Coming off a victory against the University of Richmond last week, Elon football (2-1) traveled to Winston-Salem to take on Wake Forest University (3-0). The Phoenix entered its clash with the Demon Deacons without three starters on offense: junior wide receiver Kortez Weeks, senior tight end Matt Foster and junior offensive lineman Pete Townsend.
After Wake Forest took a 14-0 lead, the Elon offense found the end zone with less than a minute left in the first quarter. Junior quarterback Davis Cheek connected with sophomore wide receiver Avery Jones on a 40-yard touchdown pass to make the score 14-7. The offense struggled throughout the rest of the half, being forced to punt the ball five times.
The Demon Deacons came out firing in the second quarter on a 5-yard touchdown to redshirt-sophomore wide receiver Sage Surratt, extending their lead to 21-7. This was Wake Forest’s third consecutive touchdown drive of the game.
The Phoenix defense prevented a fourth straight touchdown when senior defensive back Daniel Reid-Bennett intercepted Wake's redshirt-junior quarterback Jamie Newman in the end zone. It was Reid-Bennett’s second interception of the year.
After allowing a 48-yard touchdown pass with less than a minute left, the Phoenix went into the locker room down 28-7 at halftime.
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