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