Local roundup: UNCP’s Charles gets weekly national award

November 6, 2013

ROSELAND, N.J. — UNCP senior quarterback Luke Charles received national recognition for his role in Saturday’s 60-point game. For the second time in his career, Charles was named the Division II Offensive Player of the Week by USA College Football.

Charles threw for 384 yards and four touchdowns on 30-of-46 passing on Saturday to help lead the UNC Pembroke football team to a dominating 60-20 Homecoming victory over Tusculum. It was his ninth career 300-yard passing performance and the ninth time he has thrown three or more touchdown passes as well. He threw for 199 yards and three touchdowns on 20-of-30 passing in the first half alone on Saturday against the Pioneers.

The single game point total was the highest in school history.

Charles now owns 30 single game, single season or career records at UNCP, including nine of the top 10 marks for single game passing yards. A starter under center since the start of the 2011 campaign, Charles has thrown for 7,888 yards and 62 touchdowns on 661-of-1,054 (.627) passing with 29 interceptions.

The 14th-ranked Braves (7-1) will play their final road game of the regular season schedule tonight defending at national champion Valdosta State (5-3). Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. The game will also be shown live on Time Warner Cable channel 522 and broadcast nationally on the ESPN3 web channel.

Middle school championship set

The Robeson County middle school football championship game is set for 6 p.m. Wednesday at Fairmont High School.

Orum beat Lumberton 30-24 in two overtimes Wednesday to clinch a spot and Parkton shut out Pembroke 26-0 in the other semifinal game.

Quarterback Warren Bell led Parkton with two rushing touchdowns and two passing touchdowns. He finished 5 for 6 for 112 passing yards.

Leek, Strickland honored by SEC

Purnell Swett junior Kali Strickland and coach David Leek received top honors in the Southeastern Conference postseason awards.

Strickland, who was the first Ram to make the state championship, was one of two girls named as the conference players of the year. She shares the title with Pinecrest’s Kaitlyn Newman. Leek was named the conference coach of the year.

The conference also named an additional 15 girls to the All-Conference team.

Joyce Cummings and Genna Locklear represented Purnell Swett on the team.

Lumberton had four girls named to the team: Abby Cain, Abby Kinlaw, Callie Carter and Lizzie Branch. See for the full all conference list.

Full list

Players of the Year

Kali Strickland, Purnell Swett

Kaitlyn Newman, Pinecrest

Coach of the Year

David Leek, Purnell Swett


Caroline Decker, Pinecrest

Piper Davis, Pinecrest

Brittany Jenkins, Pinecrest

Paige Sumner, Pinecrest

Delaney Kjellson, Pinecrest

Abby Cain, Lumberton

Abby Kinlaw, Lumberton

Callie Carter, Lumberton

Lizzie Branch, Lumberton

Joyce Cummings, Purnell Swett

Genna Locklear, Purnell Swett

Leslie Floyd, Scotland

Sallie Wegner, Scotland

McKenzie Grimes, Richmond

Taylor Jacobs, Hoke