NGU FALLS TO NAIA SHORTER COLLEGE 37-21
Shorter College of Rome, GA staged a furious rally in the fourth quarter as A.J. Cooley scored on runs of one yard and 99 yards to lead the Hawks to a 37-21 victory over NGU at Barron Stadium.
The Crusaders’ road woes continued despite battling the Hawks even through three quarters. Matt Moore opened the scoring in the game as he dashed in from six yards out to cap a 12 play 73 yard drive by NGU. After a Shorter field goal, Rashad Cummings broke free on a 26-yard touchdown to put NGU up 14-3 with 1:40 left in the first period. The Crusaders again dominated the offense in the opening stanza on a nine play 80 yard drive.
NGU’s kicking woes plagued them again as they had yet another punt blocked and returned for a touchdown in the second quarter. A.J. Cooley, who scored four touchdowns against the Crusaders on the day, added his second touchdown of the second period to put Shorter up 23-14 at halftime. Cooley set numerous school records for the Hawks on the day with his 249 yards on 27 carries.
North Greenville narrowed the gap to 23-21 when Richard Harb hit Brandon Dobbins on a four-yard touchdown with 11:31 left in the third quarter.
Cooley then exploded for his two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, including an opponent record 99 yarder with 3:33 left in the game and NGU trailing by just 30-21.
Cummings had another solid day rushing for 96 yards on the ground and Matt Moore had 44 yards. Probably the biggest offensive star of the day was Travis NeeSmith who hauled in a career high 13 passes for 161 yards. Richard Harb had his best day as a Crusader going 25-43 for 255 yards and one touchdown. Tyrell Davis led the defensive effort for NGU with 11 total tackles (1.5 for loss and one sack). Andre Bernardi added 6.5 tackles, and Xavier Boykin had 6.5 tackles, forced two fumbles and recovered one for the Crusaders. Nick Rosamonda had four tackles and an interception.
NGU falls to 1-7 on the season and will return to host a Homecoming game against Edward Waters of Jacksonville, Fla. Saturday, Oct. 25 at 2:00 p.m. at Younts Stadium.