|October 04, 2003||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|LRC||TD||03:09||Quentin Roman (John Raptis kick)|
|NEW||TD||05:49||ZIMMERMAN 16 Yd Pass From DRUMMOND (PICONE kick)|
|NEW||FG||05:37||FREEMAN 18 Yd|
|Stats at a Glance||LRC||NEW|
|3rd Down Conversions||4-15||7-17|
|4th Down Conversions||0-2||0-1|
|Passing (Comp-Att)||102 (15-32)||174 (20-31)|
|Rushing (Att)||57 (25)||115 (44)|
NEWBERRY - Newberry College kicker Justin Freeman (Pelion, S.C.) hit an 18-yard field goal with 5:37 remaining in regulation as the Indians snapped an 18-game South Atlantic Conference losing skid in a 10-7 win over visiting Lenoir-Rhyne College Saturday night at Setzler Field in NCAA football action.
The Indians (2-2, 1-0 SAC) held L-R to just 159 yards of total offense for the night (including just 57 on the ground) and possessed the ball for over 36 minutes to get the home victory. Newberry is now 2-0 at home and have now eclipsed their total number of field goals made from last season. The Indians made just one field goal in 11 games last year, waiting until the last game of the season to pull the trick, but Freeman has connected on two field goals this season, both 18-yard attempts and both in consecutive games.
Lenoir-Rhyne (2-3, 0-1 SAC) had a great defensive effort as well. The Bears allowed Newberry to just 289 total yards of offense, and held Newberry to just 207 yards through three quarters of play. L-R held Newberry scoreless on its first six possessions, clinging to a 7-0 lead on a 66-yard punt return by Quentin Roman (St. Mary's, Ga.) early in the ballgame.
The defenses then forced punts on the next six possessions until Newberry managed an eight-play, 47-yard drive which culminated in a touchdown pass from quarterback Mazi Drummond (Greer, S.C.) to receiver Tymere Zimmerman (Bennettsville, S.C.) with just under six minutes to play in the second quarter. The score was the third of the season for Zimmerman, whose 21 pass receptions leads the team. Zimmerman has the game-high seven catches for 61 yards and the score.
The Bears managed only three first downs and 40 yards of offense in the first half, but were able to move the ball in the second half. The Bears could not win the battle of field position in the fourth quarter, starting drives on their own 20 yardline, as the Indians were able to start on their own 49 yardline on average. Newberry punter Jeff Williams (Pelion, S.C.) had nine punts for an average of 46.7 yards per punt, including three inside the 20 yardline and a momentum-changing 73-yard punt that turned the field position tide to get Newberry in position to score when the defense held on that next possession.
Running Back Mike Brown (Belle Glade, Fla.) tied his second-best rushing output of the season with 63 yards rushing on 16 carries, while Drummond was 11-for-15 passing for 116 yards and the touchdown. Drummond also ran effectively for 44 yards on 17 carries. Starting quarterback Brian Shealy (Leesville, S.C.) finished 9-for-16 passing for 58 yards until he made way for Drummond at the half.
The Bears were led by junior Patrick Henson (Morganton, N.C.). He had 28 yards on 10 carries. Bears quarterback Scott Branton (Maryville, Tenn.) was 15-for-32 passing for 102 yards and an interception. Sophomore Jason Bingham (New Port Richey, Fla.) had the team-high of five catches for 32 yards.
Lenoir-Rhyne travels to Wingate, N.C. to take on Wingate University in next week's SAC action. Both teams look for their first conference win at 1:30 at Belk Stadium and Martin Field. The Indians host the top offense in the league when the AFCA's number-three ranked Carson-Newman Eagles visit for Newberry's first home day game of the season. Kickoff between the two 1-0 teams in the SAC at Setzler Field is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.