September 03, 20051st2nd3rd4thFinal
Virginia Union07007
1st Quarter
NEWTD14:29A. Haynes 64 Yd Pass From J. Stepp (R. Lukshis kick)
NEWTD09:41C. Seawell 17 Yd Pass From J. Stepp (R. Lukshis kick)
NEWTD02:17J. Stepp 1 Yd Run (R. Lukshis kick)
2nd Quarter
NEWTD10:29T. Zimmerman 16 Yd Pass From J. Stepp (R. Lukshis missed kick)
NEWTD04:08T. Zimmerman 13 Yd Pass From J. Stepp
NEWTD01:15A. Haynes 30 Yd Run (R. Lukshis kick)
VUUTD00:14GRIER 9 Yd Run (OBY kick)
3rd Quarter
NEWTD13:23A. Haynes 24 Yd Run (R. Lukshis missed kick)
NEWTD08:56T. Zimmerman 10 Yd Pass From J. Stepp (R. Lukshis kick)
Stats at a GlanceVUUNEW
1st Downs1624
3rd Down Conversions4-146-11
4th Down Conversions0-30-1
Passing (Comp-Att)157 (21-39) 275 (20-28)
Rushing (Att)121 (31) 188 (41)
Total Yards
Fumbles Lost13
Indians crush Virginia Union's Panthers, 55-7
Sophomore Alex Haynes had 215 all-purpose yards and three TDs.

Indians crush Virginia Union's Panthers, 55-7
Saturday, September 3, 2005

NEWBERRY – Newberry College scored 21 points in both the first and second quarters en route to a 55-7 victory over Virginia Union University in NCAA football action Saturday night at Setzler Field. The 48-point margin was the widest since Newberry’s 56-0 trouncing of Guilford College in 1957.

The Indians (1-0) scored on six of their first seven drives to post a 42-7 lead at intermission.

Josh Stepp (Pelion, S.C.) threw for a college record five touchdowns and 275 yards in 20 completions out of 28 attempts. Alex Haynes (Summerville, S.C.) rushed for 103 yards and two scores in nine carries, and caught four passes for another 112 yards and one touchdown through the air.

The fireworks began when Stepp hit Haynes on the second play of the game on a simple swing pass that Haynes took 64 yards to the end zone. Newberry stopped Virginia Union (0-2, 0-1 CIAA) after three plays, and drove 52 yards in seven plays after strikes of 15 and 13 yards by Stepp to junior Tymere Zimmerman (Bennettsville, S.C.) and Mazzie Drummond (Greer, S.C.). The drive culminated with a 17-yard touchdown reception by Corey Seawell (Columbia, S.C.).

After a missed Panther field goal, the Indians put together a third touchdown drive in the first frame. Stepp completed passes to Haynes, Antwan Surratt (Spartanburg, S.C.) and Zimmerman, and was denied a touchdown by defensive pass interference which placed the ball on the three-yard line. Stepp called his own number from the one, and made the score 21-0 after a successful extra point by Ryan Lukshis (Irmo, S.C.)

In the second period, Stepp connected with Zimmerman on two more touchdowns, the second one being a one-handed grab in the back of the end zone with Zimmerman getting one set of toes inbounds. Haynes tacked on a 30-yard scamper into the end zone in Newberry’s three-play, one-minute mini-drive. The sophomore running back had 191 yards of all-purpose offense at halftime.

The visitor’s lone score came after an Indian fumble on Newberry’s 20. Quarterback John Grier (Flovilla, Ga.) ran from nine yards out for the score, and Tony Oby’s (Washington, D.C.) point-after made the margin 42-7 at halftime.

Newberry’s first two third-quarter drives resulted in points, both of them triggered by outstanding defensive plays. Grier was hit from behind by Indian linebacker Charlton Grant (Early Branch, S.C.), forcing a fumble which ended up in the hands of Levi Bennett (Summerville, S.C.) at Virginia Union’s 24-yard line. Haynes needed only one play to cover those 24 yards, accounting for his third score of the evening.

On the following Panther possession, Raul Alphonso (Miami, Fla.) blocked the punt of Chad Talley (Sunnyvale, Calif.) to put Newberry in business at the VUU 25. Zimmerman made his last touchdown catch, reeling in a 10-yarder over the middle for the contest’s final points at 55-7.

Few highlights could be found for Virginia Union. Quarterback Grier threw three interceptions tonight after tossing four picks last week. He was the team’s leading rusher with 57 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries. Herb Jones (Virginia Beach, Va.) caught nine balls for 77 yards. Chad Talley averaged 42.5 yards on four punts with one blocked. Lance Liverman (Jacksonville, Fla.) was the only defender on either team with double-digit tackles, notching 11.

Defensively for the Indians, newcomers Antoine Morgan (Bennettsville, S.C.) and Mike Grase (Rock Hill, S.C.) each made six tackles, and all-SAC linebacker Terrance Leverett (Ware Shoals, S.C.) recorded five tackles.

Newberry will now prepare to face Morehead State in Kentucky next Saturday at 7 p.m. Virginia Union travels for its third consecutive road game, playing at 6 p.m. at Livingstone College on the 10th.