TIGERVILLE, SC- North Greenville's defense sacked Edward Waters College six times en route to a 48-19 victory Saturday night at Younts Stadium. Defensive end Andre Bernardi recorded 4 of those sacks on a night where he made seven total tackles (five solo) and five tackles for a loss.
North Greenville's dynamic duo at running back continued to impress. Matt Moore and Rashad Cummings combined for 241 yards. Moore went for 124 yards and two touchdowns, while Cummings added 117 yards and one touchdown. Fullback Tim Brown was no slouch, as he chipped in 72 yards on the ground and two touchdowns. All total, the Crusaders amassed 323 yards rushing.
"We ran hard and with authority," noted head coach Mike Taylor. "We ran better because we followed our blockers better. I am real proud of our running backs."
The Crusader defense was tough as well against a gritty Edward Waters offensive attack. Patrick Jarrett recorded 6.5 tackles, including one tackle for a loss and one interception. Derek White also made 6.5 tackles, including one tackle for a loss. Defensive end Ken Floyd added 3 tackles for a loss and a half sack.
The Tigers were led by quarterback Kamali Leitner who completed 22 of 34 passes for 274 yards and one touchdown. Terrance Bethel caught six passes for 109 yards to lead all receivers.
The Crusaders took an early 7-0 lead after Eric Moeller found Jarvis Garrett in the end zone with 3:23 left in the first quarter. Garrett made an outstanding one-hand grab to score the game's first touchdown. Adrian Escalona added the PAT.
North Greenville struck again at the 9:11 mark in the second quarter as Tim Brown took a 44-yard run to the house. The PAT attempt failed.
Edward Waters got on the scoreboard with 3:09 remaining in the first half as Rondez Dennis pounded in a 1-yard run. Hyaunt Couibaly's PAT made the score 13-7.
The Crusaders would light up the scoreboard once more before the half ended. To cap a 10-play, 70-yard drive, Travis Talbert took a 16-yard pass from Moeller with 18 seconds remaining in the second quarter. Escalona's PAT gave North Greenville a 20-7 lead heading into the locker room.
Rashad Cummings got the Crusaders started off right in the third quarter, going 27 yards for the score at the 9:45 mark to cap a 13-play, 77-yard drive. Escalona's PAT made the score 27-7. Six minutes later, Moore scored the first of his two touchdowns on a 9-yard run. Another Escalona PAT gave NGU a 34-7 advantage.
Trenton Stewart cut into the Crusader lead at the 14:30 mark in the fourth quarter on a 2-yard run. The PAT attempt failed.
Tim Brown scored his second touchdown of the night on a 7-yard run with 12:46 remaining in the ballgame as NGU went 50 yards in four plays. Escalona's PAT made the score 41-13.
Moore added his second touchdown with 8:54 remaining in the game on a 5-yard run. Escalona added his last PAT of the night to give NGU a 48-13 lead.
The Tigers scored the last touchdown of the night when Leitner found Dennis for a 21-yard score. The PAT attempt failed to make the score its final of 48-19.
Moeller finished the game with 132 yards on 11 of 21 passing with one interception. Talbert caught six passes for 82 yards and one touchdown.
North Greenville improves to 3-1, its best start since 1996. Edward Waters falls to 0-5. The Crusaders will travel to Charleston Southern next Saturday for a showdown with the Buccaneers. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m.