TIGERVILLE, SC- North Greenville University tied a school record for wins in a season Saturday as the Crusaders held off a pesky Concord University team for a 28-25 win. The last time North Greenville won nine games was 1988 at the junior college level.
The North Greenville offense, ranked #1 among D-II teams in the nation, now boasts two 1,000-yard rushers for the season in Matt Moore (1,118 yards) and Rashad Cummings (1,020 yards).
Senior defensive end Ken Floyd, playing his final regular season game at Younts Stadium, forced a fumble with just over 10 minutes to play in the fourth quarter to set up what proved to be the winning touchdown. Moore took the handoff to the right side with 5:20 remaining in the game, but fumbled just short of the goal line. Jarvis Garrett fell on the ball in the endzone for the touchdown. Adrian Escalona added the PAT to give NGU a 28-18 lead.
Concord came back on their next possession, driving 72 yards in seven plays for the score. QB Dustin Greenwood connected with Aaron Hewlett for a 28-yard touchdown. Zach Boyd's PAT closed NGU's lead to three with 2 minutes to play. Greg Woerner recovered the onside kick and the Crusaders held on for the victory.
Greenwood led all rushers with 232 yards on 28 carries. Greenwood passed for two touchdowns and rushed for one. Aaron Hewlett caught six passes for 105 yards and two touchdowns for the Mountain Lions.
Moore led North Greenville with 106 yards rushing and one touchdown on 17 carries. Cummings finished the game with 76 yards rushing and one touchdown on 19 carries.
Eric Moeller completed 14 of 20 passes for 156 yards and a touchdown. Travis Talbert led the receiving corps with five receptions for 67 yards. Brandon Dobbins added four receptions for 75 yards and a touchdown.
Defensively, North Greenville was led by senior linebacker Derek White, who recorded 12 total tackles, including five solo tackles, one tackle for a loss, and one sack. Josh Williams, the team's leading tackler, finished with nine total tackles, including five solo tackles and a half tackle for a loss.
Terrance Lee led the Concord defensive unit with 12 total tackles, including six solo tackles and 1.5 tackles for a loss. Both Joseph Spano and Doug Heath recorded 10 total tackles.
North Greenville wraps up the regular season 9-2, the school's best mark as a four-year institution. Concord finishes the season 3-8.
Next Saturday, November 18th, North Greenville will host the 2006 NCCAA Victory Bowl at Younts Stadium. The Crusaders will play host to Malone College (Ohio). Kickoff is slated for 1:00 p.m.