November 04, 20061st2nd3rd4thFinal
1st Quarter
NEWFG10:35R. Lukshis 22 Yd
NEWTD02:46T. Zimmerman 30 Yd Pass From J. Stepp (R. Lukshis kick)
2nd Quarter
NEWTD12:11J. Stepp 1 Yd Run (R. Lukshis kick)
LRCTD08:23Ronnie Edwards 32 Yd Pass From Justin Sanders (P. Thompson kick)
NEWTD06:00C. Brandon 10 Yd Pass From J. Stepp (R. Lukshis kick)
3rd Quarter
NEWTD10:13A. Haynes 5 Yd Run (R. Lukshis kick)
LRCTD06:16Pete Goodman 9 Yd Pass From Justin Sanders (P. Thompson kick)
LRCTD00:55Justin Sanders 7 Yd Run (P. Thompson kick)
4th Quarter
NEWTD14:32C. Smalls 1 Yd Run (R. Lukshis kick)
NEWTD05:17C. Smalls 2 Yd Run (R. Lukshis kick)
Stats at a GlanceLRCNEW
1st Downs1424
3rd Down Conversions5-113-10
4th Down Conversions1-12-2
Passing (Comp-Att)194 (14-25) 169 (15-21)
Rushing (Att)93 (25) 265 (44)
Total Yards
Fumbles Lost00
No. 11 Newberry claims first SAC Championship; Defeats Lenoir-Rhyne 45-21
Tymere Zimmerman caught his 35th touchdown reception, becoming the SAC's all-time leader in touchdown receptions.

No. 11 Newberry claims first SAC Championship; Defeats Lenoir-Rhyne 45-21
Saturday, November 4, 2006

NEWBERRY - Newberry College racked up 434 yards of total offense while Tymere Zimmerman became the South Atlantic Conference�s all-time leader in touchdown receptions as the 11th-ranked Indians reclaimed the Bishops' Trophy, defeating Lenoir-Rhyne 45-21 on Saturday evening in front of a crowd of 3,981 at Setzler Field.

With the victory, Newberry (10-0, 6-0 SAC) wraps up the SAC regular season championship.  The Indians will travel to Clinton, S.C. for the annual Bronze Derby against Presbyterian next Saturday at 1:30 pm.

After Newberry went up 3-0 on a 22-yard field goal by Ryan Lukshis, the Indians used an 8-play 49-yard drive to go up 10-0 when Josh Stepp connected with Zimmerman on a 30-yard touchdown pass.  The touchdown was the 35th in the career for the senior Zimmerman, breaking the tie he had with former Lenoir-Rhyne player Terrance Steward with 34.

The Bears (3-7, 1-5 SAC) strung together a 10-play 81-yard drive in the second to make the score 17-7.  Quarterback Justin Sanders lofted a 32-yard touchdown pass to Ronnie Edwards with 8:23 remaining before halftime.

The Indians would score a touchdown with 6:00 remaining in the second quarter when Stepp found Charles Brandon open in the end zone for a 10-yard score.

In the second half, the Newberry ground game got going as Alex Haynes scored on a five-yard run with 10:13 left in the third quarter.  Fullback Cory Smalls capped off the Indians scoring when he plowed in from a yard and two yards out in the fourth quarter.

Stepp, completed 15-of-21 passes for 169 yards and two touchdowns.  The senior also rushed for 74 yards and scored on a one-yard rushing touchdown.  Zimmerman finished with five catches for 54 yards. 

Newberry was led on defense by linebacker Will Newell, who finished with 14 tackles.  Mike Grase and Levi Bennett each recorded interceptions on the night.

Sanders finished 14-of-25 for 194 yards and two touchdowns.  Pete Goodman caught three passes for 62 yards and a score.