|September 11, 2004||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|NEW||FG||09:35||B. Sanchez 23 Yd|
|NEW||TD||05:15||Josh Stepp 8 Yd Run (B. Sanchez kick)|
|NGC||TD||01:58||T. Mosley 58 Yd Run (A. Escalona kick)|
|NEW||TD||09:45||C. Brandon 79 Yd Pass From Josh Stepp (B. Sanchez kick)|
|NEW||TD||03:53||D. Rodell 45 Yd Run (B. Sanchez kick)|
|NEW||TD||03:43||D. Simmons (B. Sanchez kick)|
|NEW||TD||00:51||C. Brandon 34 Yd Pass From Josh Stepp (B. Sanchez kick)|
|NEW||TD||12:26||T. Zimmerman 40 Yd Pass From Josh Stepp (B. Sanchez kick)|
|NEW||TD||00:39||G. Jackson 1 Yd Run (B. Sanchez missed kick)|
|Stats at a Glance||NEW||NGC|
|3rd Down Conversions||6-13||2-14|
|4th Down Conversions||0-0||0-3|
|Passing (Comp-Att)||367 (16-24)||165 (13-38)|
|Rushing (Att)||154 (35)||166 (33)|
TAYLORS - Sophomore quarterback Josh Stepp (Pelion, S.C.) ran for a touchdown and threw for three more scores and 367 yards in three quarters to lead Newberry College over North Greenville College, 51-7, Saturday afternoon in NCAA Division II college football action.
Newberry opens the season 2-0 for only the fourth time in the last 20 years. North Greenville (0-2) drops to 0-7 all time against the Indians.
Charles Brandon (Union, S.C.) scored on two of his three receptions, amassing a game-high 138 yards. Tymere Zimmerman led all receivers with five catches, good for 120 yards and a 40-yard touchdown.
Newberry scored four touchdowns in the second quarter to break open a lead that was 10-7 after the first quarter. The Indians scored twice passing, once rushing, and once on defense during the period.
Stepp engineered scoring drives on six of its nine first-half possessions to secure a 38-7 lead at the break. The Indians put up points on their first possession, getting its first field goal of the season, a 23-yarder, off the foot of Brian Sanchez (Moore, S.C.). On the visitor's next drive, Newberry moved 65 yards in six plays, getting 34 of those yards off a pass to Zimmerman. Stepp capped the drive with an eight-yard sprint to sneak inside the pylon on the right sideline.
North Greenville responded with its only score of the day in the first quarter. After Eric Moeller (Middleburg, Fla.) completed a 17-yard strike to Wilbur McNeil (Awendaw, S.C.), running back Travis Mosley (Greenwood, S.C.) found a seam off left tackle and outran all Indian defenders for a 58-yard touchdown. Mosley finished with a game-high 122 rushing yards on the afternoon.
After three failed rushes on the subsequent possession, Newberry was forced to punt. The Crusaders looked to continue the offensive surge, driving 59 yards before stalling out at Newberry's 21-yard line and looking for a field goal. Adrian Escalona's 38-yard attempt fell short, and the Indians wasted little time killing North Greenville's momentum. On second-and-10, Stepp dropped back with good protection and launched a bomb that covered nearly half the length of the field to Brandon, who made the catch and ran the remainder of the distance for a 79-yard touchdown to put the Scarlet and Gray up 17-7.
After three punts, Newberry sprinted to another score, this time with Deshon Rodell (Allendale, S.C.) breaking loose up the middle for a 45-yard touchdown run. After the second of Stephen Stellfox's seven kickoffs for touchbacks, North Greenville's Travis Talbert fumbled from a James Breland (Hemingway, S.C.) stip. Cornerback Damien Simmons (Charleston, S.C.) picked up the loose ball and ran 20 yards the other way for a 31-7 lead.
"That was a true watershed moment in the game," Newberry head coach Zak Willis said after the game. "After Deshon's run and Charles' big play, that defensive touchdown really put it away."
North Greenville's next possession lasted all of five plays, the last of which was a 31-yard punt that set up the Indians on their own 42. Newberry used only four plays to march 61 yards for its final first-half score, the 34-yard touchdown coming from the second Stepp-to-Brandon connection.
After intermission, North Greenville went three-and-out, then punted a ball almost straight up to place Newberry on NGC's 39. After an unsuccessful Stepp rushing attempt, the quarterback completed a five-yard toss to Junior LaBarge (Ellis, Kan.) to put Newberry in third-and-long. Eleven yards were all that were needed, but Zimmerman turned in 40 - his longest reception of the day - for a 45-7 lead.
The Indians got moving again on their last drive of the third quarter. Starting on its own 28, Newberry was fortunate to recover its own fumble at the 33-yard line. Three consecutive completions (two of those to Antwan Surratt) created a red zone opportunity at North Greenville's nine-yard line. Gerard Jackson (Melbourne, Fla.) ran for eight yards and one yard to finish the drive and the scoring for Newberry at 51-7.
Stepp's 367 passing yards placed him just 21 yards behind Jimmy Skipper's school record for a single game set in 1983 against West Georgia.
"This is a tough place to play," Willis said of Eastside's stadium, North Greenville's temporary home field until Younts Stadium is completed. "The kids seemed flat coming out. Overall, this was not a bad performance, but it wasn't our best.
"I'm not upset; you always want to win and you're happy when you win. We just didn't have the same focus and sharpness as we did against Concord [in the season opener]."
North Greenville plays its third South Atlantic Conference opponent of the year next Saturday when it hosts Wingate University. Newberry will battle Division I-AA Coastal Carolina in a rematch of last year's classic next Saturday at 7 p.m. at Setzler Field.
"[Some experts] think that [Coastal] will go 5-0 over its first five games, which obviously means they think we'll be 2-1 after next Saturday," Willis commented on next week's opponent. "Last year, it was my first game here and their first game ever. They won't have that excuse this time. We've already been preparing for them."