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Hewitt leads Thundering Herd defense

Marshall is bowl eligible and within striking distance of East Carolina for the top spot in the Conference USA East division, and a former area stand out is a big reason why.

Neville Hewitt, a Rockdale graduate, continued his excellent junior season in the Thundering Herd’s blowout victory over UAB last weekend. Hewitt forced a fumble, had the team’s only sack and picked up seven tackles in Marshall’s 56-14 victory.

Hewitt, a linebacker who is in his first season at the Huntington, West Virginia school after transferring from Georgia Military Academy, is second on the team in tackles with 56 and is tied with two others for second on the team with 2.5 sacks.

Marshall, which is 6-3 overall and at 4-1 in conference play is just a half game behind first-place East Carolina, visits Tulsa tonight at 7:30 p.m.

Peoples, Furman two wins from title

Tyler Peoples and his teammates on the Furman men’s soccer team are just two wins from a conference championship after a 1-0 victory over Davidson in last week’s quarterfinals of the Southern Conference Tournament.

The No. 4 seed Paladins will play top seed Wofford in the semifinals Friday at 8:00 p.m. at Eugene Stone III Soccer Stadium in Greenville, South Carolina.

Furman (11-5-2) got to the semifinals thanks to a thrilling victory over fifth-seeded Davidson as Martin Ontiveros scored the only goal of the game with 24 seconds left in regulation. Peoples, a sophomore from Heritage, had one of the Paladins’ 10 shots on goal.

Peoples, a midfielder, is second on the team with five goals and third with 11 points.