Crusaders impeach Governors
Saturday, November 4, 2006
Crusaders impeach Governors
RB Matt Moore racked up 214 yards and 3 TDs in 44-35 victory

CLARKSVILLE, TN- North Greenville University played the spoiler role Saturday afternoon at Governors Stadium, dealing Austin Peay State University a 44-35 loss on the Governors’ Homecoming Day. The Crusaders outscored the Governors 30-14 in the second half and amassed 545 total yards in the win over the Division I-AA school.

Matt Moore had a field day in the second half, rushing for 168 yards in the third and fourth quarters. Moore finished with 214 yards and 3 touchdowns. Quarterback Eric Moeller completed 17 of 26 passes for 236 yards and 2 touchdowns. Travis Talbert led the Crusader receiving corps with 6 receptions for 85 yards and one touchdown.

Defensively, the Crusaders were led by Josh Williams who recorded 11 total tackles, including four solo tackles. Tyrell Davis added eight total tackles, including six solo tackles, one tackle for a loss, and one interception.

The Governors were led by running back Chris Fletcher, who set career and single-season rushing records for the Governors today. Fletcher finished the game with 163 yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries. Quarterback Mark Cunningham completed 23 of 35 passes for 261 yards and two touchdowns.

Austin Peay lit up the scoreboard first at the 9:22 mark in the first quarter when Cunningham found Frederick for a 5-yard touchdown strike. Ross Coffee’s PAT attempt was no good. The score was set up when Josh Williams fumbled while attempting to receive a punt.

The Governors rode that momentum to another score with 2:41 remaining in the first quarter on a 1-yard touchdown run by Fletcher. Coffee’s PAT gave Austin Peay a 13-0 lead.

North Greenville took the momentum back when Tyrell Davis intercepted a Cunningham pass in Governor territory. Moeller then connected with Talbert from 28-yards out to put the Crusaders on the board. Adrian Escalona added to PAT to pull NGU to 13-7 at the 13:09 mark in the second quarter.

The Crusader defense forced a punt on the Governors next possession. The ensuing drive was almost stopped, but Moeller completed a pass to Talbert on fourth and three to keep the drive alive. Moore completed the 61-yard drive with a 2-yard touchdown run. Escalona’s PAT gave the Crusaders a 14-13 advantage.

Austin Peay stole the momentum right before halftime, scoring with thirty-eight seconds remaining in the first half on a 32-yard run by Fletcher. Cunningham hit Emmanuel Yancey for the 2-point conversion to make the score 21-14 heading into the locker room at halftime.

Moore evened the score for the Crusaders early in the second half, dashing 58-yards for the touchdown with 8:07 remaining in the third quarter. Escalona’s PAT tied the game at 21-21. Moore added his third touchdown of the day at the 1:54 mark in the third quarter, weaving his way through Governor defenders en route to an 8-yard touchdown run. Escalona’s PAT gave the Crusaders a 28-21 lead.

Austin Peay pulled even with 14:19 left in the game when Fletcher scored from three yards out. Coffee’s kick tied the game at 28-28.

North Greenville answered with a 64-yard scoring drive, capped by a 11-yard strike from Moeller to Dobbins. Escalona’s PAT gave the Crusaders a 35-28 advantage with 11:00 remaining in the game. Rashad Cummings extended the Crusaders’ lead with an 11-yard run. Escalona’s PAT failed.

Fletcher added a touchdown for the Governors with 2:43 remaining in the game on a 2-yard run. Coffee’s PAT made the score 41-35.

Escalona sealed the win for the Crusaders with a 21-yard field goal with 1:02 left in the game to make the score its final of 44-35. The score was set up by a 36-yard rush by Moore on the first play of the drive.

North Greenville improves to 8-2, while Austin Peay falls to 2-7. The Crusaders will wrap up regular season play next Saturday as they play host to Concord University on RA Day at Younts Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 1:30 p.m.