Jacksonville, FL -- Sophomore quarterback Aaron Seigler (Jacksonville, Fla/Edward H. White HS) ran in for two touchdowns and passed for another in his first career start before his hometown family and friends to help North Greenville register the first career victory for head coach Jamey Chadwell 28-0 over Edward Waters College.
Seigler, a transfer from Wofford College, dashed in from two yards out with 1:09 left in the first period for the Crusaders’ first score. Zach Sears’ extra point was good and NGU took a 7-0 lead. Freshman Montez Hatten had a 13 yard gain on the 13 play, 70 yard touchdown drive. Hatten led the NGU offense with a whopping 130 yards rushing on the day.
A Jacksonville native, Seigler scored another touchdown with 6:50 left in the first half following an Edward Waters turnover to put NGU up 14-0. Sophomore Jamarius Robinson then deflated the Tigers as he picked off a pass attempt by Brandon Turman and returned it 64 yards for the first defensive touchdown of the season by NGU. Following Sears’ kick, NGU took a 21-0 halftime lead.
The North Greenville defense, which dominated EWC on their side of the ball, shutout out the Tigers in the third period. Seigler got the Crusaders back on the Kitchings Stadium scoreboard once again when he connected with Kamrie Connell (FR Orangeburg, SC) on a 17 yard touchdown pass. Connell also scored his first touchdown as a Crusader. That capped the scoring and the NGU defense pitched its first shutout of the season.
The NGU defense, which recorded four interceptions and a fumble recovery, limited EWC to 239 total yards, including 162 passing. The Tigers’ best chance to score was first and goal at the NGU five yard line, but Damien Wright picked off Turman’s pass in the end zone to cancel the only serious threat all afternoon. Nick Rosamonda and Isaiah Johnson also recorded interceptions for NGU.
Andre Bernardi led the defensive effort for NGU with 5 total tackles and one sack, Wright had five tackles, Rosamonda had 4.5 tackles, Joe Novotasky (Middleburg, FL) added four and Johnell Bell had one sack.
“I am extremely happy for our team and coaching staff because we’ve finally gotten it off our backs,” Coach Jamey Chadwell said. “It was great to get a win today simply because our kids have worked hard and they haven’t given up. We continued to make progress despite losing some games we might have had a chance to win, and it showed today. Our offense was able to generate several very nice drives and our defense was very strong today.”
North Greenville (1-5), which has played three consecutive road games, has a quick and treacherous turnaround as they will hit the bus to Florence, Alabama on Wednesday as they travel to play 3rd ranked University of North Alabama Thursday night, Oct. 8 at 7:00 p.m. UNA is coached by former Auburn University mentor Terry Bowden, the son of Florida State University legend Bobby Bowden.