October 04, 20081st2nd3rd4thFinal
1st Quarter
NEWTD02:54G. Legree 2 Yd Run (B. Blackmon kick)
2nd Quarter
CATTD07:35J.Cuthbertson 1 Yd Run (T.Trexler missed kick)
NEWPAT07:35A. Moyd
NEWTD05:09K. Tindal 49 Yd Pass From B. Gantt (B. Blackmon kick)
NEWTD03:56T. Salley 5 Yd Run (B. Blackmon kick)
3rd Quarter
NEWFG09:04B. Blackmon 20 Yd
NEWTD04:59K. Tindal 94 Yd Pass From B. Gantt (B. Blackmon kick)
4th Quarter
CATTD11:51A.Hall 2 Yd Run (T.Trexler missed kick)
Stats at a GlanceCATNEW
1st Downs1713
3rd Down Conversions3-127-16
4th Down Conversions1-20-1
Passing (Comp-Att)230 (16-38) 175 (8-15)
Rushing (Att)144 (28) 167 (48)
Total Yards
Fumbles Lost11

Newberry football provides stellar end to Homecoming with 33-14 win over 18th-ranked Catawba
Saturday, October 4, 2008 | by Special teams blocks three kicks; Tindal ties school record for longest receiving TD

NEWBERRY, S.C. - Special teams and defense set up Newberry College for success, while the offense provided the fireworks in NC's 33-14 Homecoming win over 18th-ranked Catawba at Setzler Field on Saturday.

Newberry (3-2, 2-0 SAC) blocked three kicks and forced four turnovers to provide Newberry with scoring chances. Kamaal McIlwain (Fort Mill, S.C.) blocked two kicks in the game, made three tackles and broke up two passes, including a potential touchdown strike.

Junior receiver Kelton Tindal (Sumter, S.C.) had a spectaular evening, blocking a punt - the fifth blocked kick of his career and second of the season - as well as catching two passes. While it was only two passes, they both carried a massive impact, as he hauled in touchdowns of 49 and 94 yards on the night. The 94 yard catch tied the Newberry College record for the longest pass play in school history.

Catawba (3-2, 1-1 SAC; ranked 20th in the AFCA poll and 18th in the D2Football poll) outgained NC in first downs, passing yardage and total offense, put could never overcome the turnovers and special teams mistakes. Jamelle Cuthbertson (Charlotte, N.C.) led Catawba with 108 rushing yards on 12 carries, while Travis Landrum (Inman, S.C.) caught three passes for 94 yards. Freshman linebacker Lakeem Perry (Louisburg, N.C.) nearly doubled his season tackles total with 17 tackles - 15 of which went down as solos. Junior Julian Samolu (Salisbury, N.C.) recorded 10 tackles.

The game started off well for the scarlet and gray, as senior linebacker Will Newell (Irmo, S.C.) snagged an interception on his first play. It was the first interception of his career. After going three-and-out and punting, Newberry gave up a 72-yard completion from Howard Williamson (Greensboro, N.C.) to Landrum, putting Catawba at the Newberry 26. However, NC's defense put the clamps on the Catawba offense and forced Thomas Trexler (Wilmington, N.C.) to miss a 32-yard field goal.

Newberry got on the board first with a 13-play, 80-yard drive that featured three third down conversions. Gerald Legree (Beaufort, S.C.) capped the drive with a 2-yard touchdown plunge, giving Newberry the 7-0 lead after the PAT.

Catawba was forced to punt on its next possession, and Trexler's punt pinned Newberry inside its own 3-yardline. On second down from the 5, the snap went over the quarterback's head and out of the endzone for a safety, making it a 7-2 game.

NC forced another Trexler punt on its next drive, but the scarlet and gray's drive was cut short when Samolu forced a fumble, giving Catawba the ball at the Newberry 15. It took only three plays for Cuthbertson to find the endzone and put Catawba up 8-7.

However, that lead was extremely short-lived, as McIlwain blocked Trexler's PAT attempt. Andre Moyd (Andrews, S.C.) picked up the ball and ran all the way to the other endzone for the defensive PAT, put Newberry back on top at 9-8. The scarlet and gray would never relinquish the lead.

The lead was extended to 16-8, when Brandon Gantt (Lexington, S.C.) found Tindal for a 49-yard touchdown pass with 5:09 left before the half.

Tindal would make his mark on the game again on the next drive. After a Catawba three-and-out, Tindal blocked Trexler's punt and recovered it at the Catawba 5. Tharry Salley (Blackville, S.C.) ran the ball into the endzone on the first play, giving Newberry a 23-8 lead it would take to halftime.

Newberry started the second half scoring on its second drive in the third quarter, as Britt Blackmon (Kershaw, S.C.) finished off a 7-play, 17-yard drive with a 20-yard field goal, giving Newberry the 26-8 lead. The score was set up when senior defensive end David Harris (Ninety Six, S.C.) recovered a fumble by Catawba's George Bell (Fayetteville, N.C.) and returned it down to the Catawba 2, just short of the end zone. There was a block in the back penalty on the return, forcing Newberry back, but the scarlet and gray still put the points on the board.

After driving into Newberry territory on the next drive, Catawba looked for the endzone on the arm of sophomore quarterback Patrick Dennis (Durham, N.C.). However, senior safety Derrell Mills (Gray Court, S.C.) thwarted the drive with an interception at the Newberry 2.

Two short rushes set up a third-and-6 for Newberry at its own 6-yardline. But Gantt want to the air and found Tindal for a 94-yard touchdown strike. The play tied a pass from Brian Shealy to Willie Stewart in the 2002 Carson-Newman game for the longest pass play and longest play from scrimmage in NC history. It also put Newberry up, 33-8, after the PAT.

Catawba scored a touchdown on a 2-yard carry from Antonio Hall (Greensboro, N.C.) on its first play of the fourth quarter. But the Newberry special teams unit kept the score at 33-14 when McIlwain blocked his second PAT attempt of the night. Senior defensive tackle Ryan McClain (Charleston, S.C.) attempted to return the block for the second defensive PAT of the night, but was unable to.

The win was sealed when Antonio Patton (Woodruff, S.C.) intercepted a Catawba pass on the Newberry 5 on the visitors' next drive. From there, Newberry went on a 12-play, 66-yard drive that took seven and a half minutes off the clcok and wrapped up the victory.

Gantt finished the game 5-of-11 passing for 156 yards and 2 touchdowns, while Salley led the rushing attack with 21 carries for 87 yards and a touchdown. Junior punter Todd Moon (Anderson, S.C.) had a solid performance, as he averaged 39.2 yards per punt and pinned Catawba inside its own 20 twice. Mills and Devon Smalls (Hollywood, S.C.) led Newberry with five tackles apiece.

Mike Grase (Rock Hill, S.C.) and Stewart Good (Rock Hill, S.C.) each recorded sacks for Newberry

Newberry will look for its third South Atlantic Conference win of the season next Saturday in just its second road game of the year. Newberry faces Mars Hill (3-3, 0-2 SAC) at Meares Stadium in Mars Hill, N.C., at 2:30 p.m.Saturday. Catawba hosts Carson-Newman (3-2, 1-1 SAC) at 7 p.m. Saturday,