Saturday, September 19, 2015

Newberry, S.C.—The North Greenville Football Team fell to 1-2 on the season Saturday after suffering a 31-6 loss to in-state rival Newberry College.

The Crusaders had trouble moving the ball on offense amassing just 224-yards of total offense. The Crusaders rushed for 133 while putting up just 91 yards through the air. Trey Walker led the ground attack for NGU with 92-yards on 11 carries while Nelson Hughes ran for 34 yards and NGU's only touchdown.

The Wolves put up 384-yards of offense, 254 of which came on the ground. Taylor Anderson led the Crusaders with eight tackles while Sam Houston had six. Nigel Gay forced the only turnover for the Crusaders with a first half interception while Eddie Studyvance notched the Crusaders' only quarterback sack.

The two defenses held each other's offense in check in the first quarter as neither team was able to crack the scoreless tie. The Wolves broke through in the second quarter to take a 7-0 with a three-yard rushing score by Kevin Miller. Newberry would tack on one more score in the second quarter to take a 14-0 lead.

NGU would look to cut the deficit in half but a penalty on the two yard-line would end the second quarter as the Wolves took a 14-0 lead into halftime. Newberry finished the first half with 10 first downs compared to just three for the Crusaders.

The Wolves would pile on two more touchdowns and a field goal in the third and fourth quarters to extend the lead to 31-0 with just over seven minutes left to play in the game. Nelson Hughes would finally break NGU's scoreless streak with on a two-yard rushing touchdown with 4:35 left in the game.

The Crusaders will return home next weekend to host the University of North Carolina at Pembroke at 7pm in Younts Stadium.