|November 06, 2004||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|NEW||TD||11:57||C. Brandon 24 Yd Pass From Josh Stepp (R. Lukshis kick)|
|NEW||TD||07:19||T. Zimmerman 2 Yd Pass From Josh Stepp (R. Lukshis kick)|
|PC||FG||12:21||R. Noll 42 Yd|
|PC||TD||10:00||J. Freeman 14 Yd Pass From Z. Ellis (R. Noll kick)|
|NEW||TD||01:40||D. Hundley (R. Lukshis kick)|
|PC||TD||09:00||A. Wright 1 Yd Run|
|PC||TD||02:12||S. McCoy 33 Yd Pass From Z. Ellis (R. Noll kick)|
|NEW||TD||00:22||C. Seawell 3 Yd Pass From Josh Stepp (R. Lukshis kick)|
|Stats at a Glance||NEW||PC|
|3rd Down Conversions||5-14||7-15|
|4th Down Conversions||0-1||0-0|
|Passing (Comp-Att)||223 (28-43)||282 (24-45)|
|Rushing (Att)||155 (34)||121 (31)|
CLINTON - The 58th meeting of the battle for the Bronze Derby swung in Newberry's direction Saturday afternoon, as the Indians upset their archrival Presbyterian 28-25 at Bailey Memorial Stadium. The Indians improved to 4-6 overall (1-6 SAC) while Presbyterian ends their season at 6-5 (4-3 SAC).
The stage was set for an epic battle between these two old rivals. Newberry came in fighting for a bit of pride after losing six-straight conference games, and being drubbed at the hands of the Blue Hose 42-14 in 2003. With a win over the Indians and a little help from Wingate, Presbyterian could clinch the regular season South Atlantic Conference title.
After Presbyterian took over after an interception, Newberry forced the Blue Hose three-and-out, giving the Indians one final shot at the game with 1:12 left. Sophomore quarterback Josh Stepp (Pelion, S.C.) led the Indians on a seven play, 59-yard drive, finding freshmen wideout Corey Seawell (Columbia, S.C.) for the three-yard TD pass. It was only the seventh reception of the year for Seawell. Stepp was 5-for-7 on the game-winning drive, ensuring Newberry would bring home the coveted Bronze Derby after a six-year stay in Clinton, S.C.
Stepp had a stellar game for the Indians, racking up 277 total yards, including 223 in the air. Stepp passed for three touchdowns on the afternoon. The signal caller owns every single-season record in the Newberry books except for pass attempts, and is only five away from that mark. He is already eighth on the career lists in yardage, completions, and attempts.
Newberry drew first blood on the first possession of the game, marching down the field in a well-orchestrated eight-play, 83 yard drive culminating in a 24-yard touchdown pass to Charles Brandon (Union, S.C.). It was Brandon's seventh touchdown reception of the year.
After a three-and-out opening offensive possession for the Blue Hose, Newberry once again got the ball moving towards the end-zone. Stepp engineered a ten play, 54-yard touchdown drive ending with a TD pass to his favorite target Tymere Zimmerman (Bennettsville, S.C.). This ended the scoring for the first quarter, as Newberry found themselves ahead 14-0.
Zimmerman caught his fourth pass of the day during the second quarter, breaking the 66-year-old record for most receiving yards in a season. He currently has 874 yards on the year and 1,545 in his two-year career, only eight shy of third place on the all-time list.
The Blue Hose were stymied by the Indian defense for most of the first half, as they were held to just 100 yards total offense. Newberry defensive lineman Tony Ransom (Marion, S.C.) was a one-man wrecking crew for most of the game, finishing the contest with five tackles, three of which were sacks, and two forced fumbles. All Presbyterian could muster in the first half was 42-yard field goal from the foot of Ryan Noll (Monroe, Ga.). The two teams entered half time with Newberry up on Presbyterian 14-3.
However, Presbyterian would not go gently as the Blue Hose got the ball first in the second half, and turned it into the game as Presbyterian quarterback Zach Ellis (Tifton, Ga.) led his team on a drive of their own. After charging the Blue Hose deep into Indian territory, Ellis found running back Zach Freeman (Walhalla, S.C.) open on the sideline, and bruised his way to a 14-yard touchdown, making the score Newberry 14, Presbyterian 10. Ellis completed 24-of-44 passes for 282 yards and two TD's, but threw four interceptions on the day.
After the score, Newberry put together a nice drive, only to be forced to punt after an impressive defensive stand by Blue Hose. Understandably fired-up after the turn of events in their favor, Presbyterian started to drive on offense. After a 24-yard pass to Steven McCoy (Jacksonville, Fla.), PC's Ellis dropped back to pass, but the ensuing pass was tipped at the line, finding its way to the hands of Newberry defensive lineman Emil Gibson (Spartanburg, S.C.). Gibson rumbled 14 yards downfield after the interception, then pitched the ball as he was running out of gas to cornerback Deonte Hundley (Norfolk, Va.) who took the ball into the end zone, putting Newberry further ahead 21-10.
Presbyterian mounted a comeback in the fourth quarter, cutting the lead to 21-16 after a two-yard TD run by Andreas Wright (Columbus, Ga.). Presbyterian converted the two-point attempt, shrinking the Newberry lead to 21-18.
After a blocked punt, Presbyterian took the lead for the first time in the game after a 33-yard TD pass from Ellis to McCoy, putting the Blue Hose up 25-21 with 2:12 remaining in the game. PC's McCoy led all receivers with eight catches for 118 yards and one TD.
The Indians end their season at Webber International next Saturday, kicking off at 1 p.m.