Tigerville, SC – No, not that Notre Dame. North Greenville amassed a school record 720 yards of total offense and also set a scoring record as the Crusaders dominated Notre Dame College of South Euclid, Ohio 62-0 on Senior Day and Military Appreciation Day at Younts Stadium.
The Crusaders, who finished the regular season with a 9-2 record and seven consecutive victories, will now await the NCAA Division II selection committee’s decision Sunday afternoon at 5:00 p.m. to see if NGU reaches the post-season for the first time in school history. Senior quarterback Willy Korn completed 20 of 23 passes for 279 yards and four touchdowns, and NGU had eight different players score touchdowns. North Greenville’s 720 yards were the most since the 2006 season and the 62 points were the most in school history as well. (NGU defeated Ohio State Newark last season 63-0, but Newark was a club program and the statistics did not count toward the NCAA marks).
Teryan Rucker rushed for 93 yards, Kyle Peck had a career best 91, Anderson had 43 and Seigler had 40 yards for NGU. Freddie Martino caught six passes for 165 yards. In a game that marked probably the most complete game in NGU’s short history as a Division II program, the Crusaders limited the Falcons to 78 total yards and dominated time of possession 36 minutes to 16. North Greenville set the tone of the game immediately by scoring on a seven play, 76 yard drive when Korn hit Harold Small with a 12 yard touchdown. Idris Anderson scored on a two yard run, and Freddie Martino caught a 27 yard TD pass to put NGU up 21-0 at the end of the first quarter.
The scoring parade continued when Justin Gravely kicked a 30 yard field goal, Sean Wright caught yet another circus-like touchdown catch and Gravely added a 24 yard field goal with 1:11 left to give North Greenville a 34-0 halftime lead. Korn, who wrapped up his collegiate regular season by leading NGU to school best two-year 18-5 record, connected with Taylor Malphrus for a 15 yard touchdown that put NGU up 41-0 with 11:24 left. Korn gave way to redshirt sophomore Aaron Seigler, who scored his own touchdown on a five yard run that made it 48-0. Marcus Wilson broke four tackles and scored on a 30 yard run with 11 seconds left in the third to make it 55-0.
Troy Jones completed North Greenville’s scoring parade with his first career touchdown on a 23 yard run after a pitch from freshman quarterback Joseph Carter. “This really added a big exclamation to a very good season,” said NGU head coach Jamey Chadwell. “I have to give all the credit to our seniors, who bought into what we threw at them three years ago. They stuck it out and have really been the true leaders who made this happen. The sophomores who were with us three years ago hung in there and made a major difference in our success. We added a few transfers like Willy(Korn) and Daniel Adderley, but you have to truly applaud the seniors.”
“We were able to send a pretty strong message to the post-season selection committee, so we feel like we’ve got a pretty good chance to get a post-season bid,” Chadwell added. “Everyone contributed today and we’re excited to see where we end up.”
MEDIA NOTE: North Greenville, which was ranked #3 in the NCAA Division II Super Region Two poll last week, will watch the NCAA Division II post-season selection show as a group at 5:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon in the Hamlin Music Hall Auditorium on the NGU campus. Fans can watch the selection at www.ncaa.org.