Lions Rebound Against Shorter, Win 45-7

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FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) - The University of North Alabama rolled up 620 yards on offense and held Shorter’s offense scoreless as the Lions rolled to a 45-7 win over the Hawks at Braly Stadium. The win moves UNA into a tie for the Gulf South Conference lead at 5-1 in league play. The Lions, ranked 15th nationally in the NCAA Division II, are now 8-1 overall.

UNA built a quick 17-0 lead before Shorter registered its first score against the Lions on a special teams miscue. The Lions then outscored the Hawks 28-0 over the remainder of the game for the win. The score by Shorter was its first in their three series meetings with UNA. The Lions won both of the previous meetings by identical 41-0 scores.
UNA quarterback Luke Wingo threw for 321 yards and one touchdown and rushed for another score and Diamon Simmons added 118 rushing yards and two scores.
Shorter was held to just 121 total yards, all on the ground. The Hawks were 0-for-six passing.
North Alabama took the early lead when Taylor Pontius hit a 51-yard field goal with 5:51 left in the first quarter. The kick capped a 10-play, 56-yard drive.
The Lions added to their lead on the final play of the quarter when Lamonte Thompson scored on a 15-yard run to complete a nine-play, 66-yard drive. Pontius added the extra point and UNA led 10-0.
Diamond Simmons scored on a five-yard run with 11:08 remaining in the second quarter and Pontius kick extended UNA’s lead to 17-0.
Shorter finally got on the board with 4:13 left in the half when a ball was snapped over the head of Pontius on a punt attempt and the Hawks’ Cody Simpson recovered in the end zone. It was Shorter’s first points in three games against North Alabama and snapped a streak of 99 consecutive points scored by UNA in the series. Kenny Langford added the PAT to make it 17-7.
North Alabama responded quickly with a TD of its own. Luke Wingo engineered an eight-play, 68-yard drive that he capped with an eight-yard touchdown run. Pontius kick made it 24-7 with 1:23 left in the half.
UNA then scored on its opening possession of the second half as the Lions drove 70 yards in eight plays to the end zone. Wingo hit Delvon Carpenter with a 22-yard touchdown pass and Pontius PAT made it 31-7 with 11:57 remaining in the third quarter.
Simmons scored on a 76-yard run with 13:59 left in the game to make it 38-7 and Jacob Thomas passed 24-yards to Jarret Smith for the final score of the game with 7:14 left.
North Alabama plays at West Alabama on Thursday, Nov. 13.
Courtesy: UNA media relations