Two former Lincolnton High School football standouts made contributions on special teams in Gardner-Webb University's 30-28 victory over MidAmerica Nazarene Saturday in Boiling Springs.
Michael Cunningham and Jonathan Sherrill, a pair of freshmen who were stars on Lincolnton's 2011 state 2A runnerup team, had two total tackles each in the Runnin' Bulldogs' 30-28 win.
Sherrill had two solo tackles in special teams play, while Cunningham had one tackle and one assisted tackle. The game program listed Sherrill's position as cornerback and Cunningham's as linebacker.
The Runnin' Bulldogs trailed 28-23 before scoring the winning touchdown on a pass play with 6.4 seconds left in the game. Lucas Beatty hit Seth Cranfill in the end zone on a fourth down play with no timeouts remaining.
The Runnin' Bulldogs got their chance when MidAmerica inexplicably elected to go for a first down rather than to punt from their own 31 with 1:14 left.
Middle linebacker Tanner Burch stopped a quarterback keeper in the backfield, giving the ball to GWU with 1:11 on the clock.
Gardner-Webb (1-5) led 23-14 at the half only to see MidAmerica Nazarene (4-2) go ahead early in the fourth quarter on a 49-yeard quarterback keeper.
In addition to his special teams play, Sherrill saw brief action in the first half at cornerback.
In other news involving a former Lincolnton player, freshman runnning back Dee Littlejohn reportedly left the Gardner-Webb team. Littlejohn, Lincoln County'all-time rushing leader and a 2011 Shrine Bowl pick, was not listed on the G-W roster for Saturday's game against the Pioneers.