BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. (AP) — Narii Gaither had 137 of Gardner-Webb's 412 rushing yards, Janiero Crankfield rushed for three scores, and the Runnin' Bulldogs routed Division II Limestone 56-21 on Thursday night in a season opener for both teams.
Gaither, a preseason All-American who has been named to the Walter Payton Award watch list, had 120 yards in the first half as the Runnin' Bulldogs piled up 309 rushing yards. Gardner-Webb had 394 yards of total offense and 22 first downs in the half while holding the Saints to 131 yards and five first downs.
Gardner-Webb scored 42 points in the first half and finished the game with 642 total yards. Limestone, with a spark from quarterback John Seter in the second half, finished with 347 total yards. Seter had 259 passing yards and two touchdowns.
Matthew Caldwell was 12-of-15 passing for 137 yards for Gardner-Webb. The Runnin' Bulldogs scored all eight of their touchdowns on the ground.
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