|September 28, 2013||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|NBY||TD||09:34||WT Murden 1 Yd Run (Kyle Clark kick)|
|NBY||TD||07:23||C. Washington 49 Yd Pass From WT Murden (Kyle Clark kick)|
|MHU||TD||04:11||Jeremy Hughes 18 Yd Pass From Zach Lappin (Victor Yurco kick)|
|NBY||FG||00:00||Kyle Clark 40 Yd|
|NBY||TD||12:14||Romelo Doctor 2 Yd Run (Kyle Clark kick)|
|MHU||FG||04:48||Victor Yurco 25 Yd|
|Stats at a Glance||MHU||NBY|
|3rd Down Conversions||7-14||4-13|
|4th Down Conversions||1-3||1-1|
|Passing (Comp-Att)||184 (16-30)||182 (10-16)|
|Rushing (Att)||177 (38)||89 (44)|
NEWBERRY - The Newberry Wolves forced four Mars Hill turnovers on the way to an emphatic 24-10 win at Setzler Field on Saturday night.
With the win, Newberry moves to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the South Atlantic Conference for the second straight year. Mars Hill is now 1-3 overall and 0-1 in the league. The Wolves snapped a five-year losing streak against MHU.
Newberry travels to Wingate (1-2, 0-1 SAC) for a 1:30 p.m. kickoff next Saturday, while Mars Hill hosts Carson-Newman.
Cornerback Brice Green (Irmo, S.C.) had two interceptions, including one in the endzone in the fourth quarter, while David Davis (Columbia, S.C.) also had a pick.
Quarterback W.T. Murden (West Columbia, S.C.) completed 10-of-14 passes for 182 yards and a 49-yard touchdown pass to Corey Washington (North Charleston, S.C.), while also rushing for a 1-yard touchdown.
Romelo Doctor (Summerville, S.C.) carried the ball 11 times for 42 yards and a touchdown.
Edmond Robinson (Wadmalaw Island, S.C.) led Newberry with seven tackles, including a sack that also resulted in a fumble.
Reigning SAC special teams player of the week Kyle Clark (Beaufort, S.C.) had a 40-yard field goal and averaged 44.8 yards per punt, with a long of 71 yards and two over 50 yards.
The Wolves opened the scoring on the first drive of the game, as a Murden pass to Jordan McDonnell (Bluffton, S.C.) for 21 yards put the hosts in Mars Hill territory. Murden plunged in from one yard out with 9:34 left in the quarter to put Newberry up 7-0.
On Mars Hill's first drive of the second quarter, the Lions drove down all the way to the Newberry 2-yardline thanks to a 36-yard pass from Zach Lappin to Dimitri Holmes, but a bad exchange on the handoff on the next play led to a fumble, which was recovered by Greg Bloome (Neeses, S.C.) for Newberry.
Newberry was held to a three-and-out deep in Mars Hill territory, but reigning SAC special teams player of the week Clark boomed a 71-yard punt to flip the field and the momentum.
Green made his first pick of the night on the second play of the ensuing drive and just four plays after that, Murden found a wide open Washington for a 49-yard touchdown score to make it 14-0.
Mars Hill put together its first scoring drive of the evening on the next possession, with Lappin's 18-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Hughes at the 4:11 mark making it 14-7.
The Lions were scheduled to get the opening kickoff of the second half, making Newberry's last possession of the first half a crucial one.
The Wolves executed well, with Murden completing passes to Byron Dickerson (Atlanta, Ga.) and Jalen Cook (Lexington, S.C.) for first downs. In field goal territory, Clark hammered a 40-yard field goal with room to spare as time expired, making it a 17-7 halftime lead.
Jason Livingston (Conway, S.C.) came into the game noted as one of the top punt returners in the nation and made his presence known after Mars Hill was held to a three-and-out on its first drive. Livingston's 18-yard punt return put Newberry at the Mars Hill 30 and after Murden found McDonnell for a 24-yard completion, Doctor punched in the score from two yards out to make it 24-7.
Mars Hill chewed up yardage in bits and chunks on a 16-play, 63-yard drive but had to settle for Victor Yurco's 25-yard field goal with 4:48 left in the third quarter, which made the score 24-10.
Newberry's defense held on in key situations in the fourth quarter to seal the win. The Lions went for it on a fourth-and-1 at the Wolves' 20 and a pass was dropped. On MHU's next drive, the Lions converted on a fourth down play with a fake punt, but Davis would intercept a pass at the Newberry 6. After another failed fourth down conversion for MHU, the Lions' final drive ended on Green's diving pick in the endzone.
Mars Hill outgained Newberry 361-271 and sacked Murden six times, but Newberry ran only 20 offensive plays in the second half. MHU's 177 rushing yards are the most this season by a Newberry opponent, led by 154 yards on 31 carries from Shaikel Davis. Lappin completed 16-of-30 passes for 184 yards, a touchdown and three picks.