Big plays cost Crusaders
Saturday, September 17, 2005

Pikeville, KY- Playing under the lights for the first time this season, the North Greenville Crusaders played inspired football, but ran out of gas in the 30-20 loss to Pikeville College. North Greenville showed a lot of poise after suffering a tough loss to Wingate last week, but the Bears continued to make big plays that cost the Crusaders.

Travis Mosley got the Crusaders on the board first with a 44-yard touchdown run with 2:50 left in the first quarter. The Bears would answer early in the second quarter with a 34-yard field goal. E.J. Underwood then took a punt return 77-yards for the touchdown. It was the first punt return for a touchdown in school history. North Greenville responded with 2-yard Rashad Cummings touchdown run.

An inspired North Greenville defense would occasionally bend, but not break in the first half. The defensive unit held Pikeville to only one offensive touchdown in the first half and a field goal. The Crusader offense, having already scored two touchdowns, was driving down the field and looking to add to their 14-10 lead with 1:30 remaining in the first half, but a failed reverse on 3rd and one forced a punt. Then, with :51 remaining, Pikeville quarterback Chip English hooked up with Antwan Marsh for a 67-yard touchdown pass.

Big plays and a strong rushing attack by the Bears would be the story of the second half. Pikeville running back Calvin Joplin ran for 110 yards in the third quarter alone. Joplin would finish with 241 yards on 30 carries. Joplin took one handoff in the third quarter for 64 yards, which set up a 29-yard touchdown run by James Kirby with :57 left in the third quarter.

Midway through the fourth quarter, quarterback Eric Moeller threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Travis Talbert to cap an 11-play, 93 yard drive to make the score 30-20 after a failed two-point conversion.

The Crusader ground game, which has struggled of late, picked up against Pikeville. Travis Mosley rushed for 91 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries, while Cummings added 56yards and one touchdown. Wide Receiver Travis Talbert had an outstanding game hauling in 7 catches for 182 yards and one touchdown.

The Crusader defense was once again anchored by Isaac Tate who had 16 total tackles. Chad Castor added 10 total tackles and two interceptions for the Crusaders.

North Greenville will play host to Charleston Southern on Saturday, September 24 at Younts Stadium in Tigerville, SC. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m.