Tigerville, SC – With close to 2,800 fans in attendance, the North Greenville University football team scored 14 unanswered points in the second half en route to a 14-10 defeat of Brevard College on homecoming in Younts Stadium.
The Crusaders and Tornados traded possession to begin the first half of play until Brevard forced senior Isaiah Johnson to fumble a punt to begin a drive at the NGU 8-yard line. The Crusader defense held strong, forcing Brevard to just a 21-yard field goal, as the Tornados went ahead 3-0 with 4:55 left in the first quarter of play.
After going into the half time break with a three-point advantage, the Tornados used a 3-play, 40-yard drive that ended with a 28-yard pass from quarterback Aaron Reese to receiver Eric Watts to put Brevard ahead 10-0 with 3:47 left on the clock in the third quarter.
From there, the Crusader offense began its attack, scoring on the very next drive with a 4-play, 65-yard drive. A 48-yard pass from senior tight end Kamrie Connell to senior receiver Taylor Malphrus put the Crusaders within three points with 26 seconds left on the third quarter game clock.
Senior defensive tackle Ben Farist recovered a fumble by Reese early in the fourth quarter to set up the North Greenville offense on its eventual game-winning drive at the NGU 36-yard line. Freshman quarterback Tyrell Hillary and freshman running back Darius Paulk combined for 55 rushing yards on the ensuing drive as Paulk scored from 1-yard out to put North Greenville ahead 14-10 with 2:53 remaining in the game.
Brevard seemed to be driving down the field until senior defensive end Stefan Bynoe intercepted a pass a returned the ball 25 yards to the BC 34-yard line where the Crusaders ran out the clock to secure their second victory of the season.
North Greenville’s defense was the story of the game as the Crusaders held Brevard to just 155 total yards of offense. Bynoe turned in the most impressive performance of his senior season as he led the defense with 11 total tackles and one tackles for loss, while intercepting a pass and setting the school-record for fumble forced in a game with three. Junior lineman Michael Klein turned in another double-digit tackle performance, finishing with 10 tackles and one tackle for loss.
On offense, Paulk recorded the second 100-yard rushing performance of his career as he finished with 145 rushing yards and one touchdown on 27 carries. Hillary completed 8-of-16 pass attempts for 87 yards, while Connell led the team with three receptions for 42 yards. Malphrus totaled 48 yards and a touchdown on two receptions and fellow senior receiver Harold Small caught three passes for 35 yards.
The Crusaders (2-6) will hit the road once again for their final road game of the season as they take on Catawba College, on Saturday, Oct. 27 in Salisbury, NC. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.