Newberry defeats Crusaders 39-20
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Newberry defeats Crusaders 39-20

TIGERVILLE, SC—Newberry College amassed 484 yards of total offense en route to a 39-20 at North Greenville University in Thursday night primetime action. The game, televised by Charter 10 in the upstate, was the first NGU home game ever to be on television. The #12 Indians improve to 3-0 on the season, while North Greenville falls to 0-3.

The Crusaders were led by Rashad Cummings (Mt. Dora, FL), who rushed for 122 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries. Eric Moeller (Middleburg, FL) completed nine of 12 passes for 123 yards, but left the game early in the third quarter with a concussion.

For the Indians, Alex Haynes led the way with 150 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries. QB Brandon Gantt completed 13 of 19 passes for 134 and two touchdowns after coming in the game for Eric McCollom, who suffered an injury in the second quarter. McCollom completed seven of nine passes for 130 yards and two touchdowns.

Defensively, Doug Wilson (Matthews, NC) led the Crusaders with 11 tackles and a half tackle for a loss. Donovan Davis (Mauldin, SC) recorded nine tackles and one tackle for a loss, while Tyrell Davis (Sumter, SC) and Joe Novotasky (Middleburg, FL) each added eight tackles.

North Greenville gained 314 yards of total offense. 164 yards came on the ground, while 150 were gained through the air.

Newberry lit up the scoreboard first as McCollom connected with Haynes for a 21-yard touchdown strike. Ryan Lukshis’ PAT attempt was blocked, keeping the Indians’ lead at 6-0.

North Greenville answered on the ensuing possession, driving 77 yards in 12 plays. Cummings capped the drive with a 14-yard score. Adrian Escalona’s (Rome, GA) PAT gave the Crusaders a 7-6 advantage.

The Indians struck back on the first play of the second quarter as McCollom found Charles Brandon for a 65-yard touchdown pass. The two-point conversion attempt failed, giving Newberry a 12-7 lead.

The teams exchanged possessions twice before Cummings scored his second touchdown of the night, a 58-yard run on third-and-one. Escalona’s PAT put the Crusaders up 14-12.

Newberry answered with just 46 seconds remaining in the first half as David Smith caught an 11-yard score from Gantt. Lukshis’ PAT gave the Indians a 19-14 halftime lead.

Newberry scored the first three touchdowns of the second half. Gantt connected with Brown for a 21-yard touchdown, while Haynes scored on runs of 74 yards and one yard to put Newberry up 39-14.

Brandon Dobbins (Goose Creek, SC) caught a 6-yard pass from freshman QB Ricky Casko (Cartersville, GA) with 3:50 remaining in the game. The PAT failed to make the score its final of 39-20.

Late in the game RB Matt Moore suffered a head injury on a first-and-ten run to the Newberry three-yard line. The game was delayed for 25 minutes as the NGU Sports Medicine Team and EMS workers treated Moore before transporting him to a local hospital. The latest update NGU Sports Information received is that Moore is responsive and communicating at the hospital. Moore's CAT scan showed no neck injury. He will be kept at the hospital overnight for observation.

North Greenville will travel to Kingsland, GA next Saturday to play Edward Waters College in the Ralph J. Bunche Classic. The game will be held at Chris Gilman Stadium at Camden County High School.