An opportunistic Crusader defense forced three turnovers to win a closely contested matchup in the annual Spring Football Game at Younts Stadium on Saturday, April 17. The defense won 72-54 under the scoring system created by second year head coach Jamey Chadwell.
Quay McQueen (FR DB West Point, GA) intercepted two passes and Marshal Paul recovered a fumble to lead the defense. The unit also combined for five sacks and four series without allowing a first down.
Shining for the Crusader offense were running back Montez Hatten (SO Anderson, SC) and tight end Justin Bishop (FR Summerville, SC).
The Crusader offense showed big play capability under the leadership of redshirt freshmen quarterback Regginald Lewis (Forest Park, GA) and freshman Isaiah Johnson (Fort Lawn, WI).
Zachary Sears (FR Anderson, SC) also added three field goals to finish off drives for the Crusaders.
Chadwell also announced the awards for Most Improved Player at each position this spring. The winners were Regginald Lewis (quarterback), Montez Hatten (running back), Kamrie Connell (wide receiver/FR Orangeburg, SC), Justin Bishop (tight end), Will Beacham (offensive line/SR Travelers Rest, SC), Jarell Bradley (defensive line/SO), AJ Jones (linebacker/FR Greenwood, SC), and Darren Foster (defensive back/FR Spartanburg, SC).
“It was a great day out there,” Chadwell said. “There were plenty of positives on both sides of the ball and it was a great culmination to a productive spring season. We’re excited about the strides our young players have made through our weight program and how that has translated into more consistency on the field. We have improved significantly in all three phases of the game and that excites us all heading into the 2010 season.”
The spring game was the last of fifteen practices allowed by the NCAA. NGU will return to the field in early August in preparation for their opener on Saturday, August 28 at Mars Hill College.