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November 20, 1987
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ElAPPY THANKSGIVING!
BOILING SPRINGS, NORTH CAROLINA
SAC 8 CHAMPS!
By Burt Wilson
With a 7-1 record, a number
eight national ranking, and
SAC-8 championship on the line
the Gardner-Webb Bulldogs fell
behind 20-0 in Saturday’s Nov.
7 championship showdown a-
gainst Presbyterian. But Gard
ner-Webb fans didn’t panic.
This was not anything new for
the Bulldogs. Just a week ago
they fell behind 14-0 before
rallying for a 49-28 win over
Elon. That victory set up this
year’s "main event" in the SAC
8 between the surprising Bull
dogs and Blue Hose.
Presbyterian had scored on
its first three possessions
but failed to convert on their
third extra point. At the
time, the failed attempt
seemed minor as the Blue Hose
led 20-0 with three minutes
remaining in the first quar
ter. But its significance
would weigh heavy in the final
minutes of the gcune.
As the first quarter ran
down, a fake punt attempt
finally woke the sleeping
Bulldogs. On fourth down-and-
eight, up-back Curt Pressley
took a short snap and broke
away for a 36 yard touchdown
run to make the score 20-7. On
their next possession, the
Bulldog’s Jeff Parker added a
25 yard field goal to close
the Blue Hose’s lead to 10
points.
After Warren Choice
intercepted a Presbyterian
pass at the 41 yard line,
quarterback Jesse James hit
wide receiver Frank Cunningham
on a 24 yard touchdown pass.
Parker added the extra point
and the Bulldogs went in at
halftime trailing 20-17. Then
to open the second half, Par
ker connected on a career best
50 yard field goal knotting
the score at 20 all.
Presbyterian would answer
with a pair of field goals
from Chris Wingo and close out
the third quarter with a 6
point lead. Gardner-Webb then
began its winning drive. Their
march of 68 yards in winning
plays was capped off with a
Chris Poston plunge into the
end zone to give Gardner-Webb
a 27-26 lead.
But Presbyterian had their
chances to win the game in the
final minutes. The Blue Hose
twice got inside the Bulldog
25 yard line, only to have
crucial penalties negate the
gains. Wingo ’ s last chcuice
field goal attempt from 41
yards missed wide to the left
and with 2:49 remaining the
Bulldogs had secured their
victory.
THE PLAYOFF GAME IS
CLINCHED!!! On Saturday,
November 14, the Bulldogs
defeated Mars Hill in a stun
ning come-from-behind victory
to secure at least a tie for
the SAC-8 championship. The
victory also means the first-
ever playoff bid for GWC.
Moderates Win BSC Elections
By Robyn Lindsay
On Tuesday, November 10, a
crowd of delegates gathered in
Greensboro Coliseum for the
presidential election of the
Baptist State Convention in
which liberal (the label at
tached by opponents), Rev.
Leon Smith of Goldsboro, was
elected. Smith won by the maj
ority of 62% of the votes. Ned
Mathews (labeled "fundamental
ist" by opponents), pastor of
Parkwood Baptist Church of
Gastonia, was his opponent.
He came away with 36% of the
votes. The small percentage of
remaining votes went to Ted G.
Stone of Durham who claimed
neither side, but described
himself as a "grass-roots Bap-
tist--part of the vast main
stream tied with neither ex
treme . "
Also elected at the con
vention was Eugene Watterson,
pastor of First Baptist Church
of Shelby, as First Vice-Pres-
ident. Helen Cashwell of Ral
eigh N.C. was elected second
vice-president.
This year’s Baptist State
Convention boasted one of the
highest attendance records ev
er, with a total of approxi
mately 6,000 people. This high
attendcince was due in part to
the many people who came be
cause their interest cind in
vestment in the division was
significant.
The election came less than
a month after the resignations
of Randall Lolley and Morris
Ashcraft as the President and
Dean of Southeastern Baptist
Theological Seminary. Their
resignations came as a result
of the board of trustees vot
ing to give itself full con
trol over the selection of the
seminary’s faculty. Such con
trol, in the hands of a funda
mentalist board, could lead to
reductions in the freedom of
present and future faculty.
The New Right fundamental
ist take-over of Southeastern
and the fear of the same hap
pening to the Baptist State
Convention are what provoked
the enoirmous voting response
at the election. Gardner-Webb
is tied in to this issue in
that it is one of six Baptist
liberal arts colleges whose
destiny will be determined by
the make-up and philosophy of
its governing boards.
Iisr THI
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Football
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Convention
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Editorials
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Take One
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Theatre
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From the Fish
Tank
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"Toy Shop"
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The Barking Bulldog
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Basketball
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Art
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