Tigerville, S.C. – North Greenville suffered its first blemish of the season today as Newberry escaped Tigerville with a 29-28 win.
With just over four minutes left in the first quarter, Crusader RB Tracy Scott took the handoff for a 48 yard touchdown and with Matt Gravely sending it through the uprights, they put up the first six points of the evening. The Wolves countered with a 42-yard return on the kickoff followed by a Raleigh Yeldell touchdown pass from nine-yards out for Newberry’s first score. Kicker Shea Rodgers’ attempt was blocked by Desmond Williams, making the score 7-6 at the end of one.
Newberry settled for a field goal on their next drive to take its first lead of the game. Crusader Simeon Byrd made some impressive moves down field with Devon Truman and Demajiay Rooks setting up Gravely for another kick, putting North Greenville back on top with just under seven minutes left in the half. Six plays later, the Wolves started a drive starring Yardell rushing and completing passes moving steadily down the field. Two personal fouls would aid the Wolves’ cause as Yardell found the endzone for his first rushing touchdown to give Newberry a 15-10 lead following a failed extra point.
Just under two minutes into the second half, Yardell finished another drive by rushing 7 yards for another six points. But, six plays later, Crusader Will Hunter found Mason Hunter in the back of the endzone for an eight yard touchdown. Gravely would tack on another field goal at the end of the third to pull North Greenville to within two (22-20).
The Crusaders trailed heading into the final five minutes of the game but took a 28-22 lead as Tracey Scott scored from seven yards out with 4:09 left in the game. Newberry then took over on its own 20-yard line, embarking on 12-play, 80-yard drive, which gave the Wolves the one point lead following the point after.
North Greenville got one more chance, having to drive 92-yards for a winning touchdown. A pass interference call moved NGU to the 23-yard line but the Crusaders offense failed to move the ball as a pass attempt on fourth down fell short, giving the Wolves possession with just 56-seconds left in the game.
The Crusaders finished with 371-yards of total offense including 275 on the ground while the Wolves chalked up 407-total yards. Newberry outgained the Crusaders in the air 215 yards to just 96 while rushing for 192-yards.Simeon Byrd led the rushing attack with 119-yards while Tracey Scott finished with 106-yards and two touchdowns.
Sam Houston led North Greenville with 13-tackles while Daulton Pilgrim had 11-tackles including 2.5 for a loss. The Crusaders fell to 2-1 on the season while the Wolves improved to 2-1.
The Crusaders will travel to Pembroke, North Carolina next Saturday to take on University of North Carolina at Pembroke at 7pm.