Tigerville, SC – On a day when the seniors and military were honored for their service, the North Greenville University football team scratched out a 10-3 victory over Virginia University of Lynchburg to secure the team’s fourth straight victory.
The Crusaders and Dragons were scoreless throughout the first quarter and much of the second until a fumbled punt return by Virginia Lynchburg gave North Greenville the ball on the VUL 5-yard line. The Crusaders punched the ball in three plays later when senior Taylor Malphrus scored from one-yard out to put the team up 7-0, a lead they would hold into the half.
After the intermission, the Crusaders and Dragons traded possessions until quarterback Nelson Hughes engineered an eight-play, 45-yard drive that ended with a 40-yard field goal from sophomore Justin Gravely to give North Greenville a 10-0 lead with 4:24 remaining in the third quarter.
Virginia Lynchburg orchestrated a 13-play, 70-yard drive late in the fourth quarter to get on the scoreboard with a 23-yard field goal from Chris Vasquez but it was too little, too late as North Greenville held on for the 10-3 win.
The Crusader offense took advantage of good field position as it totaled 260 yards of offense in the game. Hughes led the offense, completing 23-of-40 pass attempts for 250 yards, including a game-high 68 yards to receiver Freddie Martino. Freshman Thomas Weeks led the team with five receptions and 59 yards, while Troy Jones had 50 yards of his own on two receptions.
North Greenville’s defense forced four turnovers as it held the Dragons to just 196 total offensive yards. Sophomore linebacker Nick Rodgers led the attack with a team-high seven tackles, while senior linebacker AJ Jones recorded six tackles and one tackle for loss. Sophomores Taylor Anderson and Cejay Thomas each intercepted a pass in the game as did freshman Zamardre Wingfield.
The Crusaders finish the 2012 season with a 5-6 overall record, including a four-game win streak to end the season and winning five of their last six contests.