TIGERVILLE, SC- Travis Mosley put an exclamation point on a outstanding career by leading North Greenville University to a 64-27 victory over Allen University on Senior Day in Younts Stadium. The Crusaders' sixty-four points breaks a school record of fifty-nine that was set just last season against Southern Virginia University. Mosley rushed for 253 yards on 35 carries, and scored four touchdowns for the second straight week.
Mosley finishes the season with 1,138 yards rushing and 16 touchdowns. However, he was not the only Crusader to put up big numbers. Senior linebacker Isaac Tate punched in another double-digit tackle performance. He had 7 solo tackles and 5 assists to finish with 127 total tackles for the season. Tate currently sits number one in NCAA Division II for solo tackles and 6th for total tackles. Quarterback Eric Moeller passed for 216 yards and three touchdowns on 14-21 passing. He broke the 2,000 yard mark in the win.
The game was close through halftime. Allen lit up the scoreboard first on a 34-yard pass from Darius Coleman to Allen Lee. Marvin Umanzor's PAT gave Allen an early 7-0 lead. North Greenville struck back on the ensuing drive. Jarvis Garrett caught a 27-yard pass from Moeller with 8:09 remaining in the first quarter. Adrian Escalona's PAT tied to score at 7-7. The two teams would trade scores as Coleman found Antonio Grier for an 8-yard touchdown and then Mosley scored from 3 yards out with less than a minute remaining in the first quarter. North Greenville blocked Umanzor's second PAT attempt, while Escalona split the uprights with his to give the Crusaders a 14-13 lead.
Coleman would hook up with Grier once again early in the second quarter for a 22-yard touchdown pass. After over eleven scoreless minutes, North Greenville took over at the 50-yard line with just seven seconds remaining in the first half. Moeller took the snap and uncorked a deep ball towards Brandon Dobbins. An Allen defender tipped the ball, and it fell into Dobbins' hands and he ran 10 yards for the score. The touchdown gave North Greenville and its fans some much needed excitement and a 22-20 halftime lead after Moeller found Garrett in the end zone for a 2-point conversion.
North Greenville would wear down Allen in the second half. Moeller found Dobbins for one more touchdown in the third quarter. Matt Moore scored on a 9-yard run. Mosley scored once in the third quarter and twice in the fourth on runs of 5, 13, and 14 respectively. Allen would score once more when Coleman found Lee for a 13-yard touchdown. The last score of the game came when Ronrico Jones picked off a Coleman pass and took it 71 yards for the touchdown. Escalona's eighth PAT of the game made it a final 64-27 with 2:19 left in the game. That touchdown set the school record for points scored in a game.
Dobbins had career highs in receptions and yards. He caught 6 passes for 126 yards and two touchdowns. Defensive End Ken Floyd finished with 5 tackles and 2 sacks.
Coach Mike Taylor was happy for his seniors. "They finished out strong," said Taylor. "We were determined to play these guys. They have been through a lot when you think about it- they've had three different head coaches."
"They are good leaders and good people." Taylor also noted, "we were terrible in the first half. We did not focus and did not play hard, but that miracle play at the end of the half really helped us and we played better and made it happen in the second half."
Along with it being Senior Day, it was also Royal Ambassador (RA) Day at Younts Stadium. Mosley sure won the hearts of all the young RA's in attendance. He was surrounded by a group of kids seeking autographs of their favorite Crusader following the game. "Travis Mosley rocks!" noted one young fan, six-year old Caleb Crouse. "I'm going to tell him that next year I will see him in the NFL."
It was such a day at Younts Stadium; full of excited youth and excited football players and fans.