Football


SPORTS 10/4/16 2:00pm

SIMON: Football suffers 'humiliating' defeat

Sophomore quarterback Daniel Thompson didn’t want to look at the stats after the Elon University football team’s game Saturday afternoon against Villanova University. And frankly, I can’t blame him. Not after the Phoenix was blown out by the Wildcats 42-7, a 35-point loss that felt like much more.


SPORTS 10/3/16 5:56pm

Football puts out suicide prevention video

While the Family Weekend game did not go well for the Elon University football team Saturday afternoon, the Phoenix received attention around campus for something positive. The football team partnered with Active Minds — the student advocacy club that “strives to break the stigma surrounding mental illness” — to create a 40-second video that was shown on the videoboard during the first half of Saturday’s game.


SPORTS 10/1/16 11:15pm

Football dominated by #14 Villanova 42-7

In a complete reversal from the previous week’s upset, the Elon University football team got shellacked by Villanova University Saturday afternoon, falling behind by 35 at half and losing the game 42-7 at Rhodes Stadium. In front of 10,424 fans — Elon’s seventh-largest crowd for Family Weekend — the Wildcats scored on all five of its first half drives, thoroughly silencing a relatively raucous Elon fanbase. “Well obviously, it was a disappointing effort in every phase of the game,” said head coach Rich Skrosky.


SPORTS 9/27/16 5:30pm

Football pulls off historic upset at #8 William & Mary

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — When freshman defensive back Daniel Reed-Bennett’s interception sealed the win for the Elon University football team at the College of William and Mary Saturday night, junior defensive lineman Dondre Howell couldn’t contain his pride. “On that last play of the game, I threw my hands and I almost cried,” Howell said.


SPORTS 9/25/16 12:05am

Football upsets #8 William & Mary 27-10

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Behind a stout defense, strong special teams play and a solid second half from the offense, the Elon University football team sent a message to the rest of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) by coming to the College of William & Mary and defeating the eighth-ranked Tribe 27-10 Saturday night. “I’m extremely proud of the kids,” said head coach Rich Skrosky.


SPORTS 9/13/16 9:00pm

One QB out, next QB up

The Elon University football team’s season just started, but an injury has already struck a huge blow to the most important position. Sophomore quarterback Connor Christiansen’s season is over.


SPORTS 9/11/16 10:59am

Football falters at Charlotte after first quarter success

CHARLOTTE — A near-perfect first quarter was followed by three quarters of underwhelming play for the Elon University football team, as the Phoenix lost to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte 47-14 Saturday night in Charlotte. Elon led 7-0 after a quarter thanks to four three-and-outs and a 12-play, 99-yard drive.


SPORTS 9/6/16 1:30pm

Moore shines in first collegiate start

While the Elon University football team lost its season opener Saturday, the week for freshman defensive back Khalil Moore could not have gone much better. Last Tuesday, as Moore finished his first day of college classes, he found out he would be starting in his first collegiate game. “I didn’t really know until after class,” Moore said.


SPORTS 9/4/16 10:02am

Football gets run over by Gardner-Webb 31-6

After weeks of promise and hope that a new year would bring a strong start, the Elon University football team’s season started with a reality check as Gardner-Webb University trounced Elon 31-6 Saturday afternoon at Rhodes Stadium. “It hurts.


SPORTS 9/2/16 12:00pm

Preview: Moore to start at corner in first collegiate game

Saying that it was an eventful Tuesday for freshman defensive back Khalil Moore would be a colossal understatement. Not only did Moore take his first college class, he found out he would be starting in his first collegiate game tomorrow for the Elon University football team as the Phoenix takes on Gardner-Webb University at 3:30 p.m. “I didn’t really know until after class today,” Moore said.


SPORTS 8/25/16 5:30pm

College careers start early for football freshmen

Move-in weekend is a blur of packing too many boxes in cars that seem too small and hoping it all makes it into a dorm room in one piece. Between move-in traffic and hordes of families in residence halls, freshman find themselves falling abruptly into this new part of their lives, rather than entering it gracefully. Instead of getting lost in the impending chaos that is move-in weekend, freshman football players enjoyed moving into their summer residences with their fellow teammates on June 12 for the football “bridge” program. The early move offers many advantages to the new additions, easing their college transition and acclimation to campus life.


SPORTS 5/19/16 6:30pm

The football player leaving without a plan

While most Elon University seniors or graduate students have tried to set up their jobs post-commencement, Alexander Dawson ’15, MBA ’16 has never tried to be like the typical college student. After five years with the Elon football team — four years of undergrad, and a year getting his MBA — Dawson is ready to move on to his next phase of life. But, right now, he has no idea what he’s doing next. “I’ll say, ‘Well, I could start working right now and start building my wealth and see what I can do,’” Dawson said.


SPORTS 4/26/16 1:00pm

DB picks right time to shine

After the Elon University football team’s spring game ended, rising sophomore quarterback Connor Christiansen smiled a knowing smile when asked about rising sophomore defensive back Greg Liggs Jr. “Greg Liggs has not made one play all spring until tonight,” Christiansen said through laughter. Standing just five feet away, Liggs’ eyes lit up at Christiansen’s words, and asked, “Is that on the record?” The laughter shared between these two after the exchange happened following Liggs’ phenomenal spring game, where he picked off rising sophomore quarterback Daniel Thompson three times. And it comes at the end of an admittedly difficult spring for the Greensboro native and Southeast Guilford High School graduate.


SPORTS 4/16/16 9:29pm

Football finishes 2nd of 3 spring scrimmages Saturday morning

The defense shone bright at the Elon University football team’s second scrimmage of the spring Saturday morning, stepping up with two interceptions and a dozen tackles for losses. “The biggest thing with the defense today was the big plays, the negative plays,” said head coach Rich Skrosky.