Brevard, NC – Sean Wright caught three touchdown passes, Willy Korn completed 18-22 passes for 214 yards and Idris Anderson rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown as North Greenville (6-2) clinched its school record second consecutive winning season with a dominant 36-6 victory over Brevard (3-5) at Brevard Memorial Stadium Saturday.
Wright caught five passes for 97 yards, Freddie Martino also had five catches and Korn led the Crusaders to 432 yards of total offense as NGU won its fourth straight game. If NGU was an official member of the South Atlantic Conference (it is in a scheduling alliance), the Crusaders would be tied for first place on the basis of Mars Hill’s 51-21 loss to Lenoir Rhyne. NGU would be 5-1 against SAC schools. NGU’s plan was to get Brevard of its option offense and they started when Jamarius Robinson intercepted a pass on the Tornado’s first drive.
Korn then marched the Crusaders 96 yards in 11 plays and hit Wright with a 27 yard touchdown pass. Justin Gravely’s kick missed wide left, and NGU led 6-0 with 6:05 left in the first half. After long Isaiah Johnson returned a punt 46 yards to the BC 28, Korn hits Wright with a nine yard pass for a first down. Idris Anderson then danced in from 12 yards out for the touchdown. Gravely’s extra point made it 13-0 with 2:55 left. Coach Jamey Chadwell used his timeouts wisely in the second quarter, and the NGU defense forced a punt. The Crusaders took over and went 62 yard in four plays. Wright caught passes of 37 and 20 yards in the drive and his 20 yarder was for a touchdown with 46 seconds left in the first half. Gravely’s made it 20-0 at the half. After exchanging possessions to start the third quarter, Korn drove the Crusaders down the field and connected with Sean Wright in the end zone once again. Wright squared off in the end zone and caught the eight yard touchdown pass with 54 seconds left in the third. Gravely’s kick made it 27-0 to complete the 15 play, 65 yard drive than consumed a whopping 8:04.
Brevard came back with its only scoring drive of the game when Rodney Donald scored from a yard out with 12:10 left. On the BC extra point, Stefan Bynoe swatted down the extra point, and Jereme Green picked it up and went 86 yards for the two points. That made it 29-6 for NGU with 12:10 left in the game. After taking the kickoff, NGU had a workmanlike drive and went 76 yards in seven plays and sophomore Kyle Peck took a handoff and went left and scored from 26 yards out for NGU’s final touchdown. Gravely’s kick made it 36-6 and put the game out of reach.
“I can’t emphasize enough how big this win was,” Chadwell said. “This program has never had back to back winning seasons, and we’ve achieved another of our big goals. We didn’t run a ton of option today because they see that a lot. We threw a few different things into the offense today and I think Willy (Korn) had one of his best days throwing the ball. Our team is focusing on its goals. We finally almost put together four complete quarters, and that bodes well for us the rest of the way. We are in the playoffs right now (NGU is a NCAA Division II independent, and is striving for a playoff berth for the first time in school history).
We’re 1-0 and have to get ready for the second round next week. North Greenville returns to Younts Stadium in Tigerville next Saturday when the Crusaders host Catawba for Homecoming. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m.