Crusaders score 17-unanswered but come up short in overtime

October 07, 20171st2nd3rd4th1OT Final
North Greenville03314020
2nd Quarter
CATTD14:54K.West 17 Yd Pass From P.O'Brien (L.Brackman kick)
CATTD04:46P.O'Brien 1 Yd Run (L.Brackman missed kick)
CATTD03:30T.Murray (L.Brackman kick)
NGUFG00:00M. Gravely 47 Yd
3rd Quarter
NGUFG10:37M. Gravely 24 Yd
4th Quarter
NGUTD14:55T. Jackson 1 Yd Run (M. Gravely kick)
NGUTD03:12T. Jackson 1 Yd Run (M. Gravely kick)
CATTD15:00E.Smart 17 Yd Run
Stats at a GlanceNGUCAT
1st Downs2318
3rd Down Conversions9-165-14
4th Down Conversions0-10-1
Passing (Comp-Att)228 (18-34) 175 (16-28)
Rushing (Att)165 (42) 144 (37)
Total Yards393319
Fumbles Lost20
Crusaders score 17-unanswered but come up short in overtime
Saturday, October 7, 2017
Crusaders score 17-unanswered but come up short in overtime
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Salisbury, N.C. – North Greenville scored 17 unanswered points in the second half to force overtime but fell short during the extra period as the Catawba Indians escaped with a 26-20 victory.

The Basics

  • Score: NGU – 20 / Catawba – 26 (Overtime) 
  • Location: Salisbury, North Carolina (Shuford Stadium)
  • Records: NGU - 3-3 / Catawba - 5-1

Quick Facts

  • Catawba now leads the series with North Greenville 7-2, winning the last three meetings with the Crusaders.
  • The average margin of victory in last four meetings is just 6.75 including a three-point victory for Catawba in 2013.
  • Coach Farrington is now 0-3 against the Indians since taking over at North Greenville and 0-2 in Salisbury.
  • North Greenville’s defense is the first defense this season to hold the Indians out of the end-zone in the second half with the only points for Catawba coming on the final play of overtime.
  • North Greenville’s offense put up solid numbers on Saturday despite a pair of turnovers. The Crusaders had 393 total yards, almost 100 more yards than Catawba’s previous five opponents.

How it Happened

  • Catawba put up the first points of the day, taking advantage of an interception on NGU’s first drive of the game. The Indians drove 52-yards on eight plays to take a 7-0 lead.
  • North Greenville struggled to get the offense going in the first half. The Crusaders had a pair of touchdowns called including one in the first half, which wiped clean at least 12-points.
  • Catawba tacked on a touchdown with 4:46 left in the first half on a one-yard run. The Indians also got some special teams help as Trey Murray picked up a muffed punt and returned it 41-yards to take a 20-0 lead.
  • Matt Gravely would add a field goal at the end of the half but trailed 20-3 at intermission. North Greenville had just 171-yards of total offense in the first half, the longest drive being 63-yards which was capped by a Gravely field goal.
  • North Greenville came storming back in the second half, recovering from a 2nd negated touchdown due to a penalty, a drive that ended with Gravely’s second field goal of the day.
  • North Greenville rode the momentum of the defense, scoring the next two touchdowns to even the tally at 20-20 on a pair of one-yard touchdown runs from Tristan Jackson.
  • Jackson’s two touchdowns capped scoring drives of 80 and 69-yards. North Greenville’s offense took advantage of the momentum created by NGU’s defense, which forced four punts in the second, half while intercepting one pass.

The Good Guys

  • Will Hunter threw for 228-yards on 18-completions against a Catawba defense that has held opponents to 160-yards through the air this season.
  • Ashton Heard led all rushers with 117-total yards. Tristan Jackson had a season-high 63-yards on 13-carries and led all players with two scores.
  • Matthew Thomas led NGU’s defense with 12 total tackles including 10-solo. He also had NGU’s only sack of the day.
  • Travis Beatty accounted for the only turnover for the Indians picking off an O’Brien pass late in the fourth quarter.

The Other Team

  • Trey Evans and TJ Lowe-Foston both had an interception for the Indians while Michael Peppers and Trey Murray led the team with nine tackles.
  • Patrick O’Brien threw for 175-yards and a touchdown. Keyon West was his favorite target, catching seven passes for 56-yards and a touchdown. Sam Mobley led the team with 82-yards on five receptions.
  • Eamon Smart led the rushing attack for the Indians with 76-yards on 19-carries.

Next Time Out

  • North Greenville will host future Gulf South opponent Florida Tech at 12 pm in a rematch of last year’s first-round playoff game.