece to Chris Bowden and Delric Ellington as the Bulldogs (9-2) rolled up 477 yards of total offense.
Wingate will travel to Georgia Nov. 27 to face no. 5 Albany State at 1 p.m.
Morehouse (8-3), also making its first-ever playoff appearance, jumped out of the gate early and had a 27-21 lead going into halftime.
After watching Haffly hit Ellington with a nine-yard scoring pass in the first quarter, David Carter ripped off a 10-yard run. Mykel Green recovered a fumble and raced 39 yards for another score. Ian Mullen finished the scoring in the first quarter with a 41-yard field goal.
In the second quarter, Wingate retook the lead when Haffly connected with Floyd for scoring passes of 26 and 10 yards.
The Maroon Tigers countered with Byron Ingram’s 29-yard run and Mullen’s 35-yard field goal just before halftime.
In the second half, Wingate took back the lead for good, ironically on the Bulldogs’ only rushing touchdown of the day, a one-yard run by Nelson Woods to open the third quarter.
After that, Haffly hit Bowden with touchdown strikes of 18 and 23 yards.
Morehouse tried to get back into the game in the fourth quarter, getting a one-yard scoring run from Carter, who finished the game with 180 yards on 29 carries.
That effort was snuffed out a few minutes later when Ben Hinson recovered a Morehouse fumble and scrambled 25 yards for Wingate’s only other non-passing touchdown.
After Robert Darby-McNair finished Morehouse’s scoring with a seven-yard TD pass from William Brack, Haffly threw aerial scoring bombs to Ellington and Floyd again.
Ellington led all receivers with 160 yards on 13 catches. Floyd had six catches for 159 yards and Bowden added 106 yards on seven catches.
(18) Shepherd 40, (25) Shaw 6
Shaw, ranked no. 25 nationally, got to the NCAA Division II playoffs with staunch defensive efforts against then-nationally ranked St. Augustine’s and then Virginia State a week later in the CIAA championship.
Against the powerhouse offense of the Rams (10-1) Saturday at Shepherdstown, West Virginia, it was off little use.
Tommy Addison and Nate Hoyte combined for 251 yards and two touchdowns, and quarterback Kevin Clancy threw two scoring passes to Dominique Jones to lead 18th-ranked Shepherd into the second rounds of the playoffs.
After a scoreless first quarter, Shepherd took a 10-0 halftime lead on a 29-yard field goal by Eric Dobratz and Clancy’s 10-yard pass to Jones.
Hoyte opened the second half with a six-yard run and the Bears (9-3) got hit with a safety when referees called quarterback Quinshon Odom for intentional grounding in the end zone to avoid a sack.
Addison finished the third quarter with his 43-yard touchdown run.
Clancy connected with Jones again for a nine-yard score in the fourth quarter. Freshman running back Michael Haynes finished the scoring with a nine-yard run.
Shaw got its only score of the game in the fourth quarter when Odom hit Julius Gregory for 23 yards to open the fourth quarter.
Shepherd outgained Shaw 477 yards to 233.