Gravely's field goal puts NGU over Tusculum

August 31, 20171st2nd3rd4thFinal
North Greenville14371034
1st Quarter
NGUTD10:42D. Bryant 10 Yd Pass From W. Hunter (M. Gravely kick)
NGUTD02:41Ro. Brown 77 Yd Pass From W. Hunter (M. Gravely kick)
2nd Quarter
TCTD10:21Maxwell Joseph 2 Yd Run (Jose Esparza kick)
TCTD10:00Dee Alford (Jose Esparza kick)
NGUFG05:25M. Gravely 30 Yd
TCTD03:01Evan Altizer 39 Yd Pass From Alex Ogle (Jose Esparza missed kick)
3rd Quarter
NGUTD09:03T. Scott 72 Yd Run (M. Gravely kick)
4th Quarter
TCTD14:53Keondre Banks 33 Yd Pass From Alex Ogle (Jose Esparza kick)
NGUTD10:29A. Heard 2 Yd Run (M. Gravely kick)
TCTD04:13Evan Gates 1 Yd Pass From Alex Ogle (Jose Esparza missed kick)
NGUFG00:28M. Gravely 29 Yd
Stats at a GlanceTCNGU
1st Downs1619
3rd Down Conversions6-144-16
4th Down Conversions0-22-2
Passing (Comp-Att)292 (22-35) 307 (18-39)
Rushing (Att)61 (28) 177 (35)
Total Yards353484
Fumbles Lost11
Gravely's field goal puts NGU over Tusculum
Thursday, August 31, 2017
Gravely's field goal puts NGU over Tusculum

Tigerville, S.C. – North Greenville moved to 1-0 on the season Thursday night as Matt Gravely knocked through a field goal in the final seconds to give North Greenville a 34-33 win over Tusculum College.

The Rundown

  • Score: NGU – 34 TC – 33
  • Location: Tigerville, South Carolina (Younts Stadium)
  • Records: North Greenville 1-0 Tusculum 0-1

Quick Facts

  • For the second season in a row, the opening game came down to the final minutes with North Greenville pulling it out in the end. The Crusaders upended West Alabama last season with a touchdown in the final minutes.
  • The Crusaders also used a last second field goal in 2013 when Justin Gravely, brother of tonight’s hero Matt Gravely, knocked it through from 31-yards out to earn the win for North Greenville.
  • North Greenville is now 3-0 in Thursday night home openers dating back to 2013.

How it happened

First Half

  • North Greenville got off to a quick start, scoring 14-points in the first quarter. Deonte Bryant provided the first score with a one handed grab in the end zone when Robbie Brown broke away for a 77-yard touchdown run with 2:41 left in the quarter.
  • Tusculum tacked on a pair of touchdowns in the second quarter with a run from Maxwell Joseph and a 35-yard fumble return from Dee Alford.
  • North Greenville tacked on a field goal while the Pioneers found pay dirt once more to take a 20-17 advantage into halftime.

Second Half

  • The defenses took over the opening minutes of the third period but North Greenville’s Tracy Scott provided some fireworks, scoring from 72-yards out to give NGU a 24-20.
  • A pair of scores in the fourth quarter for the Pioneers and a field goal and a touchdown for North Greenville moved the tally to 33-31 with 4:13 left in the game.
  • North Greenville’s offense faced a fourth down and five late in the fourth quarter but Will Hunter found Christian Bruce at the Tusculum 17-yard line to keep the Crusaders alive with a chance to win.
  • A pair of rushes from Ashton Heard and Scott inched NGU closer to the goal line. Hunter would take one look toward the end zone, eyeing 6 foot 6 target Mason Sanders but the pass would fall incomplete, leaving Matt Gravely with a 29-yard field goal attempt.
  • Gravely missed a pair of field goal attempts early in the game, but the true sophomore connected when it really counted, putting it through the uprights, giving his team a 34-33 lead with 28-seconds left. The field goal capped a 10-play, 3:38 drive.
  • Tusculum had one final shot, but Travis Beatty put the clinch on Evan Gates on the final play of the game to move North Greenville to 1-0 on the season, earning the Crusaders a fifth consecutive win over Tusculum.

The Good Guys

  • Robbie Brown led the receiving corps with a 153-yard performance in his first game back. The senior caught a game high eight passes and one touchdown.
  • Tracy Scott finished as the game’s leading rusher, pounding out 159-yards on 21 carries with a touchdown.
  • Matthew Thomas and Jeremiah Ferguson led the Crusaders defensively with five tackles. Thomas accounted for one of NGU’s five sacks on the night.
  • Johnny Burch came up huge for North Greenville, blocking a field goal which allowed NGU to kick the game winning field goal, instead of the game tying field goal.
  • Johnny Worthy picked up the only turnover of the game for Tusculum, recovering a fumble which led to a North Greenville go ahead score in the fourth quarter.

The other team

  • Tusculum finished the night with 353-yards of offense. 292 of those yards came from Boise State transfer Alex Ogle who tossed the rock for 292-yards and three touchdowns.
  • Matt Simon led the team with six tackles including 1.5 tackles for a loss.
  • Maxwell Joseph led the Pioneers with 61-yards on the ground on 18-carries. Joseph also found the end zone once.

Next time out

  • The Crusaders travel to Hickory, North Carolina to take on Lenoir-Rhyne in a 7 pm kickoff with the Bears.