Saturday, October 8, 2011

Wilberforce, Oh—Senior quarterback Willy Korn and sophomore tailback Teryan Rucker combined for five touchdowns and the Crusader defense allowed just 244 yards in total offense as North Greenville cruised past Central State Ohio 49-20 to improve to 4-2 to wrap up the first half of the 2011 football season.

After two stalled drives to open the game, Willy Korn and NGU’s high octane offense put the perverbial pedal to the metal. The Crusaders third drive of the day was a 7 play 40 yard march that was capped off when Korn connected with sophomore Freddie Martino for his 9th passing touchdown of the season. The touchdown reception was Martino’s team leading 4th of the season.

North Greenville’s defense, which was stout from the opening kickoff responded by forcing the Marauders into a three and out, forcing the CSO punt. The Crusader’s “Black Swarm” defense was led by A.J. Jones who racked up five solo tackles Stefan Bynoe registered the only sack of the day for NGU and Darrin Foster corralled his first interception of the year.
Following a stalled drive and another Marauders punt, Korn and the offense dialed up their second scoring drive of the day; this time, a five play 51 yard campaign which was topped off by a two yard scamper by Teryan Rucker, his first of the day. Rucker’s touchdown run was set up by a 23 yard rush from “do it all” wide receiver Freddie Martino. Martino finished Saturday as the teams 3rd leading rusher with two carries for 34 yards. Martino also had a career high 116 yards receiving on six catches and two touchdowns.

Central State’s lone first half touchdown came with 1:27 left in the first half when CSO’s Jeffery Brooks connected with Michael Wilson for an 8 yard scoring strike. North Greenville’s offensive crew responded driving 61 yards in just under 30 seconds. Freddie Martino added the exclamation point before halftime with his second receiving touchdown of the day. Martino’s second touchdown was North Greenville’s fifth of the first half as the Crusaders headed to intermission with a comfortable 35-6 lead.

The Crusaders would add insurance on their opening drive of the third quarter when Rucker punched it in from four yards out for his second rushing touchdown of the day. Kyle Peck added the final NGU score in the fourth quarter when he broke off a 36 yard scamper for his first touchdown of the season. The Mardaurers added a touchdown in the third and fourth quarter.

Offensively, NGU’s air raid was led by quarterback Willy Korn who posted an almost spotless line, completing 20-27 passes for 323 yards and three touchdowns. Korn’s 323 passing yards is a career high. Tyran Rucker racked up 53 yards rushing on only 8 attempts and two touchdowns, to lead the rushing attack for NGU while Kyle Peck added 47 yards on six carries and a touchdown. Rucker averaged 6.6 yards per carry. All together, the Crusaders logged 579 yards of total offense.

On the defensive side of the ball, the “Black Swarm” held their opponent under 250 yards for the third time this season. The Crusaders kept the Marauders in check allowing just 47 yards rushing a 197 yards passing. For the season, North Greenville’s defense, is allowing a mere 121.2 yards on the ground per game and 197 yards through the air, while NGU’s offense is averaging 239 yards on the ground and 162 yards through the air. The Crusaders will hit the practice field Monday and prepare for their fourth South Atlantic Conference foe of the 2011 season. North Greenville will face off with perennial Division II power Carson Newman College in Tigerville, South Carolina next Saturday. The kickoff between the Crusaders and Eagles is scheduled for 2pm at Younts Stadium.