MURFREESBORO, NC- North Greenville University scored early and often, racking up 497 yards of offense in a 56-20 rout of Chowan College in Garrison Stadium Saturday. After stopping the Braves on their first possession, the Crusaders took over on their own 20-yard line. North Greenville then proceeded to march all the way to the end zone in seven plays. Senior Running Back Travis Mosley had rushes of 30, 18, and 2 yards and a reception for 9 yards before rushing 4 yards for the score. Adrian Escalona added the PAT to make the score 7-0 with 10:04 remaining in the first quarter.
On the ensuing kickoff, North Greenville made a statement that they wanted to get the lead early. Escalona kicked an on-sides kick and the Crusaders recovered. Quarterback Eric Moeller then hit tight end Brandon Dobbins for a 44-yard gain, taking the Crusaders down to the Braves' 10-yard line. Four plays later, Moeller would find Travis Talbert in the end zone for the 2-yard touchdown. Escalona's PAT made it 14-0 at the 7:46 mark in the first quarter.
The Braves would strike back on their next possession. On the second play of the drive, Josh Floyd took a reverse handoff 59-yards to the end zone. North Greenville blocked the PAT to keep the score 14-6 with 6:23 left in the first quarter. Mosley kept the Crusaders going on the ensuing drive with a 32-yard run on third and 22 from the NGU 46-yard line. After an 18-yard pass from Moeller to Talbert, Mosley would rush for a 3-yard touchdown to cap an 8-play, 52-yard drive. Escalona's kick made it 21-6 with 2:41 remaining in the first quarter.
After exchanging scoreless possessions, Jake Thorne capped a 3-play, 50-yard drive with a 4-yard rushing touchdown for the Braves. Thorne then rushed for the two-point conversion to make the score 21-14 at the end of the first quarter.
North Greenville took control of the game in the second quarter. An Isaac Tate-led defense would surrender only six more points the rest of the afternoon. Tate led all Crusader tacklers with 5 solo tackles and 2 assisted tackles. While the defense shut down Chowan, the Crusader offensive attack kept rolling, scoring three touchdowns and a field goal in the second quarter. Dobbins took a 22-yard pass from Moeller at the 10:47 mark in the second quarter. Then with 6:59 remaining in the first half, Tony Ashmore capped an 8-play, 44-yard drive with a 5-yard touchdown run. Escalona's kick made the score 35-14. Moeller then found Talbert for a 28-yard touchdown pass with 2:34 left in the half. Escalona's kick failed, but he redeemed himself with a season-long 38-yard field goal with just three seconds left in the second quarter. The Crusaders, who scored on every first half possession but one, took a 44-14 lead into halftime.
Adrian Escalona would add another field goal, this one from 33-yards, with 2:34 remaining in the third quarter to make the score 47-14. The Braves would score once more at the 9:55 mark in the fourth quarter. Brandon Squires ran 3 yards for the touchdown to cap a 8-play, 59-yard drive. Chowan elected to attempt a two-point conversion, but the pass was intercepted by Josh Williams and returned 99-yards to give the Crusaders an extra two points. Then, at the 4:19 mark, Matt Moore added a touchdown for North Greenville with a 1-yard run. Escalona's kick gave the Crusaders a final 56-20 lead.
North Greenville amassed 497 yards of total offense while only allowing 389. Travis Mosley led the Crusaders with 183 yards on 26 carries and 2 touchdowns. Moeller completed 13 of 22 passes for 189 yards and 3 touchdowns and zero interceptions. Talbert led the receiving corps with six receptions for 77 yards and 2 touchdowns. Dobbins had two receptions for 66 yards. Mosley, Talbert, and Escalona all scored 12 points each. Isaac Tate, who is currently fifth in the nation for Division II total tackles, led the Crusader defense once again with 7 total tackles. Micheal Gossenreiter also had 7 total tackles for the Crusaders.
North Greenville improved to 2-6 on the season. The Braves fell to 2-6. North Greenville will have a short week coming up as they travel to Jacksonville, FL for a Thursday night showdown with Jacksonville University. Kickoff is slated to 7:00 p.m.