Big third quarter propels North Greenville to win over Limestone
Tigerville, S.C. – North Greenville improved to 3-1 on the season Saturday night with a 27-20 win over Limestone College, Saturday night in Younts Stadium.
- Score: NGU – 27 Limestone – 20
- Location: Tigerville, South Carolina
- Attendance: 3,720
- Records: NGU – 3-1 / Limestone – 2-2
- North Greenville now owns a 3-0 lead over the Saints in a series that dates back to the 2014 season.
- The Crusaders have won their three games this season by an average of 5.3-points. The Saints are no strangers to close games either with their last three games coming down to the wire, including a 20-17 overtime win against Benedict.
- North Greenville has had at least one touchdown of 30 or more yards in their three wins this season including a 72-yard run against Tusculum, a pair of 31-yarders against Albany, and a 41-yard scamper by Heard against Limestone.
How it Happened
- Limestone took a 7-0 lead early in the second quarter, capitalizing on a North Greenville turnover. The touchdown was one of two punched in by quarterback Ivan Corbin.
- North Greenville answered on the next drive when Ashton Heard found pay dirt, busting loose from 41-yards out. The Gravely touchdown made it 7-7 with 11:53 left in the first half.
- The Saints tacked on one more touchdown in the first half when Corbin found Vincent Smith from 32-yards out. A missed point after kept the Saints score at 13-7. The Crusaders attempted a field goal at the end of the half but the attempt fell short.
- The Crusaders stacked up 170-yards of offense in the first half compared to 125 for the Saints.
- Justin Gravely cut North Greenville’s six-point deficit to just three in the third quarter when he connected from 44-yards out to make it 13-10. The field goal sparked a streak of 20, unanswered points for North Greenville.
- Ashton Heard would punch in his second score of the day from 13-yards out to give NGU its first lead of the day, a 17-13 advantage. The Crusaders would get their first defensive score of the season on Limestone’s ensuing drive when Desmond Williams registered a safety to extend the lead to 19-13.
- NGU got one more score with six minutes left in the third period when Will Hunter found Robbie Brown in the west end zone for his only touchdown pass of the day. Hunter would then find Tristan Jackson in the end zone a play later for a two-point conversion to extend North Greenville’s lead to 14-points.
- Limestone tacked on a touchdown in the third quarter on Corbin’s second scoring scamper of the game to make the score 27-20.
- The third quarter score by the Saints would be the final points of the game as neither offense was able to find the end zone. Limestone had one final chance to tie the game, taking over with 1:24 left on the clock but Travis Beatty picked off a pass at the NGU 35 yard line to secure the victory for North Greenville.
- North Greenville’s Johnny Worthy picked off an Ivan Corbin pass early in the third quarter which led to NGU’s go-ahead score. The Crusaders maintained the edge for the final 26-minutes of the game.
- The Good Guys
- The Crusaders rushed for 264-yards against the Saints including a 154-yard performance by Ashton Heard. Heard also rushed for two touchdowns.
- Will Hunter connected on 16 of 31 passes for 177 yards. His top target was Robbie Brown who had 63-yards through the air and a touchdown.
- Desmond Williams led the NGU defense with nine tackles on the night including 3-tackles for a loss. Williams was also credited with a safety.
- Travis Beatty and Johnny Worthy both accounted for an interception on Saturday night. Each guy also accounted for a pass breakup. Cam Wrice led the team in breakups with three.
- North Greenville had three quarterback sacks against the Saints, two of which came from Matthew Thomas.
The Other Team
- Ivan Corbin finished the night with two rushing touchdowns and a game-high 226-yards passing and one passing touchdown.
- Jerko’ya Patton led the rushing attack for the Saints with 109-yards on 19 carries.
- Evan Patrick led the Saints defense with seven total tackles.
Next Time Out
- North Greenville will travel to Kennesaw, Georgia to take on Kennesaw State University at 3:30 pm.