GAMEDAY CENTRAL: Crusaders welcome Shorter for homecoming weekend

GAMEDAY CENTRAL: Crusaders welcome Shorter for homecoming weekend
Thursday, October 11, 2018
GAMEDAY CENTRAL: Crusaders welcome Shorter for homecoming weekend

Tigerville, S.C. – North Greenville football will look to bounce back this weekend against Shorter College after a tough loss last Saturday at the hands of fifth-ranked West Georgia.

WEEK SIX: A LOOK BACK

The Crusaders were making waves in the Gulf South after the first two league games and looked to continue to turn heads last weekend by knocking off a ranked team for the second time in as many weeks, this time looking to face the fifth-ranked West Georgia Wolves.

NGU’s defense kept the game manageable for most of the day. The Wolves put up the first points of the game but led by just seven points after the first quarter. UWG’s defense was equal to the task, forcing North Greenville to punt in five of its six possessions while gaining an extra possession with an interception in the second quarter.

West Georgia capitalized on the extra chances pinning up a field goal to make it 10 – 0 and a pair of touchdowns to extend the lead to 24 – 0 at intermission. North Greenville’s defense clamped down in the second half allowing just one UWG score but the NGU offense continued to struggle, scoring its only touchdown of the game in the fourth quarter when Will Hunter found Christian Bruce for an 11 – yard score.

Full Recap: North Greenville vs. West Georgia

The Hawks from Shorter have yet to find the win column this season, but those who follow the Gulf South see steady improvement from week to week. Shorter’s plan of earning the program’s first win in since 2015 was unrealized as the Hawks took on a very good West Alabama team that was coming off of a loss to North Greenville the previous Saturday.

The Tigers were able to jump ahead of the Hawks early in the first quarter and put up a pair of touchdowns in three of the game’s four quarters. West Alabama chalked up a pair of scores in the first quarter but the Hawks answered with a touchdown of their own to make it 14 – 7. UWA used a big second quarter to take a 31 – 7 edge into halftime.

Shorter was able to tack on a field goal in the third quarter but West Alabama’s defense was able to limit the damage while the offense once again scored twice in the third, using a pair of rushing touchdowns to make it 45 – 10. The Hawks were able to find pay dirt once more in the fourth quarter while the Tigers added a field goal before the clock ticked down to zero.

Full Recap: Shorter University vs. West Alabama

GAME NOTES: NORTH GREENVILLE VS. SHORTER

The Series: Third Meeting

  • Saturday’s game between the Crusaders and Hawks will be the third time the programs have met. The Hawks won the first meeting 31 – 21 back in 2008 but North Greenville evened the series in 2014, cruising to a 46 – 16 win over the Hawks in the NCCAA Victory Bowl.

North Greenville Offensive Statistical Leaders

Rushing

  • EJ Humphrey: Attempts [70] | Yards [203] | Touchdowns [1]

Receiving

  • Lucas Catalfomo: Catches [25] | Yards [334] | Touchdowns [3]

Passing

  • Will Hunter: Completions [82] | Attempts [138] | Yards [945] | Touchdowns [8]

Kicking

  • Matt Gravely: Made [7] | Attempted [8] | Long [39]

North Greenville Defensive Statistics

Tackles

  • Dominique Hunt: Number [25.5] | Solo [12] | Assists [27] | For Loss [3.5] | Sacks [1]

Interceptions

  • RJ Wooten: Number [1]
  • Aaron Watson: Number [1]
  • Eddie Martin: Number [1]
  • Azende’ Dixon: Number [1] | Touchdowns [1]

Sacks

  • Kwame Livingston: Sacks [2] | Total Tackles [4]
  • Zeke Stringer: Sacks [2] | Total Tackles [7]

Shorter University Offensive Statistical Leaders

Rushing

  • Coey Watson: Attempts [60] | Yards [230] | Touchdowns [1]

Receiving

  • Elizjah Gilbert: Catches [24] | Yards [192] | Touchdowns [3]

Passing

  • Tyler Pullum: Completions [90] | Attempts [192] | Touchdowns [3]

Shorter University Defensive Statistical Leaders

Tackles

  • Nehemiah Reddis: Total [34] | Solo [16] | Assists [18]

Interceptions

  • Joshua Duncan: Number [1]

Sacks

  • Terrance Snelling: Number [1] | Total Tackles [21] | For Loss [4]

HOW TO FOLLOW
North Greenville returns to the airwaves of the North Greenville Sports Network after two weeks on the Watch ESPN app.
Fans who cannot make the trek to Tigerville for the homecoming festivities can find the action by following the links provided below.

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