|September 17, 2011||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|CAT||FG||14:12||T.Trexler 24 Yd|
|NEW||TD||11:06||J. Livingston 22 Yd Pass From Bryan Ehrlich (Nick Kinney kick)|
|NEW||TD||06:19||Brandon Bostick 8 Yd Pass From Bryan Ehrlich (Nick Kinney kick)|
|CAT||FG||01:41||T.Trexler 28 Yd|
|CAT||TD||09:59||N.Charest 67 Yd Pass From J.Charest (T.Trexler kick)|
|NEW||TD||05:13||Brandon Bostick 10 Yd Pass From Bryan Ehrlich (Nick Kinney kick)|
|Stats at a Glance||NEW||CAT|
|3rd Down Conversions||4-16||3-17|
|4th Down Conversions||0-2||0-1|
|Passing (Comp-Att)||213 (20-35)||254 (14-33)|
|Rushing (Att)||80 (32)||44 (35)|
SALISBURY, N.C. - The Newberry College defense held strong in tough situations and Bryan Ehrlich threw three touchdown passes to lead the Wolves to a 21-13 win in the South Atlantic Conference opener for both teams.
Newberry (1-2 overall, 1-0 SAC) allowed a few big plays, but made stops in clutch situations, as Catawba (0-3, 0-1 SAC) missed its last three field goal attempts, including a blocked field goal by Kelton Hall (Clinton, S.C.).
The Wolves defense also made four sacks in the game and 14 tackles for a loss. Apollo Stretch (Columbia, S.C.) made eight tackles, while Hall made seven with a sack, two tackles for loss and the blocked kick.
Ehrlich completed 19-of-33 passes for 211 yards with three touchdowns and an interception. Brandon Bostick (Florence, S.C.) caught five passes for 87 yards and two touchdowns, while Jason Livingston (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) caught five passes for 93 yards and a touchdown.
Newberry ran for 80 yards on the Catawba defense, which was ranked first in the nation in rushing defense entering the game. Alkeem Sherman (Conway, S.C.) carried the ball 18 times for 45 yards.
Punter JoJo Morris (Lancaster, S.C.) had a great night helping the Wolves win the field position battle, with an average of 42.9 yards on nine punts.
Catawba quarterback Jacob Charest (Charlotte, N.C.) completed 14-of-33 for 254 yards, a touchdown and an interception. The majority of his passes to brother Nate Charest (Charlotte, N.C.), who caught six passes for 172 yards and a 67-yard touchdown, which is Catawba's only touchdown of the season to this point.
Neither team was able to put points on the board in the opening quarter, but Catawba forced a Sherman fumble at the Newberry 11-yardline. The Wolves only allowed four yards on the ensuing drive, and Thomas Trexler (Wilmington, N.C.) connected on a 24-yard field goal to put Catawba up, 3-0, with 14:13 left in the half.
After the two teams traded punts, Ehrlich connected with Livingston for a 22-yard touchdown to make it 7-3 in Newberry's favor with 11:06 left in the half.
A Catawba went three-and-out, a crazy play helped Newberry get into position to score. Ehrlich passed to Livingston, who fumbled, but Bostick picked up the ball and ran 49 yards down to the Catawba 27-yardline. Five plays later, Ehrlich found Bostick again for an 8-yard touchdown pass to make it 14-3 with 6:19 left in the half.
Catawba was able to drive to the Newberry 11-yardline late in the half, and a 28-yard Trexler field goal would narrow Newberry's lead to 14-6 at the half.
On the opening drive of the second half, the Charest brothers hooked up for a 57-yard pass play on the first play, but Hall blocked a field goal to keep the score level. Newberry went three-and-out , and the Charest brothers hooked up again, this time a 67-yard touchdown pass to make it 14-13 with Newberry ahead.
Both teams missed opportunities later in the quarter, as Ehrlich threw an interception and Trexler missed a 47-yard field goal wide left.
The teams continued to trade punts as the game went into the fourth quarter, and a Trexler kicked wide left from 48 yards out, keeping Newberry ahead.
On the ensuing drive, Ehrlich went 5-for-6 passing, ending the drive with a 10-yard touchdown pass to Bostick to put Newberry up 21-13 with 5:13 to go.
Charest led Catawba down to the Newberry 11-yardline in four plays to put the hosts in scoring position, but David Davis (Columbia, S.C.) intercepted his pass to the endzone to cut the drive short.
Another Newberry punt gave Catawba one last chance to score, but on fourth down, Brandon McCall (Sumter, S.C.) forced a fumble which was recovered by Deandre Richburg (Moncks Corner, S.C.) to seal the Wolves' first win of the season.
Newberry moves on to its third consecutive road game, facing off against Carson-Newman (2-1, 0-1 SAC). Kickoff in Jefferson City, Tenn., is set for 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 24.