November 13, 20041st2nd3rd4thFinal
Webber International3762137
1st Quarter
NEWTD10:56D. Rodell 9 Yd Run (R. Lukshis kick)
WIUFG05:26D. Stickley 37 Yd
2nd Quarter
WIUTD12:19R. Roberts (D. Stickley kick)
NEWFG09:21R. Lukshis 25 Yd
NEWFG00:29R. Lukshis 19 Yd
3rd Quarter
WIUFG12:20D. Stickley 37 Yd
WIUFG03:40D. Stickley 23 Yd
NEWTD00:48T. Zimmerman 25 Yd Pass From Josh Stepp (R. Lukshis kick)
4th Quarter
WIUTD14:11V. Reed 36 Yd Run (D. Stickley kick)
NEWTD12:07C. Brandon 33 Yd Pass From Josh Stepp (R. Lukshis kick)
NEWTD07:10G. Jackson 1 Yd Run (R. Lukshis kick)
NEWTD06:08T. Zimmerman 20 Yd Pass From Josh Stepp (R. Lukshis kick)
WIUTD05:00V. Reed 9 Yd Pass From D. Sykes (D. Stickley kick)
NEWTD03:06Josh Stepp 5 Yd Run (R. Lukshis kick)
WIUTD00:09P. Higdon 2 Yd Pass From D. Sykes (D. Stickley kick)
Stats at a GlanceNEWWIU
1st Downs3022
3rd Down Conversions6-145-13
4th Down Conversions2-21-1
Passing (Comp-Att)370 (21-34) 252 (18-36)
Rushing (Att)216 (43) 164 (34)
Total Yards
Fumbles Lost11
Newberry closes 2004 season with 48-37 win at Webber

Newberry closes 2004 season with 48-37 win at Webber
Sunday, November 14, 2004 | by Ryan Gross, Sports Information

LAKE WALES, Fla. - The Newberry football team ended their 2004 campaign in fine fashion, defeating Webber International on the road 48-37 Saturday afternoon.  The Indians finish their season at 5-6 overall, their best record since 1999.

Although the game turned out in Newberry's favor, the Indians had to rely on 28 fourth quarter points to vanquish a very determined Warrior team.

This muggy Saturday afternoon, Newberry relied on the potent aerial antics of QB Josh Stepp (Pelion, S.C.) and WR Tymere Zimmerman (Bennettsville, S.C.).  Stepp finished the game 21-for-34, accounting for 370 yards and three touchdown passes.  Zimmerman hauled in two of the aforementioned TDs, en route to breaking the school record for scoring receptions in a season with ten. 

The Indians struck first on their second offensive drive, off a nine-yard scamper from DeShon Rodell (Allendale, S.C.). Rodell had an impressive afternoon for the Indians, racking up 102 rushing yards on just 11 carries.  Rodell also caught three balls for 61 yards.

After a Webber field goal, the Indians found themselves second-and-goal early in the second quarter.  Stepp dropped fired a pass towards the end zone that was picked off by Webber freshman cornerback Rodrick Roberts (Brookville, Fla.) and returned 99-yards for the touchdown.  Newberry managed a late field-goal to take the lead at halftime 13-10.  The Indians made four trips inside the Warrior five-yard line in the first half, coming away with only one touchdown.

After a touchdown late in the third quarter put Newberry up 20-16, both teams came out firing in the fourth as the teams combined for 48 total points in the final stanza.  Webber took the lead just 49 seconds into the quarter, courtesy of a 36-yard TD run from Vernon Reed (Kissimmee, Fla.).  Reed was the leading rusher in the game with 118 yards on the afternoon.

Newberry was regained the lead on the very next drive, as Stepp after a long scramble found WR Charles Brandon (Union, S.C.) wide open in the corner of the end zone.  Brandon had three catches for 61 yards and a TD on the day.

Newberry put the game away in the next two offensive possessions, scoring TD's in each drive, making the score 41-23.  Webber cut the lead to 41-30 when QB Dedrick Sykes (Lakeland, Fla.) found Reed for a nine-yard TD pass.  Sykes tallied 252 yards and a pair of TD's for the game.

But it was Stepp who put the game out of reach, fining the end zone untouched for a five-yard off-tackle QB sneak. 

Newberry's first team All-SAC defensive back Jonathan Lyles (Camden, S.C.) had two interceptions in the game, giving him ten on the season.  All-SAC member Terrance Leverett (Ware Shoals, S.C.) had nine tackles in the game, including a sack.