Tigerville, SC – Willy Korn passed for three touchdowns and Teryan Rucker rushed for 140 yards and two touchdowns to lead North Greenville (6-3) to its fifth straight win with a 42-0 victory over Edward Waters (FL) for Homecoming at Younts Stadium.
NGU dominated on total offense with 486 yards to 212 for EWC, and the Crusaders rushed for 383 yards on the ground. Korn went 10-18 for 103 yards, Sean Wright caught two touchdown passes, and Idris Anderson ran for 96 yards to lead NGU.
Edward Waters kept the North Greenville offense off the field for much of the first quarter with a ball control offense (NGU had only 3:43 time of possession), but the Crusaders changed the game when Damien Wright blocked a Tiger field goal attempt with 1:47 left in the first quarter. NGU went 83 yards in four plays and got on the scoreboard with 10 seconds in the first quarter when Rucker sprinted in from 26 yards out. Stephen Arneson’s extra point made it 7-0.
NGU stopped another long Tiger drive on its first possession of the second quarter and Tavarous Dunlap’s punt was downed at the NGU one yard line. Korn then mastered a 10 play drive that went 99 yards when he hit Sean Wright on a fade route in the corner of the end zone for another touchdown. After forcing another Edward Waters punt, Korn again led the Crusaders down the field. This time, NGU marched 72 yards and eight plays and Korn hit Freddie Martino on a 15 yard slant pattern for another TD. Arneson’s extra point put North Greenville up 21-0 at 2:53 in the first half.
Korn, who missed three of his first four passes, shook off the slow start and moved NGU on yet another long scoring drive right before halftime. He tossed a 25 yard touchdown to a leaping Sean Wright who outjumped a Tiger defender in the end zone for his second score. Arneson’s kick made it 28-0 which was the halftime score.
Reggie Lewis came on after halftime and helped extend the NGU lead with another substantial drive. Idris Anderson had rushed for 11 and 20 yards in the drive, and Rucker rushed for his second touchdown from 30 yards out on a slick move outside that put NGU up 35-0 after Arneson booted the extra point through.
The NGU defense, which held Edward Waters to 61 yards in the second half, stiffened once again when Raheem Hughes intercepted Brandon Turman’s pass. Lewis re-entered and marched the Crusaders on the longest drive of the season. NGU’s defense recorded its third shutout in four games. North Greenville turned to its interminable ground game with Anthony Johnson, Kyle Peck, Eric Beeks and Lewis taking turns rushing the ball. Beeks culminated the 13 play 88 yard drive which consumed 8:39 off the clock with a 1 one yard touchdown rush with 3:59 left in the game. Arneson connected on his six consecutive extra point to make it 42-0 which held up for the final score.
“Our offense wanted to prove that all the points we’ve been scoring lately has not been a fluke,” NGU Coach Jamey Chadwell said. “We started a bit slow, but we finally got rolling on offense late in the first quarter. It wasn’t a perfect game, but the win helped us reach our first goal which was to have a winning season. (NGU’s fifth straight win marks the third best win streak in school history). “Our ultimate goal is to get a berth in the NCCAA Victory Bowl, and if we can continue to win, we should have a shot at that.”
“Our next game will be a tough trip for us as we’re truly out of our element, traveling out of the South to go up to the College of Notre Dame near Cleveland, Ohio,” he added. (That will mark the longest road trip in NGU history). “We know we’re getting closer to a post-season berth, so we’ve got to continue to work hard to achieve that.”
“Teryan Rucker had an excellent game carrying the ball and Idris Anderson also ran hard,” Chadwell said. “Willy Korn had another three touchdown game and he’s been masterful running our offense. Our defense also played very well and had another shutout, so you’ve got to be pleased with that.
Following NGU’s trip to Ohio on October 30, they will conclude the regular season by playing at UNC-Pembroke on Saturday, Nov. 6.