Rome, GA – Timely turnovers and a Lucas Catalfomo turnover proved the difference-maker on Saturday as NGU took down Shorter 7-0 in Gulf South play.
The defensively charged game remained scoreless until the end of the first half when the Crusaders put together the only scoring drive of the game. London Johnson found Lucas Catalfomo in the back corner of the endzone to secure what would be the only touchdown of the game.
The pass from Johnson to Catalfomo was the first TD pass for the quarterback since week three versus Mississippi. The reception was the first touchdown catch of the season for Catalfomo. He finished with two catches for 22-yards and the game’s only score.
The rest of the day would be a defensive struggle. North Greenville finished with 272-yards of offense including 171-yards on the ground while holding the Hawks to just 180-yards. The Crusaders dominated the line of scrimmage holding Shorter to 28-yards on the ground while limiting the passing game to 152-yards.
Shorter’s best chance to even the tally came at the end of the third quarter and beginning of the fourth when the Hawks had the ball inside the NGU RedZone. The scoring threat was stopped on a third-down pass from Tyler Pullum that was picked off by Aaron Watson, his second of the season, to preserve the lead.
The momentum switched several times before the clock struck zero. North Greenville’s defense came up with big play after big play to keep the Crusaders in front. Caleb Bynum came up with an interception of his own to halt one Hawks drive while Chauncy Haney’s second sack of the game put the brakes on Shorter’s final drive to allow NGU to run out the clock.
Zeke Stringer led the Crusaders with five total tackles and a sack while Eddie Martin finished with 4.5-stops. Haney ended the game with 2-sacks and 2.5 tackles for a loss while Caleb Bynum added a sack and 2.5-tackles to go along with his interception. Aaron Watson finished with two tackles.
Offensively Jarvion Miller-Norman led the pack with 84-yards on 15-carries while Semaj Lakin added 58-yards on 13-carries. Johnson finished with 101-yards through the air and a touchdown. North Greenville improved to 3-4 and 2-3 in league play.
North Greenville hosts the defending national champions when Valdosta State visits Tigerville.