Presbyterian downs Crusaders in shootout, 66-52
Saturday, October 6, 2007
Presbyterian downs Crusaders in shootout, 66-52
Photo Credit: Steve Owens

CLINTON, SCPresbyterian College and North Greenville University combined for 118 points and 1,180 total offensive yards as the Blue Hose defeated the Crusaders 66-52. Presbyterian improves to 3-3 on the season, while North Greenville fell to 1-5.

Presbyterian quarterback Tim Webb led the Blue Hose, completing 31 of 40 passes for 648 yards and seven touchdowns. Webb set school records for touchdown passes in a game and passing yards in a game.

Terrance Butler and Larry Thomas led the Presbyterian receiving corps with seven receptions and three touchdowns each. Butler and Thomas hauled in 215 and 149 yards respectively.

The Blue Hose tallied 665 total offensive yards.

Eric Moeller led the Crusader offense, completing 25 of 35 passes for 253 yards and four touchdowns.

Travis Talbert caught eight passes for 84 yards and three touchdowns, while Brandon Dobbins hauled in seven passes for 96 yards and one touchdown.

Rashad Cummings rushed 22 times for 105 yards and one touchdown.

Defensively, Caleb Massengill led all tacklers with 13 tackles for the Blue Hose. Antwan Thomas recorded eight tackles, including 2.5 tackles for loss.

Rashaun Johnson led the Crusader defense with seven tackles, while Donovan Davis recorded five.

Presbyterian opened the scoring fifty-four seconds into the game as Webb connected with Butler on a 42-yard touchdown strike. Cam Miller’s PAT gave the Blue Hose an early 7-0 lead.

After forcing North Greenville to punt, PC added three more points on a 31-yard field goal from Miller.

Curtis Dewberry took the ensuing kickoff 58-yards to the PC 35-yard line. Matt Moore capped the drive with a one-yard touchdown run. Adrian Escalona’s PAT cut the lead to 10-7. The touchdown marked the first time in three games against the Blue Hose that North Greenville has scored.

On the following possession, the Blue Hose drove to the North Greenville 34-yard line, but Derrick Miller forced a fumble from wide receiver Tyler Robbins to give the Crusaders the ball. North Greenville could not get a first down, however, and punted the ball. Presbyterian, then scored on an 84-yard pass from Webb to Matt Quinn on third-and-two. Miller’s PAT put Presbyterian up 17-7.

North Greenville threatened on the next possession, but Dobbins bobbled the third-down pass to the back of the end zone, setting up an Escalona 23-yard field goal to cut the lead to 17-10.

Christian Jordan intercepted a Webb pass to give North Greenville possession again, but the Crusaders could not capitalize. Antwan Thomas intercepted a Moeller pass and returned it nine yards for the score to put the Blue Hose up 24-10.

North Greenville answered with a 13-play, 64-yard scoring drive capped by a three-yard pass from Moeller to Talbert at the 2:12 mark in the second quarter. Escalona’s PAT cut the lead to 24-17.

Presbyterian closed the half with a 52-yard drive, scoring from six yards out on a pass from Webb to Larry Thomas with twenty-five seconds left in the half. Miller’s PAT made the halftime score 31-17.

North Greenville came out swinging in the third quarter, driving 64 yards in eight plays. Talbert capped the drive with an 18-yard touchdown reception on a fade route down the right sideline. Escalona’s PAT brought the Crusaders to within a touchdown at 31-24.

Presbyterian answered with a 53-yard strike from Webb to Butler with at the 10:22 mark in the third quarter. Miller’s PAT put the Blue Hose up 38-24.

After forcing a North Greenville punt, Presbyterian extended its lead to 45-24 with 6:48 remaining in the third quarter on another touchdown reception from Thomas.

Cummings scored from nine yards out with 3:44 remaining in the third quarter to cut the score to 45-31.

On the first play of the ensuing drive, Webb hit Butler for a 72-yard score, his sixth touchdown pass of the game. Miller’s PAT put Presbyterian up 52-31 with 3:23 remaining in the third quarter.

North Greenville answered with a 12-play, 76-yard drive, capped by a nine-yard pass from Moeller to Brandon Dobbins at the 12:23 mark in the fourth quarter. Escalona’s PAT made the score 52-38.

On the ensuing possession, Webb set two school records on one play as he connected with Thomas for a 70-yard touchdown, his seventh TD pass of the game. With the pass, Webb broke school records for touchdown passes in a game and passing yards in game. Miller’s PAT made the score 59-38, a Bailey Stadium record for points scored in a game.

Talbert caught his third touchdown pass of the game with 6:41 remaining in the game, a five-yard fade route to the back right corner. Escalona’s PAT made the score 59-45.

North Greenville tried an onside kick on the kickoff, but Justin Grant picked up the ball at the 38-yard line and took it to the end zone to put PC up 66-45.

The Crusaders rounded out the scoring with 48 seconds remaining in the game as Dewberry leaped over the line and into the end zone from the one-yard line. Escalona’s PAT made the score its final of 66-52.

North Greenville will be back in action next Saturday at North Carolina Central University. Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m.