October 02, 20041st2nd3rd4thFinal
1st Quarter
C-NFG09:24B. Mott 20 Yd
C-NTD04:34L. Weaver 38 Yd Pass From S. Kelley (B. Mott missed kick)
NEWTD04:11C. Brandon 6 Yd Pass From Josh Stepp (S. Stellfox missed kick)
C-NTD01:59K. Angry 32 Yd Run (B. Mott kick)
2nd Quarter
NEWFG12:53R. Lukshis 35 Yd
C-NTD12:36D. Wilkey 65 Yd Pass From S. Kelley (B. Mott kick)
C-NTD06:41R. Howard 2 Yd Run (B. Mott kick)
C-NTD04:59L. Weaver 39 Yd Pass From J. King (B. Mott kick)
3rd Quarter
NEWTD08:36C. Brandon 34 Yd Pass From Josh Stepp
NEWTD04:01J. LaBarge 16 Yd Pass From Josh Stepp (R. Lukshis kick)
4th Quarter
C-NTD11:56L. Weaver 6 Yd Pass From S. Kelley
NEWTD08:54Josh Stepp 18 Yd Run
C-NTD06:20R. Howard 6 Yd Run
Stats at a GlanceNEWC-N
1st Downs2731
3rd Down Conversions7-156-10
4th Down Conversions1-31-1
Passing (Comp-Att)440 (35-60) 270 (12-14)
Rushing (Att)50 (21) 449 (58)
Total Yards
Fumbles Lost12
Indians fall, 49-30, in Carson-Newman shootout

Indians fall, 49-30, in Carson-Newman shootout
Saturday, October 2, 2004 | by courtesy Carson-Newman Sports Information

JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. - In what might best be described as an offensive explosion, the Carson-Newman Eagles and Newberry Indians combined for 1,209 yards of total offense as C-N defeated Newberry 49-30 Saturday afternoon at Burke-Tarr Stadium.

Indian quarterback Josh Stepp (Pelion, S.C.) established three new single-game school records for attempts, completions, and passing yards as he was 34-of-59 for 429 yards and three touchdowns. His numbers eclipsed the old marks of 33 completions, 52 attempts, and 388 yards.  The yardage record has stood since 1983 when SAC Hall of Famer Jimmy Skipper set the mark in the game against West Georgia.

The story of the game was in the numbers. In addition to the 1,209 yards of offense (719 for Carson-Newman and 490 for Newberry), the two teams combined to run 153 plays, 58 first downs, seven sacks for 31 yards, 217 total kickoff yards, six fumbles and 205 yards in combined penalty yards. Special teams were also a problem as the Eagles missed three extra points and the Indians missed two. The Eagles rushed for 449 yard while the Indians only has 61.

Antwan Surratt (Spartanburg, S.C.) had a big day overall as he caught nine passes for 121 yards and had 164 yards in kickoff return yardage. Junior LaBarge (Ellis, Kans.) had 125 receiving yards and a score. Stephen Henry (Belle Glade, Fla.) led the Indians with 13 tackles, a forced fumble and a sack.

Tymere Zimmerman (Bennettsville, S.C.) moved up to tenth on Newberry's all-time career receiving yardage list with 69 yards today.  His 1,161 career receiving yards is 34 yards shy of ninth place and 94 yards away from the eighth spot.

Rayvon Howard (Brewton, Ala.) led the Eagles' ground game as he rushed 22 times for 194 yards and two touchdowns. Kiel Angry (Smithville, Ga.) had 121 rushing yards and a score. Shane Kelley (Sevierville, Tenn.) was six-for-eight for 155 yards and three touchdowns. Joey King (Cedartown, Ga.) was a perfect six-for-six for 115 yards and a touchdown. Leonard Weaver (Melbourne, Fla.) had a huge day as he caught three touchdown passes and finished with 112 total yards. Del Wilkey (Walterboro, S.C.) had four catches for 117 yards and a score.

The Eagles started the scoring binge with a 20-yard field goal by Brandon Mott (Seminole, Fla.) at the 9:24 mark of the first quarter. Weaver caught the first of his three touchdown scores when he was on the receiving end of a pass from Kelley with 4:34 remaining in the opening quarter. Charles Brandon (Union S.C.) produced the Indians' first score with a six-yard reception from Stepp at the 4:11 mark. The play was set up by a 93-yard kick-off return by Suratt. The final score of the first quarter came when Angry scored on a 32-yard run with just under two minutes remaining to give C-N a 16-6 lead.

Newberry scored first in the second frame when Ryan Lukskis (Irmo, S.C.) booted a 35-yard field goal. Wilkey caught a 65-yard pass from Kelley, Howard ran in from two yards out and Weaver caught a 39-yard strike from King to cap a 21-point scoring run to end the second quarter and give C-N a 37-9 lead at the half.

The Indians would climb back into the game with 15 points in the third quarter. Stepp found Brandon for a 34-yard pass and LaBarge caught a 16-yard toss from Stepp to cut the C-N advantage to 37-24 after three quarters.  The Eagles gave themselves some breathing room when Weaver scored his third and final touchdown on a six-yard pass from Kelley early in the fourth quarter. Stepp produced the final touchdown for the Indians as he rambled in from 18 yards out. The closing touchdown of the game came at the 6:20 mark of the fourth quarter when Howard scored a six-yard rushing touchdown.

The Eagles travel to Presbyterian on Oct. 8 for a 1:30 p.m. kickoff and Newberry returns home to host Tusculum at 7 p.m. in its homecoming.