|November 07, 2009||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|NEW||TD||11:37||A. Moyd (B. Blackmon kick)|
|BC||FG||01:46||C. Henry 32 Yd|
|NEW||TD||00:01||D. Smith 10 Yd Pass From B. Gantt (B. Blackmon kick)|
|NEW||TD||14:19||D. Brown 17 Yd Pass From B. Gantt (B. Blackmon kick)|
|NEW||TD||03:59||SJ Worrell 16 Yd Run (N. Toole kick)|
|Stats at a Glance||BC||NEW|
|3rd Down Conversions||1-12||1-9|
|4th Down Conversions||1-2||1-3|
|Passing (Comp-Att)||67 (2-7)||173 (13-24)|
|Rushing (Att)||149 (49)||218 (37)|
NEWBERRY, S.C. - The Newberry College football team closed out the 2009 season with a 28-3 victory over visiting Brevard College at Setzler Field on Saturday. Newberry finishes the season at 6-4 overall and 4-3 in South Atlantic Conference play, while Brevard ends the year at 7-4 overall and 3-4 in the SAC.
Brandon Gantt (Lexington, S.C.) closed out his stellar senior season by completing 13-of-23 passes for 173 yards and two touchdowns. David Smith (Union, S.C.) had four catches for 77 yards and a 10-yard touchdown in the second quarter, while David Brown (Goose Creek, S.C.) had four receptions for 67 yards and a 17-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Senior running back S.J. Worrell (Madison, Ga.) had 12 carries for 54 yards and a 16-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, while Gerald Legree (St. Helena Island, S.C.) closed out his career with 13 carries for 84 yards. Gantt also carried the ball seven times for 58 yards and was not sacked.
Defensively, senior captain Andre Moyd (Andrews, S.C.) got the scoring started in the second quarter when he returned a fumble 34 yards for a touchdown. Senior cornerback Antonio Patton (Woodruff, S.C.) tied for the team lead in tackles with seven stops including two for a loss, while junior safety Ron Parker (St. Helena Island, S.C.) had seven tackles with three for a loss and a forced fumble. Marcus Nelums (Columbia, S.C.) had a fumble recovery and Brian Spencer (Columbia, S.C.) picked off a Brevard pass in the end zone.
Newberry has now defeated Brevard in all four meetings between the two schools and has not allowed a touchdown to the Tornados. The win and 6-4 record gives Newberry its fifth straight winning season, which is the longest stretch of winning seasons for the scarlet and gray since seven straight from 1953-1959 under head coach Harvey Kirkland.
Head coach Todd Knight becomes the first Newberry head coach to have a winning season in his first campaign since Reed Charpia led the Indians to a 7-3 record in 1978. Gantt ends his career ranked fifth in Newberry history in career total offense with 4,384 yards. He is sixth in career passing yardage (3,616) and seventh in touchdown passes (20). Senior receiver Kelton Tindal (Sumter, S.C.) ended his career just two yards short of a milestone with 1,998 career receiving yards.
Neither team was particularly effective in the opening quarter of play, with Newberry failing on a fourth-down conversion on the opening drive and fumbling at the Brevard 1-yardline. Newberry failed on fourth down again on its first possession of the second half before Moyd turned the tables.
Brevard quarterback Michael Crumbaker and fullback Derek Church could not exchange the handoff and Moyd scooped up the fumble and sprinted to the end zone untouched to give Newberry the early 7-0 lead. Nelums recovered a fumble near midfield just three plays into the next drive, but Newberry could not convert the turnover into points.
BC took the ball at its own 20 on the touchback from the punt and went 64 yards in 11 plays, putting its only points of the evening on the board on Chase Henry's 32-yard field goal.
On the next drive, Newberry only needed 1:40 to go 78 yards down the field in seven plays to paydirt. The scoring pass from Gantt-to-Smith was set up by a spectacular leaping catch by Smith at the BC 10 with 8 seconds remaining in the half. The scoring pass with 1.2 seconds remaining made it a 14-3 halftime lead.
Brevard had the best drive of the third quarter, but Spencer's interception in the corner of the end zone kept the Tornados off of the board after a 10-play drive. Newberry kept that momentum going into the fourth quarter and Gantt connected with Brown from 17 yards out to make it a 21-3 game. Worrell's 16-yard touchdown carry with four minutes left capped the scoring and sealed the victory for the hosts.
Prior to the game, Newberry honored the careers of 23 seniors: Erik Barber (Prosperity, S.C.), David Brown (Goose Creek, S.C.), Jamell Gaines (Rock Hill, S.C.), Brandon Gantt (Lexington, S.C.), Kendall Glenn (Duncan, S.C.), Eric Goode (Chesnee, S.C.), Justin Greene (Irmo, S.C.), Alonzo Henry (Marietta, Ga.), Andrew Koszela (Knoxville, Tenn.), Gerald Legree (St. Helena Island, S.C.), Ryan McClain (Charleston, S.C.), James McLamore (Irmo, S.C.), Todd Moon (Anderson, S.C.), Andre Moyd (Andrews, S.C.), Marcus Nelums (Columbia, S.C.), Antonio Patton (Woodruff, S.C.), Hamilton Sims (Tucker, Ga.), David Smith (Union, S.C.), Bret Story (Cowpens, S.C.), Kelton Tindal (Sumter, S.C.), Nick Toole (Barnwell, S.C.), S.J. Worrell (Madison, Ga.) and Andre Young (North Augusta, S.C.).