Summers, Cheek power Phoenix
W& MQB Battle sacked in end zone, ending rally
ELON, N.C. — Malcolm Summers ran for two touchdowns, Davis Cheek ran for another, and Elon held off a second- half rally and capped it with a safety to beat William & Mary 25- 17 on Saturday to win its fifth straight.
The Tribe ( 2- 3, 0- 2 Colonial Athletic Association) scored 14 unanswered points in the third quarter while holding Elon ( 5- 1, 3- 0) to 2 yards, but with 3: 39 left in the game Elon’s Warren Messer sacked Brandon Battle in the end zone to preserve the win.
Elon’s opening drive with a 20- yard touchdown run. Late in the second quarter, Greg
Liggs Jr. picked off a pass by Battle and the Phoenix scored three plays later when Cheek ran 18 yards for a touchdown for a 23- 3 halftime lead.
Cheek was 12 of 16 for 179 yards passing with an interception and scored on an 18- yard run. Summers gained 81 yards on 17 carries and Elon outgained William & Mary 319 yards to 271.
Battle hit Riley Wilson on a 1- yard scoring pass after completing a pass on fourth down, and the Tribe closed to 23- 17 after Nate Evans’
2- yard plunge in the third quarter.
Battle scrambled to convert another fourthdown play on the Tribe’s next drive, which ended with a missed 31- yard field goal attempt.
Battle was 11 of 21 for 155 yards passing. Evans gained 77 yards on 19 carries.