Crusaders come from behind but fall to Delta in overtime

November 04, 20171st2nd3rd4th1OT Final
Delta State140013633
North Greenville017010330
1st Quarter
DSUTD12:58Collin Willis 8 Yd Run (V. Sciorrotta kick)
DSUTD07:20Chris Robinson 20 Yd Pass From Collin Willis (V. Sciorrotta kick)
2nd Quarter
NGUTD10:51T. Scott 32 Yd Run (M. Gravely kick)
NGUTD01:07C. Bruce 43 Yd Pass From W. Hunter (M. Gravely kick)
NGUFG00:01M. Gravely 48 Yd
4th Quarter
NGUTD14:55H. Hilton 4 Yd Pass From W. Hunter (M. Gravely kick)
DSUTD11:14Chris Robinson 3 Yd Run (V. Sciorrotta kick)
DSUTD00:28Breck Ruddick 1 Yd Run (V. Sciorrotta missed kick)
NGUFG00:00M. Gravely 51 Yd
NGUFG15:00M. Gravely 35 Yd
DSUTD15:00LaD. Peterson 5 Yd Run
Stats at a GlanceDSUNGU
1st Downs2224
3rd Down Conversions9-197-16
4th Down Conversions2-20-1
Passing (Comp-Att)132 (16-22) 269 (21-36)
Rushing (Att)252 (58) 169 (38)
Total Yards384438
Fumbles Lost10
Crusaders come from behind but fall to Delta in overtime
Saturday, November 4, 2017
Crusaders come from behind but fall to Delta in overtime

Tigerville, S.C. – Matt Gravely knocked a 51-yard field goal as time expired to send the game into overtime but the Statesmen answered an NGU field goal with a touchdown to earn a 33-30 win over the Crusaders on homecoming weekend.

The Basics

  • Score: North Greenville – 30 / Delta State – 33 (Overtime)
  • Location: Tigerville, South Carolina (Younts Stadium)
  • Records: North Greenville 4 – 5 / Delta State 7 – 3

Quick Facts

  • Harold Hilton has sparked a solid NGU return game, but on Saturday the Freshman found the end-zone for the first time as Will Hunter found him for a score in the fourth quarter.
  • North Greenville is 0-2 this season in over times after falling to Catawba earlier in the year. 
  • This is the second time North Greenville and Delta have played each other on the gridiron. The first meeting came in 2011 in the NCAA Division II playoffs.
  • Delta State is now 2-0 over North Greenville, beating NGU by an average score of four points. The Statesmen won the playoff meeting 28-23 a game, which was played in Cleveland, Mississippi.
  • Delta State is also known as “The Fighting Okra” a name adopted by the DSU Students.

How it Happened

  • Collin Willis ran it in from eight yards less than two minutes into the game while Chris Robinson caught a 20-yard pass from Collin Willis to take a 14-0 lead.
  • The Crusaders waited until the second quarter before their first score when Tracy Scott took it in from 32-yards to cut the Statesmen lead to 14-7.
  • Scott’s touchdown was the first of three, second-quarter scores for NGU. Will Hunter found Christian Bruce for the second score of the day to even it at 14-14 while a field goal from 48-yards out from Gravely in the final seconds of the game earned NGU a 17-14 lead at intermission.
  • NGU’s offense struggled in the first half, running just 15-plays for 18-yards. The Crusaders got it going in the second quarter though, amassing 186-yards of total offense with 17-points.
  • The North Greenville defense also locked down in the second quarter, shutting out the Statesmen in the second quarter while allowing just 58-yards after giving a pair of scores on 108-yards in the opening frame.
  • Both defenses pitched a third-quarter shutout. North Greenville forced three punts while DSU held NGU to a punt and held on an attempted fourth-quarter conversion.
  • The Crusaders broke the scoreless trend in the opening minutes of the fourth frame when Will Hunter found Harold Hilton from four yards out to take a 24-14 lead.
  • The Statesmen answered North Greenville with a pair of scores of their own to take a 27-24 lead, leaving just 23 seconds on the clock. Chris Robinson scored the first of the pair with a three-yard rush while Breck Ruddick took it in from one yard for the go-ahead score.
  • Each of the two final drives for Delta State were clock killers, the first lasting 3:35 while the final drive lasted 4:44.
  • North Greenville’s special teams came through on the final touchdown though, blocking the DSU extra point attempt to keep the game at just a field goal deficit.
  • 23-seconds turned out to be all North Greenville needed. Will Hunter hooked up with Robbie Brown once and found Christian Bruce twice to move the Crusaders into field goal range.
  • Matt Gravely would take it from there, putting through a 51-yard field goal as time expired to send the game into overtime.
  • The Crusaders picked up six yards in the first overtime but were forced into a fourth down. Gravely would kick his third field goal of the day to take a 30-17 lead.
  • The North Greenville comeback would fall short on Delta State’s ensuing possession. LaDarion Peterson scored from five yards out on second down to take the three-point victory. 

The Good Guys

  • North Greenville’s offense put up 438-yards of total offense against a Delta State Defense which had previously held opponents to 346-yards.
  • NGU put up 169-yards on the ground and 269-yards through the air on the Statesmen with one rushing score and two through the air.
  • Will Hunter finished the day with 257-yards on 19 completions. He found Christian Bruce and Harold Hilton for a pair of scores. Christian Bruce led the team with 131-yards on seven catches while Hilton had 32-yards on three receptions.
  • Hilton also had a solid day returning kickoffs, finishing with 139-yards including a 63-yard return.
  • Ashton Heard and Tracy Scott were both just shy of 100-yard rushing days. Heard ran for 98-yards on 14-carries while Tracy Scott ran for 96-yards on 18-totes. Scott also had the only rushing touchdown for North Greenville.
  • Brandon Burger led North Greenville’s defense with 11-total tackles and a forced fumble. He also had a tackle for a loss.
  • Eddie Studyvance and Devon Turman both had sacks for North Greenville. Studyvance also recovered a fumble, which led to an NGU score.

The Other Team

  • Chris Robinson led Delta State with 184-yards on the ground with a touchdown. He was one of four players with a rushing score.
  • LaDarion Peterson, Colin Willis, and Breck Ruddick also accounted for a score on the ground. Altogether the Statesmen ran for 252-yards.
  • Tyrell Brown led the defense with nine tackles. The DSU defense had three sacks on the day and one interception as Brandon Tillman intercepted Will Hunter.

Next Time Out

  • North Greenville will wrap up the 2017 season next Saturday when the Crusaders travel to Alabama to take on the West Alabama Tigers at 2 pm.