October 13, 20071st2nd3rd4thFinal
Mars Hill377724
Newberry211413048
Scoring
1st Quarter
MHCFG10:26Chase Harris 30 Yd
NEWTD08:08K. Tindal 25 Yd Pass From M. Johnson (R. Lukshis kick)
NEWTD03:48T. Salley 2 Yd Run (R. Lukshis kick)
NEWTD02:05K. Tindal 22 Yd Pass From M. Johnson (R. Lukshis kick)
2nd Quarter
NEWTD13:17T. Salley 30 Yd Run (R. Lukshis kick)
MHCTD08:16Chappell Rose 1 Yd Run (Chase Harris kick)
NEWTD07:08D. Smith 27 Yd Pass From M. Johnson (R. Lukshis kick)
3rd Quarter
NEWTD13:55T. Salley 25 Yd Run (R. Lukshis kick)
MHCTD08:30Ricky Spradling 1 Yd Run (Chase Harris kick)
NEWTD08:16T. Salley 59 Yd Run (R. Lukshis missed kick)
4th Quarter
MHCTD05:20Chappell Rose 3 Yd Run (Chase Harris kick)
Stats at a GlanceMHCNEW
1st Downs2818
3rd Down Conversions7-153-8
4th Down Conversions2-30-1
Passing (Comp-Att)166 (12-30) 175 (11-14)
Rushing (Att)300 (59) 242 (36)
Total Yards
Penalties4-447-30
Turnovers30
Fumbles Lost10
Interceptions20
Possession36:4223:18


Indians defeat Mars Hill, 48-24, behind four TDs from Salley
Saturday, October 13, 2007 | by Johnson passes for three scores in solid offensive night

NEWBERRY, S.C. - The Newberry College football team earned its first South Atlantic Conference victory of 2007 behind a very efficient offensive attack, as the Indians took down the Lions of Mars Hill College, 48-24, at Setzler Field on Saturday.

Newberry moves to 5-2 overall and 1-2 in SAC play, while Mars Hill drops to 4-3 overall and 0-3 in the league.

Sophomore running back Tharry Salley (Blackville, S.C.) ran for 174 yards and four touchdowns on 15 carries to lead the Indians. Quarterback Michael Johnson (Florence, S.C.) was 10-of-13 passing for 170 yards and three touchdowns.

Mars Hill's George Washington rushed for 161 yards on 28 carries, while Chappell Rose scored two touchdowns on the ground to lead the Lions.

The Lions opened the scoring on the first drive of the game, as Chase Harris' 30-yard field goal gave Mars Hill a 3-0 lead after a 10-play, 33-yard drive.

Newberry replied on the next drive, as Kelton Tindal (Sumter, S.C.) hauled in a 25-yard touchdown pass from Johnson to give the Indians a 7-3 advantage.

After forcing the Lions to go three-and-out on their next drive, Newberry scored quickly, with a five-play, 58-yard drive capped by a 2-yard Salley touchdown. The scoring play was set up by a 38-yard reception by Corey Seawell (Columbia, S.C.), which put Newberry on the MHC 2.

Mars Hill attempted to use a trick play to cut the lead down, but wide receiver Demario Zachery's pass was intercepted by Andre Moyd (Andrews, S.C.), who returned it to the Mars Hill 22.

The Indians immediately capitalized on the interception, as Johnson and Tindal hooked up for a 22-yard touchdown to give Newberry a 21-3 advantage.

Newberry's defense held Mars Hill to another three-and-out and put together a five-play, 61-yard drive that ended with a 30-yard touchdown scamper from Salley to put Newberry ahead 28-3.

Mars Hill responded with a well-manufactured 12-play, 80-yard drive that was capped by Rose's first touchdown of the game from one yard out. Washington rushed for 54 yards on the drive.

Once again, Newberry struck quickly after the Lions' score following an Antonio Patton (Woodruff, S.C.) kickoff return which set the Indians up at midfield. The Indians only needed three plays to reach paydirt, as Johnson and David Smith (Union, S.C.) connected for a 27-yard touchdown pass with 7:08 before halftime, giving Newberry a 35-10 lead.

The Lions once again put together a nice drive, pushing the ball 72 yards down the field on 14 plays, but one defensive play on the 1-yardline would swing the momentum further in Newberry's favor.

On a first-and-goal play from the Newberry 2, Devin Robinson (St. Helena, S.C.) hit Tyrea Allen as he tried to dive into the endzone. The ball popped loose, and Newberry's Isaac Johnson (Summerville, S.C.) fell on it for a touchback to stop the threat and keep Newberry's lead at 35-10 at the half.

On the opening kickoff of the second half, Patton showed why he is one of the most dangerous return men in the South Atlantic Conference, as he returned the ball 68 yards to the Mars Hill 20. After Derek Young (Wellford, S.C.) was stuffed for a loss of five on the opening paly of the drive, Salley recorded his third touchdown of the night on a 25-yard scoring run, giving Newberry a 42-10 lead.

Mars Hill put together another good drive that paid off, as the Lions drove 69 yards on 10 plays and scored on a qurterback keeper from Ricky Spradling, to cut the deficit to 42-17.

Salley proved to be a quick strike scoring threat for the fourth time on the night, as he carried the ball 59 yards for a touchdown on the first play of the drive to finish off the Newberry scoring.

The final score of the night came in the fourth quarter, as Rose earned his second score of the night at the end of an 11-play, 69 yard drive.

Mars Hill won many statistical battles, as the Lions had 28 first downs to Newberry's 18, and recorded 300 rushing yards. But Newberry only ran 50 plays to earn 417 yards, while Mars Hill gained 466 yards on 89 plays.

Defensively, Derrell Mills (Gray Court, S.C.) and Stewart Good (Rock Hill, S.C.) led the Indians with 10 tackles apiece. Those performances are the first double-digit tackle games by Indian players this season.

Moyd and Temarcus Thompson (Greenville, S.C.) each had interceptions, while the team forced two fumbles.

Xavier Jordan led the Lions with seven tackles.

The Indians will look to even their SAC recrod and improve their NCAA Southeast Region playoff hopes next Saturday at Wingate University. Kickoff at Irwin Belk Stadium and John R. Martin Field in Wingate, N.C., is slated for 1:30 p.m. The game will be available for viewing on the NCAA's Division II webstream at http://www.cstv.com/ncaa/divii/ .

Mars Hill has an open week before hosting Lenoir-Rhyne on October 27.