North Greenville upsets 16th ranked Albany State

September 16, 20171st2nd3rd4thFinal
North Greenville10810735
Albany State3371427
Scoring
1st Quarter
ALBNFG09:24Gabrie Ballinas 25 Yd
NGUTD07:40T. Scott 25 Yd Run (M. Gravely kick)
NGUFG00:07M. Gravely 19 Yd
2nd Quarter
ALBNFG13:10Gabrie Ballinas 49 Yd
NGUTD10:30T. Scott 31 Yd Run
3rd Quarter
NGUTD07:58A. Heard 31 Yd Run (M. Gravely kick)
ALBNTD05:26Chancel Johnson 8 Yd Run (Gabrie Ballinas kick)
NGUFG01:37M. Gravely 30 Yd
4th Quarter
ALBNTD13:54McKin Habersham 6 Yd Run (Gabrie Ballinas missed kick)
NGUTD09:08D. Rooks 7 Yd Pass From W. Hunter (M. Gravely kick)
ALBNTD01:07Chris Sparks 24 Yd Pass From Chancel Johnson
Stats at a GlanceNGUALBN
1st Downs1924
3rd Down Conversions2-105-14
4th Down Conversions0-02-4
Passing (Comp-Att)125 (11-20) 283 (22-40)
Rushing (Att)251 (36) 220 (36)
Total Yards376503
Penalties9-1257-55
Turnovers02
Fumbles Lost01
Interceptions01
Possession29:1230:48
North Greenville upsets 16th ranked Albany State
Saturday, September 16, 2017
North Greenville upsets 16th ranked Albany State

Albany, GA—Tracy Scott and Ashton Heard both had 100-yards rushing and a combined three touchdowns while Will Hunter threw for another, leading the Crusaders to a 35-27 upset of 16th ranked Albany State.

The Basics

  • Score: NGU – 35 ASU – 27
  • Location: Albany, Georgia
  • Records: NGU – 2-1 / ASU – 2-1

Quick Facts

  • North Greenville now owns a 3-1 series lead over the Rams, a series which dates back to the 2011 season.
  • This is the first time the Crusaders have beaten the Rams on the road. The other two wins came in Tigerville, a win in the 2011 playoffs and a regular season victory in 2013.

How it Happened

  • Albany scored the first points of the game, kicking a field goal to cap an 11-play 69-yard drive. The Crusaders countered on their opening drive when Tracy Scott took it in from 25-yards to give NGU a four-point, 7-3 edge. The first touchdown of the game came on the heels of a 32-yard kickoff return by Deonte Bryant.
  • Matt Gravely tacked on a 19-yard field goal to end the first quarter. Albany answered with a field goal of its own to make the score 10-6 with 13:02 left in the first half.
  • The Crusaders added one more score in the first half when Tracy Scott took it in from 33-yards out. The Rams would block the ensuing field goal but Jordan Helms corralled the loose ball and took it in, giving NGU a two-point conversion and an 18-6 lead at the half.
  • Ashton Heard would get in on the big play action to open the third period with a 31-yard touchdown run of this own. Gravely would tack on a field goal late in the third to answer an Albany State touchdown to extend NGU’s lead to 28-13.
  • The Rams would score twice in the fourth quarter but Will Hunter found Demajiay Rooks in the end-zone to keep NGU in front. Albany had one last chance to score NGU’s defense held the Rams scoreless to secure the win.

The Good Guys

  • Ashton Heard and Tracy Scott had 134 and 119-yards respectively. Scott led all scorers with two touchdowns. The Crusaders finished with 251-yards on the ground.
  • Will Hunter threw for 125-yards and a touchdown. His favorite target of the day was Mason Sanders who caught three passes for 39-yards.
  • Brandon Burger led the defense with 11-tackles on the day while Jacob Harper had 10. Harper also had an interception for the Crusaders.
  • Cam Wrice picked up another turnover for the Crusaders, picking up an Albany State fumble.

The Other Team

  • Chancel Johnson threw for impressive 283-yards on 22 attempts. He also threw for a touchdown.
  • Kelan Fraise led the rushing charge with 114-yards on eight carries. McKin Habersham ran for 42-yards and a touchdown.

Next Time Out

  • The Crusaders will return to Tigerville next Saturday to host Limestone College at 7:05 pm. The game will be broadcasted by WMYA out of Asheville.