Defense stifles CN offense as Harper's late score ices victory

October 21, 20171st2nd3rd4thFinal
North Greenville01071431
1st Quarter
C-NTD03:42Derrick Evans 9 Yd Run (Elijah Holbert kick)
2nd Quarter
NGUFG12:54M. Gravely 31 Yd
C-NTD11:15Dorren Miller 76 Yd Pass From Derrick Evans (Elijah Holbert kick)
NGUTD03:05Ro. Brown 11 Yd Pass From W. Hunter (M. Gravely kick)
3rd Quarter
NGUTD10:15D. Rooks 15 Yd Pass From W. Hunter (M. Gravely kick)
4th Quarter
NGUTD14:54T. Jackson 9 Yd Run (M. Gravely kick)
C-NTD07:21Derrick Evans 1 Yd Run (Elijah Holbert kick)
NGUTD01:09J. Harper (M. Gravely kick)
Stats at a GlanceNGUC-N
1st Downs1612
3rd Down Conversions4-137-17
4th Down Conversions0-01-1
Passing (Comp-Att)214 (19-28) 177 (9-18)
Rushing (Att)110 (33) 106 (45)
Total Yards324283
Fumbles Lost02
Defense stifles CN offense as Harper's late score ices victory
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Defense stifles CN offense as Harper's late score ices victory

Johnsonville, TN—North Greenville scored 21-unanswered points and scored a late special teams touchdown on Saturday to down the Carson-Newman Eagles 31-21, snapping a three-game skid.

The Basics

  • Score: NGU – 31 / CN – 21
  • Location: Burke-Tarr Stadium (Carson-Newman University)
  • Records: NGU 4 – 4 / CN – 5 – 3

Quick Facts

  • Saturday’s meeting between the Crusaders and Eagles was just the seventh in the history of the two programs.
  • Carson-Newman led the series 4-2 before North Greenville’s victory on Saturday. North Greenville is now 3-4 against the Eagles but has won two straight.
  • Before the game, each team took a knee for a moment of silence to honor Coach Ken Sparks. The former head coach for the Eagles and future Hall-Of-Famer passed away following last season.

The Rule of Three

  • Two streaks were ended on Saturday afternoon following the NGU win. North Greenville snapped its three-game losing streak while also snapping Carson-Newman’s three-game winning streak.
  • How it Happened
    Carson-Newman put up the first points of the game with a nine-yard rushing score with 3:42 left in the first quarter.
  • North Greenville answered with a field-goal early in the second quarter but the Eagles connected on a 76-yard pass to extend the lead to 14-3.
  • The Crusaders found paydirt with 3:05 left in the first half when Will Hunter found Robbie Brown from 11-yards out to cap an eight play 73-yard drive, making the score 14-10 at halftime.
  • Hunter would throw his second score of the day with 10:15 left in the third quarter, finding Demajiay Rooks from 15-yards out. Rooks’ score gave NGU its first lead of the game at 17-10.
  • North Greenville tacked on one more score at the start of the fourth quarter, riding the legs of Tristan Jackson who toted it in from nine-yards out to extend North Greenville’s edge to 24-10.
  • Carson Newman found their answer on the ensuing drive when Derek Evans capped a seven-minute march with a one-yard rushing touchdown, cutting NGU’s lead to a field goal.
  • North Greenville got some help on a roughing the kicker but was still forced to punt with just over a minute left in the game.
  • CN punt returner Tavion Rorie received the Foos kick but had the ball jarred loose but long-snapper Hunter Haines on the one-yard line. The fumble was scooped up by Jacob Harper who ran it in to secure the win for North Greenville.
  • The touchdown was Harper’s first career score after transferring from the University of Tennessee Martin.

The Good Guys

  • Will Hunter threw for 214-yards on 19-completions. Hunter also had a pair of touchdowns.
  • Tracey Scott ran for 61-yards on 16-carries to lead in both categories while Tristan Jackson tacked up the team’s only rushing score.
  • Robbie Brown led all receivers with 84-yards on eight catches and a touchdown. Demajiay Rooks finished with 25-yards and a score.
  • Defensively the Crusaders held the Eagles to their lowest rushing total of the season at just 106-yards. Carson-Newman was averaging just over 200-yards on the ground coming into Saturday's contest.
  • Brandon Burger led the charge with 10 total tackles while Matthew Thomas led the Crusaders with three tackles for a loss and a sack.
  • Seth Laughter and Jacob Harper both recovered a CN fumble, one of which was taken back for a touchdown.

The Other Team

  • Dillingham led the Carson-Newman rushing attack with 60-yards on 13-carries while Derrick Evans scored both rushing TDs.
  • Evans Also had a passing touchdown as he completed nine passes for 177-yards.
  • Dorren Miller led the Eagles with 145-yards receiving and the lone receiving touchdown.

Next Time Out

  • North Greenville will enjoy a rare bye-week before hosting Delta State on November 4th at 2 pm for homecoming.