The Wingate football team is off to a red-hot start to the 2021 season. The Bulldogs are currently 4-0 and ranked No. 8 in the AFCA Coaches Poll.
This weekend, Wingate travels to take on Limestone, which is currently winless on the season. The Bulldogs are 6-0 all-time against Limestone, including a 34-3 victory in the most recent meeting in 2019.
This is the first game of a three-game road trip for Wingate, which travels to Barton and UVA Wise over the following two weeks.
Last week, Wingate won a barn-burner over Tusculum, 43-35. The two teams combined for over 800 yards of total offense on the day. Tusculum threatened to take the lead at the end of the game, but on the final play of regulation, a Wingate defender intercepted a pass and returned it 94 yards for a pick-six.
In that game, graduate kicker McLean Robertson hit three field goals and four extra points. Robertson was named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Special Teams Player of the Week.
Leading the way for the Bulldogs offensively this season has been quarterback Shaw Crocker, who has completed 66.1% of his passes for 918 yards, eight touchdowns and two interceptions. On the ground, running back Nijere Peoples has run for 348 yards and three touchdowns so far this fall.
One Wingate athlete who has impressed off the field this year is long snapper Tucker Mullis, a Piedmont grad who has in the past earned first-team Academic All-America honors.
Mullis was recently named a semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, the premier scholar-athlete award in college football. Mullis graduated from Wingate in May with a degree in business management and a 3.82 GPA.
Wingate’s season hasn’t been without adversity. Two weeks ago, the Bulldogs scheduled game against Catawba College was cancelled because of a positive COVID test in the Catawba program.
The Bulldogs currently have no open dates on their calendar, meaning the game against Catawba likely won’t be made up.