Atlanta, Ga. – North Greenville (2-7) used a steely defense that bent but didn’t break and Aaron Seigler had a 58-yard touchdown run, Isaiah Johnson returned a punt 52 yards for another TD and Michael Sears added a field goal as the Crusaders downed Clark Atlanta (3-6) 16-6 at Panther Field.
In a contest where the statistics did not indicate the type of game it turned out to be, Clark Atlanta outgained NGU 343-143, but the Crusader defense limited CAU to only two Joshua Dubois field goals. NGU’s senior All-American defensive lineman Andre Bernardi (Marietta, GA), playing his final game before his family and friends in Atlanta, ripped through the Panther offense for 12 total tackles, and he added three sacks, which tied the all-time national Division II record for sacks in a career.
North Greenville got on the scoreboard first when Jones nailed a 36 yard field goal with 7:25 left in the first period. Just a few minutes later, Nathan Batchelor recovered a Panther fumble which led Seigler’s touchdown scamper with 3:25 left on the very next play. Zach Sears’ extra point attempt missed, and NGU led 9-0 at the end of the first quarter.
Dubois got Clark Atlanta on the scoreboard with his first field goal on the first play of the second quarter from 21 yards out. The NGU defense stopped the Panthers’ long drive and they had to settle for the field goal. Both teams exchanged punts, and on CAU’s punt, Johnson grabbed the low kick and put it into the end zone, giving NGU a 16-3 halftime lead.
The remainder of the game was a defensive struggle, and the Panther’s could manage only Dubois’ 40 yarder with 9:29 left in the third period the rest of the way.
Seigler led the way with 89 yards rushing for NGU and Montez Hatten had 38. NGU threw the ball only six times with Richard Harb completing two of those.
North Greenville will close out Coach Jamey Chadwell’s first season at home next Saturday, Nov. 7 when the Crusaders host UNC-Pembroke. Kickoff for Military Appreciation and Royal Ambassador’s Day at Younts Stadium is set for 1:00 p.m.