On Campus notebook: Aston having success at Pittsburgh

Sherando graduate George Aston (Sherando ’14) got the first carries of his college career for the University of Pittsburgh’s football team the last two weeks, and he made the most of them.

The redshirt sophomore fullback has five carries for 13 yards and two touchdowns in two games played this season.

Aston has both of his touchdowns in a 42-39 win over Penn State on Sept. 10. Aston scored on a 1-yard touchdown run in the first quarter against the Nittany Lions, and added a 3-yard run in the second quarter to put Pittsburgh up 28-7.

He finished the game with four carries for 14 yards.

On the other side of the field, Derek Dowrey (Handley ’12) started on the offensive line for Penn State. Dowrey helped lead Penn State to 74 yards rushing and 332 yards passing in the loss.

Aston had one carry this past weekend for the Panthers for a 1-yard loss in a 45-38 defeat to Oklahoma State University. He also had one reception for 12 yards in the game.

Aston also has helped block the way for a strong running game this season. The Panthers have 717 yards rushing this season, led by James Conner’s 281 yards. Conner missed most of last season due to an injury and a battle with Hodgkin lymphoma.

Last year Aston started four games and played in all 13 for the Panthers. He finished the season with eight receptions for 40 yards and two touchdowns.

Productive Cavalier: Zach Blair (Skyline ’13) continues to perform at a high level for the University of Virginia-Wise’s football squad.

Blair leads the team in tackles with 25, including 18 solo and 20 tackles for a loss. Blair led the team in tackles last season.

The senior linebacker also has one sack and one interception.

This past weekend Blair had seven tackles in a 64-13 loss to Shepherd University. Blair also blocked a kick in the defeat.

Shepherd’s Reid Entsminger (Sherando ’14) also had three tackles and a fumble recovery in the game.

He had a sack, an interception and nine tackles in the first game of the season, a 13-10 victory over Tusculum on Sept. 1.

Sizzling start: Christopher Newport University’s football team is off to a 3-0 start and Taylor Loudan (Sherando ’13) has played a key role in the success.

Loudan, a senior wide receiver, leads the team with 25 receptions for 374 yards and two touchdowns in three contests. He has three carries for 24 yards rushing. Loudan also completed his only pass attempt for four yards.

He has nine punt returns for 98 yards, including a 34-yarder.

Loudan’s best receiving game came against Hampden-Sydney on Sept. 10. He caught 11 passes for 161 yards and one touchdown.

He caught seven passes in CNU’s other two games. This past weekend he caught seven passes for 139 yards and a touchdown in a 42-28 victory over Wesley College.

The Captains are now ranked No. 24 in the D3football.com Poll. They play at the College of New Jersey on Saturday and will try for their first-ever 4-0 start in the program’s 16-year history.

Rhett Morris (Sherando ’15) has kicked on kickoffs for the Captains. He has 14 kicks this season for 616 yards, and also went 2 for 2 on extra points in the victory over Wesley College.

Contact staff writer Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 168, or tkeeler@nvdaily.com