|September 03, 2011||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|NGU||TD||14:48||N. Rosamonda (J. Gravely kick)|
|NEW||FG||11:38||Nick Kinney 36 Yd|
|NGU||TD||00:36||H. Small 5 Yd Pass From W. Korn (J. Gravely kick)|
|NGU||TD||00:17||S. Wright 39 Yd Pass From W. Korn (J. Gravely kick)|
|NGU||TD||12:15||T. Rucker 38 Yd Run (J. Gravely kick)|
|NGU||TD||09:58||F. Martino Jr 21 Yd Pass From W. Korn (J. Gravely missed kick)|
|NGU||FG||02:47||J. Gravely 25 Yd|
|NEW||TD||11:35||Arterio Arnold (Nick Kinney kick)|
|NEW||TD||07:49||Alkeem Sherman 1 Yd Run (Nick Kinney kick)|
|NGU||TD||01:42||M. Wilson 2 Yd Run (J. Gravely kick)|
|Stats at a Glance||NGU||NEW|
|3rd Down Conversions||6-13||7-17|
|4th Down Conversions||2-3||1-4|
|Passing (Comp-Att)||186 (12-20)||104 (14-38)|
|Rushing (Att)||273 (53)||97 (32)|
NEWBERRY, S.C. - The Newberry College Wolves football squad lost their season opening game at home to North Greenville, 46-17, at Setzler Field on Saturday night.
Newberry (0-1) must recover from the loss quickly, as the Wolves travel to south Georgia to take on No. 20 Valdosta State in a regionally televised game. The game will kick off at 7 p.m. Thursday on CSS and other GSC-TV affiliates. North Greenville (1-0) travels to Presbyterian next week.
NGU controlled the clock on offense, with 35:44 of possession to Newberry's 24:14, allowing the Crusaders to pick up 273 rushing yards and a total of 459 yards. Newberry managed just 201 yards of offense.
For the Wolves, running back John Gadson (North Charleston, S.C.) carried the ball 17 times for 65 yards in his collegiate debut. Bryan Ehrlich (San Antonio, Texas) completed 14-of-38 passes for 104 yards, but was picked off four times.
Preseason All-American defensive end Arterio Arnold (Greenville, S.C.) returned a fumble three yards for his first career touchdown, forced a fumble and had six total tackles, while Apollo Stretch (Columbia, S.C.) led all players with 12 total tackles.
The game got off to an inauspicious start for Newberry, who took the field with high levels of enthusiasm, but Ehrlich's pass on the first play from scrimmage was tipped up into the air and intercepted by North Greenville safety Nick Rosamonda (Debary, Fla.), who returned it for a touchdown to give the Crusaders an early 7-0 lead.
Newberry responded well though, as Gadson carried the ball 28 yards on his first touch to start off an eight-play, 39-yard drive which was capped off by a 36-yard Nick Kinney (Goose Creek, S.C.) field goal to make it 7-3.
North Greenville's offense proceeded to put together long drives of 12, six and 16 plays, but the Wolves' defense held tight and did not allow a score on any of those. A missed field goal, an NGU punt and a goal line stand inside the Newberry 1-yardline kept the score at 7-3 until there were less than two minutes left in the first half.
The Crusaders then went on a six-play, 38-yard drive which ended with a touchdown pass from Willy Korn (Lyman, S.C.) to Harold Small (Brunswick, Ga.) from five yards out to make it 14-3 with 36 seconds left on the clock.
Newberry tried to strike quickly before the end of the half, but Ehrlich's pass on the first play was intercepted by Jereme Green (Debary, Fla.), and Korn found Sean Wright (Simpsonville, S.C.) for a 39-yard touchdown pass on the next play to give NGU a sudden 21-3 halftime lead.
The Crusaders received the opening kickoff and extended the lead quickly on a 38-yard option touchdown run by Teryan Rucker (Gainesville, Ga.) less than three minutes into the second half to make it 28-3. Ehrlich was picked off once again on third down, and NGU needed just four plays to make it 34-3 after a Korn 21-yard touchdown pass to Freddie Martino (North, S.C.).
After a Newberry punt, NGU drove into Newberry territory again, but Eli Charles (Green Cove Springs, Fla.) fell on a fumble to give the Wolves the ball. Unfortunately, things got worse in the quarter, as a poor snap on a punt attempt went into the endzone for an NGU safety to make it 36-3 in the Crusaders' favor. A Justin Gravely (Pickens, S.C.) 25-yard field goal would make NGU's lead 39-3 by the end of the period.
Things started to look up in the fourth quarter for the Wolves. Ehrlich was intercepted on a fourth down play at the Newberry 2-yardline, and with the Crusaders pinned near their own endzone, Brandon McCall (Sumter, S.C.) forced a fumble in the backfield which Arnold recovered and went three yards into the endzone for the touchdown to make it 39-10.
Newberry's Brandon Miller (Manning, S.C.) intercepted backup quarterback Aaron Siegler (Jacksonville, Fla.) at the NGU 43-yardline and Newberry marched 43 yards downfield in eight plays and made it 39-17 on an Alkeem Sherman (Conway, S.C.) 1-yard touchdown run.
NGU capped the night's scoring with a nine-play, 72-yard drive ended by a Marcus Wilson (Macon, Ga.) 2-yard touchdown run.