|November 23, 2013||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|C-N||TD||08:29||De'Andre Thomas 1 Yd Run (Curt Duncan kick)|
|C-N||TD||04:34||TraShaun Ward 35 Yd Pass From De'Andre Thomas (Curt Duncan kick)|
|C-N||TD||12:55||De'Andre Thomas 2 Yd Run (Curt Duncan kick)|
|NBY||TD||12:43||C. Washington (Kyle Clark kick)|
|NBY||TD||04:01||C. Washington 60 Yd Pass From WT Murden (Kyle Clark kick)|
|C-N||FG||00:41||Curt Duncan 29 Yd|
|C-N||TD||05:24||De'Andre Thomas 1 Yd Run|
|NBY||TD||13:32||Raleigh Yeldell 20 Yd Run|
|C-N||TD||08:08||Brandon Baker 13 Yd Run (Curt Duncan kick)|
|NBY||TD||07:55||C. Washington (Kyle Clark kick)|
|Stats at a Glance||NBY||C-N|
|3rd Down Conversions||6-15||10-19|
|4th Down Conversions||0-3||1-1|
|Passing (Comp-Att)||225 (17-34)||205 (9-19)|
|Rushing (Att)||116 (32)||339 (70)|
JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. - Despite a spectacular day from senior receiver Corey Washington, the Newberry Wolves saw the 2013 football season come to an end with a 37-27 loss to the Carson-Newman Eagles in the first round of the NCAA Division II Playoffs at Burke-Tarr Stadium on Saturday.
Newberry ends its 100th season of football with a 9-3 record, while Carson-Newman is 10-2 and moves on to the regional semifinal against Lenoir-Rhyne next weekend.
Washington (North Charleston, S.C.) had kickoff returns of 82 and 95 yards for touchdowns, marking the first time since 2010 the Wolves had a kickoff returned for a touchdown. Washington also had a 60-yard touchdown reception and totalled 267 all-purpose yards.
Unfortunately for the Wolves, this trip to Mossy Creek started similarly to the trip in the regular season two weeks ago, as the Eagles jumped out to a 21-0 lead as Newberry's first three drives ended on punts and a failed fourth down conversion.
Washington's first kickoff return kickstarted the Wolves' momentum, as after the teams traded punts, W.T. Murden (West Columbia, S.C.) found the senior all-SAC receiver for a 60-yard scoring strike on the first play of a drive to get the Wolves to within 21-14 with four minutes left in the first half.
Carson-Newman's Curt Duncan made a 29-yard field goal late in the half and Newberry drove into C-N territory before a sack ended the drive and the half with the Eagles leading 24-14.
The Eagles drove down the field on the first drive of the second half before Brice Green (Irmo, S.C.) blocked a field goal attempt. Newberry once again drove into C-N territory, but just outside field goal range and punted again.
A long pass play on the first play of the following drive set the Eagles up for another touchdown, but a poor snap on the PAT attempt left it a two-score game at 30-14.
Raleigh Yeldell (Johnston, S.C.) led the Wolves down the field on a drive which spanned into the fourth quarter and turned a tough second-and-goal from the C-N 20-yardline into a touchdown sprint. The two-point conversion attempt failed to leave the score at 30-20 with 13:32 to go.
The Wolves' defense held the Eagles to a punt, but Newberry's next drive fizzled near midfield and a fourth down attempt failed. Carson-Newman needed just six plays to score from there, pushing the lead to 37-20.
Washington ensured the Wolves' chances were not dead yet though, taking the kickoff 95 yards to the house, cutting the lead to 37-27 with just under eight minutes to play.
The Wolves forced Carson-Newman to punt again, but the Newberry drive once again stalled at midfield, with another fourth down chance failing.
Newberry's defense did its job once again, forcing an Eagles' punt, but an attempted fair catch was muffed and recovered by the hosts to ends the Wolves' hopes of a comeback.
The Carson-Newman offense's efficiency was remarkable, running 89 plays for 544 yards, while Newberry ran only 66 plays for 341 yards.
Yeldell completed 9-of-16 passes for 95 yards and was the Wolves' leading rusher with 11 carries for 89 yards and a score. Murden completed 8-of-18 passes for 130 yards and a score, but was sacked five times.
Defensively, Arnez Gray (Greenwood, S.C.) and Jalen Hunter (Seneca, S.C.) led the Wolves with 13 tackles apiece, while Dominique Walker (Rock Hill, S.C.) had 10 stops. Alstevis Squirewell (Great Falls, S.C.) and Jamal Bethune (Gable, S.C.) each recorded sacks.