Crusaders down Newberry in season opener

September 05, 20191st2nd3rd4thFinal
North Greenville037717
2nd Quarter
NGUFG04:48M. Gravely 28 Yd
3rd Quarter
NGUTD07:51D. Williams 86 Yd Run (M. Gravely kick)
NBYTD04:38Tylik Johnson 14 Yd Pass From Colton Bailey (Shea Rodgers kick)
4th Quarter
NGUTD09:29K. Belack 21 Yd Pass From L. Johnson (M. Gravely kick)
Stats at a GlanceNBYNGU
1st Downs1921
3rd Down Conversions6-165-12
4th Down Conversions2-30-0
Passing (Comp-Att)175 (21-32) 129 (8-14)
Rushing (Att)112 (35) 241 (45)
Total Yards287370
Fumbles Lost00
Crusaders down Newberry in season opener
Thursday, September 5, 2019
Crusaders down Newberry in season opener

Tigerville, S.C. – North Greenville won its season opener for the fourth straight season with a 17-7 win over Newberry College of the South Atlantic Conference. 

The Basics

  • Score: NGU – 17 | Newberry – 7
  • Location: Younts Stadium | Tigerville, South Carolina
  • Records: North Greenville 1-0 | Newberry 0-1

Quick Facts

  • The win over Newberry College is the first win over the Wolves since the 2012 season.
  • Matt Gravely moved into first place in program history in scoring after knocking in a field goal and a pair of extra points. He now has 308-points in his career.
  • For the first time in 12-games, the Crusaders produced a 100-yard rusher as true freshman Dre’ Williams ran for 113-yards on eight carries.

How it Happened

  • Neither team was able to muster much in the way of points in the opening quarter. Newberry had an opportunity to take an early edge but pushed a first-quarter field goal attempt left to leave the count at zero.
  • NGU’s defense pitched a shut-out for the remainder of the first half, holding Newberry to just 169-yards across two quarters.
  • The Crusaders broke the scoreless tie in the second quarter when Gravely knocked through a 28-yard field goal with 4:48 left on the clock. The scoring chance was set-up by an interception by Aaron Watson interception which was returned 64-yards.
  • The first touchdown of the season came midway through the third frame when Dre Williams broke free and took it 86-yards for his first career touchdown, a score that made it 10-0 in favor of NGU.
  • The Newberry’s offense answered with a score of its own when Colton Baily found Tylik Johnson in the corner of the end-zone for a 14-yard touchdown strike. The Newberry scored made it 10-7 with four minutes left in the frame.
  • NGU’s defense preserved the three-point lead for the final four minutes of the third before the offense put up some insurance.
  • London Johnson’s first touchdown pass as a Crusader increased the lead to 17-7 when he hooked up with Kyle Belack on a 21-yard strike with 9:29 left in the game.
  • NGU’s defense was equal to the challenge keeping the Wolves out of the end-zone for the remaining 9-minutes of the game, forcing a turnover on downs in after the Wolves took up seven minutes of game time, giving the ball back to the Crusaders.
  • NGU would run out the clock on its final drive for the first win of the season.

Inside the North Greenville Box Score

  • The Crusaders rushed for 241-yards on the night, the highest total offensively in two seasons.
  • Harold Hilton accounted for 74 of those rushing yards while London Johnson and Tyler Bell added 20-yards each.
  • Dre Williams led all rushers with his first career 100-yard game and first career touchdown.
  • Johnson finished with 129-yards passing and one touchdown while Kyle Belack led all receivers with 70-yards and a score.
  • Defensively NGU held the Wolves to just 112-yards on the ground, more than 60-yards under their 2018 average.
  • Cameron Payne led the defensive effort with 10-tackles while Chauncy Haney had nine tackles and a sack.
  • Johnny Worthy also had nine tackles and turned in a tackle and a half for a loss.
  • The Crusaders had six different players with a tackle for a loss and finished with 3-sacks and six hurries.
  • Aaron Watson accounted for the game’s only turnover with his second-quarter interception.

Next Time Out

  • North Greenville travels to North Carolina next Saturday to take on Western Carolina at 3:30 PM.