Tigerville, SC – Nationally ranked Carson Newman University defeated the Crusader football team 47-26 on Saturday afternoon behind 582 total yards of offense in Younts Stadium.
The Crusader offense was on fire early, using an 8-play, 74 yard drive on its first attempt from scrimmage that ended with a one-yard touchdown pass from sophomore Nelson Hughes to senior receiver Freddie Martino just three minutes into the contest.
The Eagles knocked in a 20-yard field goal on its initial drive, before quarterback DeAndre Thomas score from six yards out on the following drive as Carson Newman held a 10-7 lead at the end of the first quarter of play.
Carson Newman score again on its first drive of the second quarter on a 35-yard run by running back Brandon Baker to gain a 10-point lead with just over nine minutes to play in the half.
North Greenville cut into the lead just two drives later, with a one-yard touchdown run by freshman running back Simeon Byrd, to make the score 17-13 in favor of Carson Newman. Eagles’ running back Tyron Douglas scored from one-yard out late in the half to give Carson Newman a 24-13 lead at the intermission.
After a back-and-forth third quarter, the Crusader offense finally broke through with another touchdown with 20 seconds to play in the quarter as Hughes tossed an 11-yard touchdown to Martino for his second score of the game.
The fourth quarter opened with the Eagles scoring from seven yards out before the Crusaders used a 10-play, 93-yard drive to cut the score to 33-26 after an eight-yard touchdown run by Trey Walker put the freshman in the endzone.
The Eagles would score twice more, once on Thomas’ third touchdown run of the game and the final touchdown coming on a 12-yard touchdown pass with just two minutes left to secure the 47-26 road victory for Carson Newman.
The Crusader offense once again eclipsed the 400-yard mark as Hughes finished the game 31-for-40 for 285 yards and two touchdowns with at least one completion to seven different receivers. Martino led all receivers with 11 receptions to 109 yards and two scores, while freshman Tyrecous Garrett hauled in five passes for 36 yards. T. Walker had his second game over the century mark with 16 carries for 131 yards and a touchdown, while also catching four passes for 37 yards.
North Greenville’s defensive unit was led by junior linebacker Nick Rodgers who totaled a season-high 14 tackles in the game. Freshman linebacker Reubyn Walker filled the stat sheet with 11 tackles, one tackle for a loss and a forced fumble, while fellow freshman linebacker Shaquan Burney finished with 10 tackles in his first game back from a knee injury.
The Crusaders (4-4) will travel to Wingate, NC next week for a matchup with South Atlantic Conference member Wingate University on Nov. 2 at 1:30 p.m.