September 06, 20141st2nd3rd4thFinal
Charleston So.770216
1st Quarter
NBYFG03:30Clark 20 Yd
2nd Quarter
CSUTD14:07DINKINS 20 Yd Pass From BROWN (KENNEDY kick)
4th Quarter
NBYTD07:40Swindler 62 Yd Pass From Murden (Clark kick)
Stats at a GlanceNBYCSU
1st Downs1211
3rd Down Conversions5-156-15
4th Down Conversions1-20-0
Passing (Comp-Att)174 (17-28) 176 (10-18)
Rushing (Att)49 (34) 85 (38)
Total Yards223261
Fumbles Lost10
Wolves edged at Charleston Southern, 16-10
Sharon Irwin (29) and Martinez Gallman (23) celebrate following Irwin's interception in the third quarter

Wolves edged at Charleston Southern, 16-10
Saturday, September 6, 2014 | by Josh Manck, Assistant AD for Athletic Communications

NORTH CHARLESTON – The Newberry Wolves and Charleston Southern Buccaneers engaged in a defensive battle at Buccaneer Field on Saturday night, with the hosts scrapping out a 16-10 win.

Two long touchdown passes from Charleston Southern in the first half gave the Division I-FCS team all the offense they would need, as the Division II Wolves suffered from a series of penalties and negative plays pushing the scarlet and gray backwards.

Newberry’s defense pressured the CSU quarterback on the hosts’ opening offensive play, but were just a touch too late as Austin Brown found Jared Scotland for a 52-yard touchdown with 13:19 left in the opening quarter.

All-conference kicker Kyle Clark put Newberry’s first points on the board with 3:30 left in the opening stanza, as he booted a 20-yard field goal to cap a 12-play, 51-yard drive. The field goal narrowed the deficit to 7-3.

A long completion on third-and-9 for the Bucs on their next drive set up a 20-yard touchdown pass from Brown to Kenny Dinkins, pushing the CSU advantage to 14-3 at the 14:07. That score would stand at halftime.

The halftime break seemed to invigorate both defenses, as the teams combined for one first down (by Newberry on the next-to-last play of the quarter), 32 yards of offense and three punts. Sharon Irwin grabbed a diving interception near midfield for the Wolves on the opening drive of the half, but the scarlet and gray could do nothing with it.

The Wolves drove into CSU territory as the clock flipped to the fourth quarter, but a hard-hitting Buc defense recovered a fumble inside its own 10.

Newberry forced another punt and were facing 3rd-and-21 when W.T. Murden found Jackson Swindler on a short route. Swindler broke loose and scampered to the end zone from 62 yards out, cutting the lead to 14-10 with 7:40 to go.

CSU went three-and-out and punted to the Newberry 6, but the Bucs were awarded a safety on a questionable intentional grounding penalty in the endzone.

The Wolves got the ball back with 2:45 remaining and got one first down, but the comeback effort could not be completed.

Newberry’s defense allowed only six yards of offense on 12 Charleston Southern plays, keeping the scarlet and gray in the contest.

Newberry committed eight penalties. None of those were on the defense. One was on a delay of game to set up a field position punt. The other seven were for false starts, six of which were committed at right guard.

- Newberry had 12 first downs to 11 for CSU. The Bucs had 261 yards of offense to Newberry’s 229.
- Both teams had issues running the ball. CSU averaged 2.2 yards per carry, while the Wolves averaged 1.7 yards per carry.
- Cliff Jones led Newberry in rushing with 32 yards on six carries. Swindler was the leading receiver with 99 yards on four catches.
- Goose Creek native Dontavia Reid led all players with eight tackles. Jaquille Oden had Newberry’s only sack.

“We earned some respect tonight. That team won 10 games last season and I don’t think anyone gave us a chance tonight. We were in it until the very end, and this prepares us for the rest of the season. We’ve got a chance to win a lot of games with this team.” – Newberry head coach Todd Knight

Newberry hosts first-year program Limestone (0-1) in the Wolves’ home opener on Saturday, September 13, with kickoff set for 6 p.m.