October 03, 20091st2nd3rd4thFinal
1st Quarter
NEWTD11:41B. Gantt 5 Yd Run (N. Toole kick)
CATTD09:24A.Hall 4 Yd Run (T.Trexler kick)
2nd Quarter
NEWTD14:53D. Smith 11 Yd Pass From B. Gantt (B. Blackmon kick)
NEWTD03:49B. Bostick 19 Yd Pass From B. Gantt (B. Blackmon kick)
NEWTD00:55B. Gantt 7 Yd Run (B. Blackmon kick)
3rd Quarter
CATTD11:21J.Wright 2 Yd Run (T.Trexler kick)
NEWTD03:17SJ Worrell 61 Yd Run (B. Blackmon missed kick)
4th Quarter
NEWTD07:04SJ Worrell 1 Yd Run (B. Blackmon missed kick)
CATTD03:41M.Fair (T.Trexler kick)
Stats at a GlanceNEWCAT
1st Downs2611
3rd Down Conversions10-182-12
4th Down Conversions0-10-3
Passing (Comp-Att)216 (23-37) 132 (9-26)
Rushing (Att)329 (47) 44 (33)
Total Yards
Fumbles Lost11
Newberry runs by No. 21 Catawba, 40-21

Newberry runs by No. 21 Catawba, 40-21
Saturday, October 3, 2009 | by S.J. Worrell carries the ball 19 times for 237 yards and two TDs

SALISBURY, N.C. - The Newberry College football team spoiled Homecoming for Catawba College on Saturday, rolling up 545 yards of offense - including 329 yards on the ground - in a 40-21 win. Newberry moves to 3-2 overall and 1-1 in South Atlantic Conference play, while Catawba drops to 3-2 and 0-2 in the SAC.

Senior running back S.J. Worrell (Madison, Ga.) rushed 19 times for 237 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 12.5 yards per carry. Worrell earned the second-most rushing yards in a single game in Newberry history on the day, behind only Alex Haynes' 255 yards against Bowie State in 2007. As a team, Newberry rushed for 329 yards, marking the first time the team had rushed for over 300 yards since that same Bowie State game, which was also the last time NC had over 500 yards of total offense.

Senior quarterback Brandon Gantt (Lexington, S.C.) also had an outstanding day, completing 21-of-35 passes for 211 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions, while also carrying the ball 11 times for 35 yards and two touchdowns. Brandon Bostick (Florence, S.C.) was the leading receiver with six catches for 104 yards and a touchdown.

Defensively, Newberry sacked Catawba quarterback Cam Sexton seven times and allowed only 176 yards of offense. Andre Moyd (Andrews, S.C.) led the way with seven tackles including 3.0 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Ron Parker (St. Helena Island, S.C.) notched six tackles, while Brandon McCall (Sumter, S.C.) made three tackles - all of them for a loss. Apollo Stretch (Columbia, S.C.) also made his first career interception.

Sexton (Laurinburg, N.C.) was only 8-of-25 through the air for 122 yards and an interception. Antonio Hall (Greensboro, N.C.) carried the ball 12 times for 46 yards and a score and Josh Wright (Raeford, N.C.) also had a rushing touchdown. Lakeem Perry (Louisburg, N.C.) led Catawba with 11 tackles and a forced fumble, while Melquan Fair (Raleigh, N.C.) had a 46 yard fumble recovery for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter.

Newberry received the kickoff to start the game and a return to the Catawba 44-yardline by Kelton Tindal (Sumter, S.C.) set Newberry up in great position. It took the scarlet and gray 10 plays and 3:19 to traverse that 44 yards, with Gantt's 5-yard carry for a score giving the guests a 7-0 lead after a Nick Toole (Barnwell, S.C.) PAT.

Catawba responded with a 5-play, 60-yard drive that tied the game at 7-all after Hall's 4-yard touchdown plunge. The drive was aided by a 22-yard pass play and a pass interference penalty by Newberry.

After the teams traded punts, Newberry drove into the Catawba red zone, but that drive lost two yards and Toole's 39-yard field goal attempt was wide left. However, Stretch intercepted a Sexton pass on the first play of the next drive to set Newberry up for a score on an 11-yard pass from Gantt to David Smith (Union, S.C.) on the first play of the second quarter for a 14-7 Newberry lead after the PAT by Britt Blackmon (Kershaw, S.C.).

Newberry forced a three-and-out on the next drive and then pounded its way to the Catawba 29 before Bryant Vennable (Gretna, Va.) intercepted a Gantt pass at the Catawba 10 on fourth down. The hosts were forced to punt again and the trio of Gantt, Bostick and Worrell led the scarlet and gray to a score on the ensuing drive. A 15-yard pass to Bostick was followed by a 37-yard rush by Worrell down to the Catawba 18. After a loss of one and an incompletion, Gantt found Bostick open on the sideline, and the sophomore bowled over Catawba defenders and found the end zone with 3:49 left before the half, giving Newberry a 21-7 lead.

Catawba's offense moved the ball into Newberry territory on the next drive, but stalled at the NC 35. On fourth-and-18 for the hosts, Andre Clark (Rock Hill, S.C.) made a huge sack to give Newberry the ball at its own 45 with about a minute and a half left in the period.

Three plays later, Newberry found the end zone, with Worrell rushing for 22 yards on the first play. Gantt connected with Bostick on a 26-yard completion to the Catawba 7-yardline before taking care of the scoring himself on a run into the endzone that made it a 28-7 game at the halftime break.

A pair of special teams mistakes early in the third quarter let Catawba narrow the lead to two scores. After Newberry held Catawba to a three-and-out on the opening drive of the half, a block in the back penalty forced Newberry start the drive at its own 11. After Newberry's three-and-out, Jaspen Gray (Advance, N.C.) blocked the Todd Moon (Anderson, S.C.) punt and James Collins (East Islip, N.Y.) recovered the ball at the Newberry 2. The blocked punt was the first one Newberry had allowed since the Wingate game of the 2006 season, a span of 33 games.

Wright punched the ball into the endzone on the next play to cut the lead to 28-14. Catawba's Calvin Hall (Concord, N.C.) intercepted a Gantt pass near midfield on the next drive and Catawba started to drive down the field, but Moyd avoided the offensive line on second-and-5 at the Newberry 36 and put a monstrous hit on Sexton that forced a fumble, which Moyd recovered himself.

The two sides traded punts after that momentum breaker and Newberry distanced itself on the first play of a drive, with Worrell breaking multiple tackles on the way to a 61-yard touchdown scamper on the first play of the drive. The play stands as the longest Newberry play of the season, and Newberry had a 34-14 lead after the missed PAT.

Worrell added his second touchdown of the game with 7:04 left in the fourth quarter from one yard out after the drive started at the Newberry 7-yardline. Worrell got Newberry out of the shadow of its own endzone with a 46-yard carry early in the drive.

The scoring was capped with under four minutes to play with the second string offense in the game. A botched snap was picked up by Fair, who ran 46 yards for the touchdown to provide the final 40-21 scoreline.

Newberry earned 26 total first downs in the contest and ran 84 offensive plays, holding onto the ball for 36:42 compared to Catawba's 23:18. The scarlet and gray were 10-of-18 on third down conversions and 5-of-6 inside the Catawba red zone.

Newberry returns home for only the second time this season next week in a contest that will prove to be vital for a run at the South Atlantic Conference title and an NCAA playoff berth. Newberry hosts Mars Hill (3-2, 1-1 SAC) for Homecoming at Setzler Field at 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 10. Catawba travels to Carson-Newman (4-2, 2-0 SAC). Carson-Newman defeated Mars Hill, 55-28, today.