Tigerville, SC – Willy Korn connected with Charvis Claytor on a 19 yard touchdown pass with 1:46 left, but his pass attempt on a two-point conversion was batted away and Lenoir Rhyne (NC) survived to win 20-19 before a record crowd of 4,500 at Younts Stadium.
After a scoreless first period, NGU got on the scoreboard first when freshman Idris Anderson scored on a one-yard plunge. Trey Walpole’s kick made it 7-0 at the 13:45 mark. NGU led 7-0 at the half and limited the potential Bears’ attack to 90 yards in the first half.
Lenoir Rhyne (3-1) tied the score with 4:21 left when quarterback Major Herron pushed in from one yard out. Spencer Linquist’s kick made it 7-7. Herron fumbled on the first play of the next drive and NGU’s Quay McQueen recovered and was brought down just short of the goal line. Korn dove in on the next play for the touchdown. Walpole hit the goal post with his kick, but a penalty allowed him to kick again. He missed the second kick hitting the post in the identical spot putting the Crusaders up 13-7.
Herron, who carried 31 times in the game for a total of 86 yards, scored on a three yard touchdown run at 1:31 of the third quarter. Linquist’s kick was blocked and the game remained tied at 13-13. After the Bear defense stiffened, Herron drove Lenoir Rhyne 60 yards in 16 plays and consumed 8:12 of the fourth quarter to take a 20-13 lead with 5:06 left.
North Greenville (1-3) wasn’t done when they took over at the 24 yard line with 4:48 left. Korn completed five passes on the ensuing drive, including the last two to freshman Charvis Claytor. Claytor snagged an eight yard catch to give NGU a first down at the LR 19 yard line. On the next play, Korn hit Claytor again over the middle for the touchdown with 1:46 left. Trailing 20-19, NGU Coach Jamey Chadwell went for two, and Korn’s pass attempt to Sean Wright was knocked away by the Bears.
The run dominated Bears, which were shut down by NGU in the first half, saw Herron go to the air in the second half. He completed 10-22 in the for a career high 164 yards. The Bears had a season low 167 yards rushing. The NGU defense blocked two field goals forced two fumbles which they recovered. Junior linebacker Nathan Batchelor had a career high 14 tackles, one sack and two tackles for loss. Jarius Mack and Jamarius Robinson also had nine tackles.
NGU was limited to 235 yards of total offense, and Korn went 10-16 for 110 yards and one touchdown. His favorite receiver was Sean Wright who had five catches for 64 yards. The Crusaders have lost three games by a combined total of 17 points.
The Crusaders will take to the road again next week, playing at Presbyterian College at noon. That contest will be broadcast live on WLOS TV Asheville Channel 12. The next NGU home game will be Saturday, Oct. 2 against Ohio State Newark at 2:00 p.m.