TIGERVILLE, SC- For the first time in school history, alumni came back to an on-campus Homecoming football game. Today's game also marked the first Homecoming since the school's name changed to North Greenville University. If the crowd of 3,400 came to see an exciting football game at Younts Stadium, the Crusaders and Warriors from Webber International did not disappoint them. While North Greenville controlled the clock and played well, the Warriors pulled out the victory 20-18.
Webber lit up the scoreboard first with 9:01 remaining in the first quarter. Steve Chancey scored on a 3-yard run to cap a 13-play, 81-yard drive that lasted 5:55. North Greenville struck back on their ensuing possession. Adrian Escalona hit a 28-yard field goal to make the score 7-3.
Each team would punt on their next possession, but Webber blocked North Greenville's punt and recovered on the NGU 9-yard line. Two plays later, quarterback Dedrick Sykes ran one yard for the touchdown to put the Warriors up 14-3 at halftime. North Greenville would answer early in the third quarter with a 9-play, 76-yard drive that ended with quarterback Eric Moeller hitting Brandon Dobbins on a 16-yard pass for the touchdown. Escalona's PAT made the score 14-10. Then after nine scoreless minutes, Escalona would add a 30-yard field goal to bring the Crusaders within one point of Webber. Escalona, who would lead all scorers with ten points, hit one more field goal, a 27-yarder, with 3:49 remaining in the game to give the Crusaders a 16-14 lead.
Less than two minutes later, after a 58-yard kickoff return by Jeremiah Chambliss, Sykes would find P.J. Curbeam in the end zone for a 9-yard score. The two-point conversion attempt failed, and Webber held a 20-16 lead with 2:17 left in the ballgame.
Matt Moore took the ensuing kickoff 29 yards to the NGU 36-yard line. Moeller and seniors Travis Mosley and James Crooks would lead North Greenville down the field to the Webber 35-yard line, but on first and ten with 1:12 remaining in the game, JaMarcus Watkins intercepted Moeller's pass. The Warriors took over and ran the clock down to 0:07. On fourth down, Sykes ran out of the back of the end zone as time expired. The safety gave the Crusaders two points to make the final score 20-18.
Senior linebacker Isaac Tate, who currently sits fifth in the nation for NCAA Division II total tackles and tenth for solo tackles, had another productive game. He led North Greenville with 5 solo tackles and 5 assisted tackles. Tate also had one interception.
Eric Moeller and Travis Talbert also played well. Moeller finished the day with 254 yards passing. He completed 26 of 50 passes with two interceptions. Talbert led all receivers 8 catches for 108 yards. Running back Travis Mosley finished to game with 96 yards on 25 carries.
Webber International improves to 5-1 on the season heading into next week's game versus Allen University. The Crusaders, who fell to 1-6 with the loss, will be on the road the next three weeks starting with Saturday's game at Chowan College. North Greenville will be back at Younts Stadium November 12th for an RA Day game versus Allen University.