Tigerville, S.C. – North Greenville football returns home after a two-week road stretch to host Limestone College at 7:00 pm at Younts Stadium. The game between the Crusaders and Saints will be broadcast live on WMYA out of Asheville, North Carolina.
The Crusaders return home after two weeks on the road, splitting a pair of games with Lenoir-Rhyne, a 22-10 loss and Albany State, a 35-27 upset of the then 16th ranked Rams. North Greenville enters this weekend with a 2-1 record, matching the 2-1 record of the Saints who own wins over Benedict College and Tusculum, NGU’s week one foe. Limestone’s lone loss of the season came against East Tennessee State.
North Greenville and Limestone began play in 2014, the first year of football for the Saints. NGU took the first meeting 38-9, a game which was played in Tigerville. After a year off, the two squads resumed the series in Gaffney as NGU strolled to a 37-0 victory, a win which helped secure a spot in the playoffs for the Crusaders. The Saints will look to earn their first win over NGU in the third meeting this Saturday at Younts Stadium.
Both teams head into week four coming off of a pair of wins. North Greenville downed #16th ranked Albany State 35-27, trailing briefly in the first quarter but leading the rest of the way. Limestone earned its win over Tusculum the hard way, scoring 14-points in less than a minute to even the score at 17-17. The Saints then outscored the Pioneers 28-7 in the final quarter and a half.
The Limestone Offense
The offense for the Saints runs through dual threat quarterback Ivan Corbin. The junior signal caller is second on the team in rushing with 204-yards on 64 carries and has scrambled for a pair of touchdowns. Corbin has also thrown for four scores on 391-yards on 42 attempts. Corbin has had some trouble with ball security, throwing four interceptions on the season.
Running along side Corbin in the backfield is Jerkko’ya Patton, a freshman starter, leads the team in rushing with 297-yards in three collegiate games. He has run the ball 58-times for the Saints and cashed in two touchdowns. The rushing attack is the preferred offense this season for Limestone, averaging 152-yards per game compared to just 130-yards passing.
The Saints do have a threat in the passing game though in D’Anta Fleming and Vyncint Smith. Smith leads the team in receiving yards, catching 13 balls for 214-yards but has yet to find the end zone. Fleming has caught 20 passes for 132-yards this season but leads the team with three touchdowns through the air.
The Limestone Defense
Defensively, the Saints have allowed 70-points this season, 30 of which came against Division I East Tennessee State in week one. The Limestone defenders have gotten the job done in their last two games, holding teams to just 20-points. The Saints are allowing just 83.5 yards rushing and 172-yards through the air.
Leading the Saints defensively is safety Titus Williams, the team’s leading tackler and pass defender. Williams has 24 total tackles to his name including a half for a loss as well as a set of break-ups and deflections. He shares the passing defense with defensive back Joshua Simmons who has three as well.
Saturday could shape up to be a defensive battle as both defenses have been solid this season. The Saints sit at the top of the South Atlantic Conference in total defense, allowing just 252 yards per game and just 105.3 yards on the ground, including a 71-yard performance against Tusculum last week. More impressively, the Saints have 18 tackles for a loss this season, subtracting a total of 80-yards from opponent rushing totals.
Last Time Out 2016 Recaps
- NGU: Defense Pitches Shout-out in Final Regular Season Showing
- Limestone: Limestone Football Blanked in Season Finale
Saturday's kickoff is officially scheduled for a 7:10 kickoff and will broadcast on My-40 WMYA out of Asheville. The game will also be broadcast on the North Greenville Sports Network with live stats provided for fans as well.