September 05, 20091st2nd3rd4thFinal
Austin Peay10731434
1st Quarter
APSUTD14:44Kit Hartsfield (Steph Stansell kick)
NEWFG08:14B. Blackmon 27 Yd
APSUFG06:35Steph Stansell 20 Yd
2nd Quarter
APSUTD08:04Terrence Holt 16 Yd Run (Steph Stansell kick)
3rd Quarter
NEWTD08:42G. Legree 10 Yd Run (B. Blackmon kick)
APSUFG04:59Steph Stansell 29 Yd
NEWTD00:20G. Legree 8 Yd Run (B. Blackmon kick)
4th Quarter
APSUTD14:46Terrence Holt 75 Yd Run (Steph Stansell kick)
NEWTD09:58D. Pressley 22 Yd Pass From B. Gantt (B. Blackmon missed kick)
APSUTD04:48Darryl Miller 25 Yd Pass From Trent Caffee (Steph Stansell kick)
Stats at a GlanceNEWAPSU
1st Downs2420
3rd Down Conversions7-155-11
4th Down Conversions1-30-0
Passing (Comp-Att)335 (35-47) 91 (7-14)
Rushing (Att)114 (30) 371 (43)
Total Yards
Fumbles Lost21
Newberry drops 34-23 decision to FCS opponent Austin Peay

Newberry drops 34-23 decision to FCS opponent Austin Peay
Saturday, September 5, 2009 | by Gantt passes for 335 yards and ties school single-game completion record, Pressley has 149 receiving

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - The Newberry College football team could not overcome the big play and turnovers as the scarlet and gray (1-1) dropped a 34-23 decision to Division I-FCS Austin Peay (1-0) at Governors Stadium on Saturday.

Senior quarterback Brandon Gantt (Lexington, S.C.) completed 35-of-47 passes for 335 yards and a touchdown in the loss. Gantt completed his first 10 passes in succession and tied the school record for completions in a game. The 335 yards is now ninth in the school record books, pushing the 333 yards of passing he had at Valdosta State last week. It was the 15th game of over 300 yards passing in school history.

Junior receiver David Pressley (Anderson, S.C.) caught 10 passes for 149 yards and a touchdown. The 149 yards is the ninth most in school history and the 10 receptions is tied for eighth in school history. It was his second consecutive - and third career - game with over 100 yards receiving.

David Brown (Goose Creek, S.C.) also caught 10 passes, going for 80 yards. Alkeem Sherman (Conway, S.C.) was the team's leading rusher with six carries for 56 yards.

Defensively, senior safety Ron Parker (St. Helena Island, S.C.) once again led the way, making 14 tackles - 12 solo, and 2.5 for a loss - and snagging his third interception of the season. R.J. Reeder (Spartanburg, S.C.) made seven tackles and recovered a fumble. Joe Smith (Jonesville, S.C.) forced a fumble and Antonio Patton (Woodruff, S.C.) grabbed an interception.

The game got off to a terrible start for Newberry as running back S.J. Worrell (Madison, Ga.) was rocked and fumbled the ball. Austin Peay's Kit Hartsfield (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) scooped up the ball at the Newberry 24 and went untouched into the endzone, giving the Governors a very early 7-0 lead.

Newberry drove down the field on the next drive, taking 6:29 off the clock on a 13-play, 70-yard drive, but could not find the endzone. Britt Blackmon (Kershaw, S.C.) connected from 27 yards out for his second field goal of the season and cut the deficit to 7-3. However, Newberry felt the score should have been tied on an apparent touchdown pass from Gantt to Kelton Tindal (Sumter, S.C.), but the senior signal-caller was called for stepping over the line of scrimmage before releasing the pass.

Austin Peay's first offensive play of the season got the Govs inside the Newberry 10-yardline as Ryan White (Nashville, Tenn.) carried the ball 41 yards. But the War Party defense held after that, limiting Peay to a 20-yard Stephen Stansell (Athens, Tenn.) field goal and a 10-3 lead.

APSU tacked onto the lead in the second quarter after a 9-play, 86-yard drive with Terrence Holt (Nashville, Tenn.) capping the drive with a 16-yard touchdown rush.

Newberry seemed poised to respond after converting a fourth down on the way to the Governors' 10-yardline, but Gantt was stood up on first-and-goal and fumbled on the secondary hit. Austin Peay's Rocky Dee Peeler (Kingsport, Tenn.) fell on the ball before it rolled out of bounds to thwart the scoring threat.

Peay tried to score again before the half, but Patton's interception at the Newberry 12 stopped the drive and kept the halftime score at 17-3.

The two sides traded punts to open the second half, although Newberry got to the APSU 15 before being forced back with a personal foul blocking penalty. Todd Moon's punt on fourth-and-28 rolled out of bounds at the Peay 9-yardline.

On the first play of the next drive, Joe Smith walloped Holt and forced a fumble that Reeder recovered. On the very next play, Gerald Legree (St. Helena Island, S.C.) punched it into the endzone from 10 yards out to make it a 17-10 game.

Penalties killed Newberry on the next drive. Patton appeared to have his second interception of the game on the drive's first play, but the play was called back for a roughing the passer call. Two plays later, a facemask penalty put the Govs inside the Newberry 40. APSU continued to drive but was stopped at the Newberry 12 and had to settle for a 29-yard Stansell field goal and a 20-10 lead.

After a Newberry punt, the scarlet and gray snuffed out a Governor drive at midfield when Parker intercepted a third down pass after it was batted in the air by Andre Moyd (Andrews, S.C.). It only took four plays for Newberry to convert the turnover into points on Legree's second touchdown carry from eight yards out, bringing the scarlet and gray to within a field goal at 20-17.

Newberry had Austin Peay stalled at third-and-4 to start the fourth quarter, but Holt took the carry 75 yards on the quarter's opening play. A flag was thrown for an illegal formation against the Govs, but was waved off, making the play stand and the score 27-17.

Gantt responded with one of the best drives of the night for Newberry, completing all eight of his passes on the way to the endzone on a 10-play, 81-yard drive. The defending SAC Offensive Player of the Week appeared to be sacked as four Governors attempted to drag him to the turf. Amazingly, Gantt spotted Pressley open in the flat, and the junior receiver caught the pass and held onto the ball through a hard hit at the goal line for the score. The PAT attempt failed, making it a 27-23 game.

Austin Peay converted three third down attempts on the way to the endzone on the next drive. Trent Caffee (Aledo, Texas) found Darryl Miller (Oak Ridge, Tenn.) in the corner of the endzone from 25 yards out to put the Govs up 34-23 with 4:42 to play.

Newberry drove deep into Governors territory on the following drive, but three consecutive incomplete passes inside the APSU 20-yardline killed the scoring chances and essentially ended Newberry's chances at the win. Of Gantt's 12 incompletions in the game, seven came in the final five minutes of the game.

Austin Peay racked up 371 yards on the ground, with White netting 210 yards and Holt rushing for 152 yards. Newberry had the advantage in first downs (24 to 20) and total offense (449 to 462), but only converted on 4-of-7 chances in the red zone. The scarlet and gray were also penalized eight times for 66 yards.

Newberry takes a week off before its home opener on September 19. The scarlet and gray will host Cumberland (Tenn.) University at 7 p.m. that day at Setzler Field.