|November 05, 2005||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|PC||TD||11:55||J. Durant 19 Yd Pass From Z. Ellis (A. Schlimmer kick)|
|PC||TD||09:39||J. Mitchell (A. Schlimmer kick)|
|NEW||TD||12:17||T. Davis 3 Yd Run (R. Lukshis kick)|
|PC||TD||09:41||B. Wilhoit 44 Yd Pass From Z. Ellis (A. Schlimmer kick)|
|PC||TD||00:56||J. Durant 11 Yd Pass From Z. Ellis (A. Schlimmer kick)|
|PC||FG||06:31||A. Schlimmer 29 Yd|
|PC||TD||00:47||C. Reeder 3 Yd Run (A. Schlimmer kick)|
|Stats at a Glance||PC||NEW|
|3rd Down Conversions||10-16||6-13|
|4th Down Conversions||1-1||0-1|
|Passing (Comp-Att)||292 (27-39)||103 (12-27)|
|Rushing (Att)||108 (36)||80 (32)|
NEWBERRY – Presbyterian College scored 14 points in the game’s first six minutes, then scored 24 unanswered in the second half to defeat Newberry, 38-7, in the South Atlantic Conference finale for both teams. PC’s Zach Ellis (Tifton, Ga.) threw for 292 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Blue Hose to the perfect 7-0 finish in conference play and a 10-1 overall record.
Newberry dropped to 5-4 overall and 4-3 in the conference, good for third place. This is the best finish in SAC play since Newberry has competed on the Division II level.
PC receiver Justin Durant (Florence, S.C.) caught Ellis’ first touchdown toss from 19 yards out to open the scoring. Less than three minutes later, the Blue Hose blocked Newberry’s punt attempt from its own endzone, where James Mitchell (Lawrenceville, Ga.) fell on the ball for a 14-0 lead.
With PC threatening again, Newberry defensive end Antoine Morgan (Bennettsville, S.C.) recovered an Ellis fumble and brought it back to PC’s 20 yard line. Five plays later, fullback Titus Davis (Cross, S.C.) motored in from three yards out to close the gap to 14-7, where the score stood at halftime.
On the first Presbyterian drive after intermission, Ellis went deep to Brett Wilhoit (Johnson City, Tenn.) for the 44-yard completion and the score. After stopping Newberry on fourth-and-one, the Blue Hose moved 45 yards in seven plays, capping the drive with Durant’s second receiving touchdown to put the visitors on top 28-7 after three quarters.
PC scored twice in the final frame as well, getting a 29-yard field goal from Andy Schlimmer (High Point, N.C.) and a three-yard touchdown run from freshman Chetyuane Reeder (Clinton, S.C.).
Statistically, the Blue Hose won out in every category. First downs favored Presbyterian 24 to 13, and PC had more than double the total yardage as Newberry (400 to 183). The anticipated battle between the SAC’s two best quarterbacks was anticlimactic, with Ellis topping Josh Stepp (Pelion, S.C.) 292 to 103 in passing yards, and winning both the touchdown (3:0) and interception (0:1) competitions.
Chris Pope (Ninety Six, S.C.) led all receivers with eight catches for 93 yards, while Tymere Zimmerman (Bennettsville, S.C.) paced the Indians with five receptions totaling 37 yards. Alex Haynes (Summerville, S.C.) was tops for Newberry in rushing with 31 yards, while PC’s Reeder had 96.
Newberry’s Terrance Leverett (Ware Shoals, S.C.) ended his career with another great performance, totaling 13 tackles. Freshman sensation and last week’s SAC defensive player of the week Will Newell (Columbia, S.C.) recorded 13 stops and a sack. Antwan Thomas (Hawkinsville, Ga.) led the Presbyterian defense with eight tackles and an interception.
Presbyterian awaits word on seeding in the 24-team NCAA Division II playoffs tomorrow afternoon, but should obtain a first-round bye as the Southeast Region's #1-ranked team, Valdosta State, lost earlier today.