North Greenville falls to Florida Tech
Tigerville, S.C.— North Greenville took a late lead Saturday but could not hold on as Florida Tech took a 42-31 victory in Tigerville.
- Score: NGU – 37 / FIT – 42
- Location: Younts Stadium (Tigerville, South Carolina)
- Records: NGU – 3-4 / FIT – 4-3
The Record Book
- Matt Gravely tied the school record for field goals with three.
- All three of his makes were from 40+ yards including a 49-yarder in the third quarter.
- This is the second meeting between North Greenville and Florida Tech.
- The series is now tied 1-1 after FIT’s win today in Tigerville. NGU took the first meeting last post-season in the first round of the NCAA Division II playoffs.
- The Crusaders and Panthers will renew their meeting every year now as North Greenville begins play in the Gulf South Conference in 2018.
How it Happened
- Both teams failed to score on their opening drive. The Panthers were forced to punt while NGU drove to the FIT 15 but failed to convert on a field goal attempt.
- Florida Tech struck first, taking a 7-0 lead on a fourth down strike from 33-yards out. FIT starter Mark Cato was almost sacked but managed to get the pass off before falling to the ground.
- The Crusaders answered though, scoring 14 unanswered points. Will Hunter found Bobby Foos from the Panther 26 while Mason Sanders also caught a jump ball in the opposite end zone to give NGU a 14-0 lead after a pair of Gravely PAT's.
- North Greenville tacked on one of those three Gravely field goals in the second quarter but the Panthers outscored NGU 21-3 to close out the first half and take a 28-17 edge.
- Gravely would chip into the lead with a pair of field goals in the third quarter, cutting FIT’s lead to five points at 28-23.
- Tristan Thompson would later capitalize on a FIT fumble, cashing it in from two yards out to make it 31-28. The scoring chance came after Devon Turman recovered a Cato fumble on the North Greenville 33-yard line.
- The Thompson touchdown was the final score for North Greenville. The Panthers tacked on a pair of touchdowns including one in the fourth quarter to hand NGU its first home loss of the season.
The Good Guys
- Will Hunter threw for 203 yards on 18-completions. He also had a pair of touchdown throws.
- Ashton Heard led the rushing attack with 136-yards on 25-carries. Tristan Jackson had the only rushing touchdown.
Robbie Brown had seven catches for 84 yards while Mason Sanders and Bobby Foos accounted for the receiving touchdowns.
- Travis Beatty led the Crusaders with nine total tackles. Matthew Thomas accounted for one of two sacks for NGU while Randy Brown and Eddie Studyvance also got to the quarterback.
The Other Guys
- Mark Cato threw for 325-yards and four touchdowns. Two of those throws were to Demetrius Frazier who caught five passes for 92-yards.
- Antwuan Haynes carried the ball 22-times for 155-yards and a touchdown. Cato also toted the ball for a touchdown.
- Adonis Davis led the Panthers with eight tackles on defense including a pair of tackles for a loss.
- Yawn Coleman had the only interception for FIT.
Next Time Out
- The Crusaders travel to Jefferson City, Tennessee to take on Carson Newman at 3 pm on October 21st.