Newberry, SC – Welcome to the South Atlantic Conference North Greenville.
Senior quarterback Willy Korn passed for 186 yards and three touchdowns yards and NGU dominated play on both sides to earn its first ever win over a South Atlantic Conference team with a 47-16 win over Newberry College at Setzler Field.
Korn also rushed for 51 yards in the game. He hit Harold Small for a five yard touchdown, Sean Wright caught a touchdown from 39 yards out, and Freddie Martino had a TD reception from 21 yards. Sophomore running back Idris Anderson rushed for 81 yards, Marcus Wilson had 78 and Teryan Rucker 44 for North Greenville.
NGU dominated with 459 yards of total offense to 201 for Newberry. The majority of Newberry’s offense came late in the game with NGU reserves in the game.
From the very first play of the game, it was clear North Greenville would be in control. NGU’s Nick Rosamonda intercepted a Bryan Ehrlich pass on Newberry’s first play and dashed into the end zone from 50 yards out and the Crusaders poured it on after that. With 12 seconds elapsed, NGU led 7-0 after Justin Gravely’s extra point.
Nick Kinney kicked a 36 yard field goal for Newberry with 3:06 left in the first, and that would be their final points until 11:35 in the fourth quarter. NGU led 7-3 at the end of the first quarter.
After Newberry went three and out late in the second quarter, NGU’S Isaiah Johnson returned a punt to the Newberry 38 yard line. Korn then marched the Crusaders to the five yard line and he hit Campbellsville transfer Harold Small with a touchdown pass in corner of end zone with 36 seconds left in the half. After the ensuing kickoff, Newberry’s Ehrlich was picked off by senior cornerback Jereme Green who deftly stepped in front of the receiver for an interception. On the very next play with 12 seconds left in the half, Korn hit Sean Wright in the deep corner of the end zone for a 39 yard touchdown. The extra point made it 21-3 at halftime.
North Greenville put the game away early the third quarter when sophomore Teryan Rucker sprinted in from 38 yards out for his first touchdown at 12:15 of the third quarter. On Newberry’s next series, NGU senior defensive tackle Mark Smith rose up in pass coverage and picked off Ehrlich’s pass for NGU’s third interception of the game. Smith carried the ball to the Newberry 40 yard line. Korn connected with Freddie Martino on a 21 yard touchdown pass four plays later and NGU then led 34-3 with 9:58 left in the third. Paul Scott added yet another interception of for North Greenville in the fourth quarter.
Late in the third, NGU forced a Newberry punt, but the snap flew over the head of Newberry punter Jo Jo Morris for a safety. After NGU took the kickoff, the drive stalled and Gravely then booted a 25-yard field goal to make it 39-3 NGU with 2:47 left.
North Greenville committed two turnovers early in the fourth quarter that led to two Newberry scores. NGU coach Jamey Chadwell re inserted his starting lineup late in the fourth quarter and they put together a nine play, 82 yard drive that culminated with Marcus Wilson going in from four yards out to complete the scoring.
Immediately after his team prayed after the game, Chadwell threw his hands up in the air and yelled whooooooo, celebrating his team’s first win over a SAC team. “Our goal was to beat a SAC team,” Chadwell said. “We told our players to make sure they go to church and give thanks for being a Crusader. I told them we need to build on this victory. We’ll gain some confidence from it; this was an outstanding win.”
“I am extremely proud of our team tonight,” he added. “They believe in each other, and it’s vital for them to make a stand for program. Newberry did not respect us because last time we were here, we lost 41-3. We’ve made a major turnaround since then, and we want to let people know we are building a quality football program.”
The Crusaders will face Division I Presbyterian College next Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in Clinton, SC. NGU knocked off the Blue Hose 34-17 last year, so Chadwell knows PC will be up for his team. “PC will be ready for us next week,” he added. “Our guys will have a lot of confidence after tonight, but you have to remember, Presbyterian is still a Division I program with 63 scholarships and we’ve only got 19. It’ll still be a great game.”
Willy Korn said the Newberry game wasn’t at all what he expected. “I really thought the whole game would be like the first quarter,” he said. “It was some really hard hitting, but we hit some big plays and got a ton of momentum with the two late scores in the second. It’s like night and day this season. (Korn joined NGU eight days before the start of the 2010 season. “It’s like night and day this year,” he concluded. “I worked really hard in the off season to get ready, and it really paid dividends tonight.”