North Greenville upsets 16th ranked Albany State

September 16, 20171st2nd3rd4thFinal
North Greenville10810735
Albany State3371427
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
Fumbles Lost01
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.