|September 25, 2004||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|NEW||TD||09:53||G. Jackson 3 Yd Run (S. Stellfox kick)|
|NEW||FG||05:34||S. Stellfox 21 Yd|
|LRC||TD||12:24||Andrew Tudor 9 Yd Run (Andrew Coln kick)|
|LRC||TD||00:39||Kurtis Koester 4 Yd Pass From Chris Winford (Andrew Coln kick)|
|Stats at a Glance||NEW||LRC|
|3rd Down Conversions||5-13||5-11|
|4th Down Conversions||0-0||0-1|
|Passing (Comp-Att)||150 (8-23)||147 (8-19)|
|Rushing (Att)||92 (40)||219 (47)|
HICKORY, N.C. - The Lenoir-Rhyne College Football Team used a trick play with 39 seconds left to pull out an exciting victory over Newberry, 14-10, in front of 6,091 fans at Moretz Stadium Saturday night in the South Atlantic Conference opener. The Bears won their second straight contest for the first time in two years and improved to 2-3 on the season and 1-0 in league play while the Indians (3-1, 0-1) lost their first game of the 2004 season. L-R also rallied from a 10-0 halftime deficit to claim the victory.
Junior wideout Christopher Winford (Mooresville, N.C./Mooresville HS), off a double reverse from freshman running back Marquis Camp (Thomasville, N.C./Thomasville Senior HS), found junior quarterback Kurtis Koester (Duluth, Ga./Tennessee Chattanooga) wide open on the right side of the field for the touchdown.
Newberry jumped ahead with 10 points in the second quarter. The Indians opened the scoring after defensive lineman Adam Scott (Lugoff, S.C.) recovered a fumble at the L-R 19-yard line. Gerard Jackson (Melbourne, Fla.) punched it in from three yards out to give Newberry the 7-0 lead. On the next drive, Stephen Stellfox (Chapin, S.C.) connected on a 21-yard yard field goal to finish an eight-play, 43-yard drive for Newberry and a 10-0 advantage entering intermission.
However, the Bears woke up and took the opening kickoff of the second half and marched six plays in 65 yards which culminated with sophomore tailback Andrew Tudor's (Powell, Tenn./ETSU) nine-yard run to slice the deficit to 10-7. Tudor would lead all rushers with 166 yards on 28 carries and cross the century mark for the fourth straight contest, the first Bear to do so in four years (Jameil Surratt in 2000).
From that point, both defenses were able to hold the opposition until Lenoir-Rhyne's last-ditch drive of the game. L-R's defense was especially dominant in the second half, limiting the Indians to 98 total yards and no points. Junior linebacker Tim Clarke (Durham, N.C./Northern Durham HS) came through with another stellar performance, tallying a team-high 12 tackles with four coming for a loss as well as a sack and a half and one interception.
For Newberry, first-team preseason All-SAC honoree Terrance Leverett (Ware Shoals, S.C.) lived up to his billing with a game-high 13 tackles while Jackson led the Newberry ground game with 88 yards on 22 carries.
Aside from Newberry's ten-point edge, the teams were statistically even, but L-R outgained the visitors 227 yards to 98 in the second half, and gained 11 first downs to the Indians' seven.
Newberry travels again next Saturday, this time to face the Eagles of Carson-Newman at 1 p.m. in Jefferson City, Tenn.