Receivers make big plays for Lions offense

When UNA quarterback Luke Wingo steps back to pass, he knows he has plenty of options to throw the football.

Junior wide receiver Delvon Carpenter and freshman wide receiver Dre Hall have emerged as big play threats for the Lions. Carpenter has 697 yards receiving and six touchdowns while averaging a whopping 19.9 yards per catch.

“Delvon is just a great player that makes big plays,” said coach Bobby Wallace. “He’s just a good competitor with great hands and great speed. It’s unusual for a first-year junior college guy to come in right off the bat and catch your attention.”

Carpenter played at New Mexico Military Institute prior to transferring to UNA this year.

He landed on SportsCenter’s top 10 plays after making an acrobatic game-wining grab to beat the University of West Georgia 31-28 Oct. 25.

“I never thought I would end up on ESPN,” he said. “I was just focusing on making the catch.”

Hall is seeing his first collegiate action after spending last season redshirting and contributing on the scout team.

“It’s more fun getting prepared for the game then preparing others for the game,” he said.

Hall is the second leading receiver for the Lions this season with 28 catches for 508 yards and four touchdowns.

“Dre had a good spring and worked hard to be where he’s at,” Wallace said. “They compliment each other very well. The two outside guys have caught big passes almost every game.”

Carpenter and Hall rank No. 2 and No. 5, respectively in receiving yards per game in the Gulf South Conference.

“We just go out there and try to make plays to help our team win games,” Carpenter said. “Our only concern is getting W’s.”

Third leading receiver Lee Mayhall dislocated his ankle against Shorter University Nov. 8 and will miss the remainder of the season.

Mayhall had 25 receptions for 287 yards on the season.

“We’re going to have to step up and have others step up with Mayhall out,” Hall said. “It’s going to have to be a group effort.”

Junior receiver Korey Jones stepped up in Mayhall’s absence and has five of his nine total catches in the last two games.

“I think Korey’s knee has finally gotten better,” Wallace said. “He was a little tentative on it early in the year. It’s funny cause he came on at the end of last year too.”

The Lions kickoff the playoffs Nov. 22 as they host Valdosta State University at 12 p.m.

“I don’t really care who makes the plays for us,” Carpenter said. “I know we have a great group here and everybody needs to be ready when their number is called.”