|September 07, 2013||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|Elizabeth City State||10||0||14||8||32|
|ECSU||FG||06:45||SYMONDS 25 Yd|
|NBY||TD||02:43||Ryan Barnwell 2 Yd Run (Kyle Clark kick)|
|ECSU||TD||00:59||BOONE 14 Yd Run (SYMONDS kick)|
|NBY||TD||06:23||Dureal Elmore 11 Yd Run (Kyle Clark missed kick)|
|NBY||TD||05:41||Wesley Brown 1 Yd Run|
|NBY||TD||03:58||Raleigh Yeldell 14 Yd Run (Ryan Janssen kick)|
|ECSU||TD||03:38||STRICKLAND 71 Yd Pass From TURNER (SYMONDS kick)|
|ECSU||TD||00:38||STRICKLAND 28 Yd Pass From TURNER (SYMONDS kick)|
|NBY||TD||09:48||WT Murden 6 Yd Run (Ryan Janssen kick)|
|ECSU||TD||02:01||BOONE 1 Yd Run|
|Stats at a Glance||NBY||ECSU|
|3rd Down Conversions||5-13||2-12|
|4th Down Conversions||0-1||2-3|
|Passing (Comp-Att)||208 (16-29)||374 (25-40)|
|Rushing (Att)||256 (47)||77 (26)|
ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. - The Newberry Wolves scored five rushing touchdowns on the way to a 35-32 win over the Elizabeth City State Vikings at Roebuck Stadium to open the 100th season of football at Newberry College.
Newberry (1-0) returns home next week to host Florida Tech (1-0) in the home opener. ECSU (0-1) will travel to Tusculum (1-0) next Saturday.
The Wolves racked up 25 first downs and 464 yards of offense, with 256 yards coming on the ground. Six Wolves carried the ball, with five of them recording a touchdown apiece. Of the 47 carries on the night, only three were for negative yardage, with each of those only losing one yard, proving a great push by the offensive line.
Quarterback W.T. Murden (West Columbia, S.C.) gained 94 yards on 14 carries, including what turned out to be the game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter. He completed 16-of-29 passes for 208 yards with two interceptions.
Ryan Barnwell (Goose Creek, S.C.) gained 75 yards on 16 carries with a 2-yard touchdown carry, while Dureal Elmore (Abbeville, S.C.), Raleigh Yeldell (Johnston, S.C.) and Wesley Brown (John's Island, S.C.) all recorded touchdown carries.
Corey Washington (North Charleston, S.C.) caught six passes for 96 yards, including one pass which went to the 1-yardline to set up Brown's score.
For ECSU, the passing game was the highlight, with Casey Turner completing 25-of-40 passes for 374 yards and two touchdowns. The Newberry defense limited the Vikings to 77 yards rushing on three yards per carry, but openings in the secondary led to the majority of the hosts' yardage.
The Vikings opened the scoring on a Brett Symonds 25-yard field goal at the 6:45 mark of the first quarter to cap a drive that ate up six minutes of clock in 13 plays despite only traveling 45 yards. The Wolves took the lead on Barnwell's 2-yard touchdown carry on the next drive after Newberry went 75 yards in 11 plays.
ECSU retook the lead on the next drive after a long kickoff return set up a short field and Petey Boone made it a 10-7 game after a 14-yard touchdown carry.
The Wolves went back in front in the second quarter after an 80-play drive following an ECSU missed field goal attempt. A 44-yard pass from Murden to Byron Dickerson (Stone Mountain, Ga.) got the Wolves into ECSU territory and Elmore put Newberry up 13-10 with an 11-yard scoring carry. The PAT was no good.
That score would carry into halftime and the Wolves grabbed the momentum in the third quarter. After forcing a Viking punt on the half's opening drive, Newberry drove deep into the hosts' territory thanks to a 45-yard pass from Murden to Washington. Jordan McDonnell (Beaufort, S.C.) leapt toward the endzone after a reception, but the officials ruled that he fumbled out of the endzone for a touchback.
ECSU went for a fourth down conversion on fourth-and-2 at their own 28 yardline, but David Davis (Columbia, S.C.) and Lance Clark (Florence, S.C.) stopped Boone at the line to give the Wolves the ball with a short field. Murden's 26-yard pass to Washington set Brown's 1-yard touchdown rush. Murden and Washington also connected on the two-point conversion to make it a 21-10 Wolves lead.
Newberry's defense set up the next score, as Alstevis Squirewell (Great Falls, S.C.) forced a fumble which Brett Borders (Goose Creek, S.C.) recovered at the Viking 24. Yeldell made his collegiate debut and had two carries, with the second one finding paydirt from 14 yards out, giving Newberry a 28-10 advantage.
The Vikings needed just one play to respond, as wide receiver Keith Strickland made one tackler miss on the perimeter before sprinting for a 71-yard touchdown to make it 28-17. Murden was intercepted in Newberry territory on the next drive and Strickland made a diving touchdown catch from 28 yards out to cut the lead to 28-24.
Newberry's next drive ate up 5:54 of clock in the third and fourth quarters, with 13 plays chewing up 89 yards leading to Murden's 6-yard touchdown carry. After the PAT, Newberry led 35-24.
ECSU missed a long field goal on its next drive but forced the Wolves to punt. Turner completed three passes for first downs before Boone punched it in from a yard out with 1:57 to play. Turner found Laray Kindred in the endzone for two points to cut Newberry's lead to just 35-32.
The Vikings were penalized for illegal touching on their first attempt at the onside kick, and Newberry's James Anderson (Clinton, S.C.) recovered the second attempt, allowing the Wolves to run out the clock and go home with a win.
Defensively, Newberry was led by nine tackles from Taylor McDonnell (Beaufort, S.C.) and seven tackles with three for a loss from Edmond Robinson (Wadmalaw Island, S.C.). Squirewell's sack of Turner was the only sack for either team on the night.