Birmingham, AL – North Greenville found itself in the conference headlines again this week with another program first as Bryce Fields and Dantevian Byrd were named Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week.
This is the second time this season the Crusaders have earned a weekly honor in back-to-back weeks and the fourth time in five weeks they have taken at least one of the weekly distinctions. The duo is the first pair to win multiple awards in the same week for the Crusaders.
Bryce Fields was voted Offensive Player of the Week after helping lead North Greenville to an upset of #24 West Alabama in his first career start. It was a career day for the sophomore signal-caller who took advantage of the opportunity, throwing for 282-yards and a pair of scores. He completed 19 of 34 attempts in the effort for an average of 14.8-yards per throw.
Fields’ effort drew even more attention after leading a pair of last-minute drives, one at the end of the first half to give NGU the lead at halftime and another, late in the fourth quarter which eventually led to the game-winning field goal. The final drive was the biggest of the young quarterback’s career as he managed the offense on a 53-yard march in 12-plays. Fields converted a third down with his feet and later in the drive connected with Kyle Belack on 4th and 10 to keep hopes alive. His 282-yards through the air are the most for any NGU QB thus far.
North Greenville also got a career effort out of linebacker Dantevian Byrd who turned in the best performance of his career on Saturday. The defender set career highs in three categories including solo tackles, total tackles, and tackles for a loss. He also recorded his first solo sack in the effort.
In all, Byrd totaled 11-tackles including nine solo stops and finished the game with 4.5 tackles for a loss. The TFL total is the most by any NGU defender this season in a single game and equals his TOTAL tackles from last season. He also knocked down a pass to register his first pass breakup of the season.
The duo helped NGU pick-up its first win in three games and the first win over West Alabama on the road in program history. The Crusaders now lead the overall series 3-1.