Quarterback Eric Moeller completed 20 of 31 passes for 293 yards and one touchdown for the Crusaders. Travis Talbert was responsible for 136 of those yards on six receptions and one touchdown. Brandon Dobbins hauled in 103 yards receiving on six catches as well. Rashad Cummings led
Ward Tanner led the Panthers with 260 yards and 3 touchdowns on 17 of 44 passing. DeMarcus Ganaway and Demetrice Jefferson both topped the 100-yard rushing mark for KWC.
Matt Moore started off the scoring for the Crusaders on a 34-yard run at the 8:56 mark in the first quarter. The play capped a 6-play, 58-yard drive. Adrian Escalona added the PAT to give NGU an early 7-0 advantage. Less than one minute later, after a Panther fumble, Cummings added a touchdown for
Escalona got on the board for three more points at the 3:35 mark with a 31-yard field goal. The Crusader defense held Kentucky Wesleyan again, and then Moeller found Talbert across the middle for a 36-yard touchdown strike. Escalona’s PAT gave the Crusaders a 24-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter saw considerably less scoring.
To close the first half, Kentucky Wesleyan capped a 6-play, 32-yard drive with a 14-yard touchdown run by T.J. Martin. Brandon Hodnett’ PAT made the score 31-7 at halftime.
Fumbles plagued the Crusader offense in the second half. In the third quarter, NGU inserted defensive lineman Ken Floyd into the backfield in a goal line set, but Floyd mishandled a handoff and the Panthers recovered the fumble. The Crusader defense stopped Kentucky Wesleyan’s offensive attack, but when NGU got the ball back, Moeller fumbled in his own end zone and Brent Nicholas recovered for a Panther touchdown. Hodnett’s PAT cut the Crusader lead to 31-14.
The Panthers cut further into the lead on a 19-yard touchdown strike from Ward to Vance Woods with 11:54 left in the game. Hodnett’s PAT made the score 31-21.
Two possessions later, Moeller hit Brandon Dobbins for a 31-yard strike to the Panther 1-yard line. But two plays later, another fumble ruined NGU’s chance of scoring a touchdown. However,
Kentucky Wesleyan scored again on another Ward touchdown pass, this one 39 yards to Demetrice Jefferson. Hodnett added the PAT.
Cummings scored his second touchdown of the game on a 27-yard run with 4:40 remaining in the game to give NGU a 44-27 advantage. Woods rounded out the scoring for the Panthers with his second touchdown of the day on a 39-yard pass from Ward to make the score its final of 44-34.