Tigerville, SC – There is no such thing as a breather week in college football, but after a rugged first five games, North Greenville piled up 431 yards of total offense, including 313 on the ground, as the Crusaders plowed over Ohio State Newark 63-0 at Younts Stadium on Military Appreciation Day.
In a rarity in college football, NGU’s Charvis Claytor had a Ohio State punt bounce over his head late in third quarter, but he picked it up at the one yard line, and zig zagged 99 yards for a touchdown. His effort with 6:04 left in the third was a NGU record and was the longest punt return in college football this year at any level.
NGU’s three quarterbacks, Reggie Lewis, Willy Korn and Richard Harb were a combined 9-10 for 118 yards. Korn was a perfect 7-7 and Lewis 2-2.
NGU (3-3), which won its second straight game for the first time since the 2006 season, scored early and often against the outmatched Titans from Newark, Ohio just outside of Columbus. Freshman Idris Anderson sprinted to a 35 yard touchdown on North Greenville’s second play from scrimmage. Trey Walpole’s extra point made it with just two minutes gone.
After OSUN’s next possession ended in three quick downs, Isaiah Johnson picked up a bouncing punt from David Harper and weaved his way down the field for a 66 yard score. Johnson scored his second TD on punt returns this season.
With North Greenville completely dominating the line of scrimmage, the Titans punted yet again, and Coach Jamey Chadwell continued to rotate his backfield. Freshman Eric Beeks exploded on a 15 yard run up the middle at 8:42 of the first period to score his first career touchdown. Stephen Arneson’s extra point made it 21-0.
Three minutes later, freshman Anthony Johnson sprinted off the right side and raced 44 yards for his first career touchdown. In keeping the throttle on the overwhelmed Titans, freshman Kyle Peck had his first career rushing touchdown at 2:07 in the first on a 50 yard dash to complete the scoring in the first quarter. North Greenville took a whopping 35-0 lead into the second quarter.
Beeks scored his second touchdown of the game with 12:10 left in the second on a 14 yard run. Arneson’s kick made it 42-0. NGU wasn’t done with its first half rampage as freshman Nick Lilly, seeing his first action of the year, bulled in from two yards out for his first career TD. Walpole’s kick made it 49-0 at halftime.
The freshman running back parade, which was as impressive as the Sons of the American Revolution carrying in our nation’s colors in pre-game ceremonies, continued as Jacob Lee dashed in from 18 yards out for the Crusaders’ seventh rushing touchdown of the game. Arneson’s boot made it 56-0 with 9:00 left in the third quarter.
NGU held Ohio State to a three and out once again on the next series, and David Harper’s booming punt went over Claytor’s head, he dropped the ball at the one, picked it up, headed left, and at the 25 yard line, zipped to the right side and with a gauntlet of four blockers ahead of him, raced down the sideline for the touchdown. Walpole’s kick made it 63-0 which ended the scoring.
“After last week, we wanted to show that our victory over Division I Presbyterian wasn’t a fluke, said NGU head coach Jamey Chadwell. “We put together four solid quarters, and although we were better than this opponent, PC was supposedly better than us, and look what happened. We executed very well and worked all week to keep the gas pedal down; we didn’t want to stop it.”
“We got a chance to play a lot of guys toward, and you to reward the guys who’ve worked hard all year. We gave them a chance to show what they could do today. We had a lot of different players carry the ball (a total of 13 different ones), and I’m proud of every one of them.”
“Our goal is to reach the Victory Bowl, and if we take care of business, we should have a shot at that,” Chadwell added. “We’re not good enough to overlook anybody right now, so we’ve always got to be ready for the next game because we don’t want to have the PC game happen to us.”