|September 13, 2014||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|LC||TD||06:37||Merriweather 6 Yd Run (Ray kick)|
|NBY||TD||13:52||Edmunds 29 Yd Pass From Murden (Clark kick)|
|NBY||TD||00:35||Cook 32 Yd Pass From Murden (Clark kick)|
|NBY||TD||10:42||Murden 13 Yd Run (Clark kick)|
|LC||TD||06:19||Harkness 41 Yd Run (Ray missed kick)|
|NBY||TD||04:56||Murden 11 Yd Run (Clark kick)|
|NBY||TD||02:16||Elmore 2 Yd Run (Clark kick)|
|NBY||TD||01:31||Edmunds 16 Yd Pass From Blair (Foster kick)|
|NBY||TD||13:10||Doctor 2 Yd Run (Foster kick)|
|NBY||TD||08:36||Doctor 2 Yd Run (Foster kick)|
|NBY||TD||06:14||Staggers 18 Yd Run (Foster kick)|
|LC||TD||03:38||Merriweather 25 Yd Run (Ray kick)|
|NBY||TD||00:34||Miller 8 Yd Run (Clark kick)|
|Stats at a Glance||LC||NBY|
|3rd Down Conversions||3-15||5-14|
|4th Down Conversions||1-2||4-4|
|Passing (Comp-Att)||150 (21-37)||187 (16-30)|
|Rushing (Att)||201 (42)||309 (51)|
NEWBERRY – After the start of Saturday’s game was delayed by nearly four hours due to lightning, both the Newberry Wolves and the Limestone Saints struggled in the opening half. Newberry had no such issues in the second half, rolling to a 70-20 victory at Setzler Field early Sunday morning.
Newberry moves to 1-1 on the season, establishing a new school record for points in a game, breaking a record which stood since a 69-0 victory over Erskine in 1915. Limestone is now 0-2 in its inaugural football season.
The Saints actually got on the board first, as the Wolves fumbled at their own 16-yardline on a botched snap. Three plays later, Limestone’s Bernard Merriweather scored on a 6-yard carry to give the guests a 7-0 lead with 6:37 left in the opening quarter.
Newberry linebacker A.J. Booker snagged an interception deep in Limestone territory on the second play of the second quarter and the Wolves needed just one play to put their first points on the board. W.T. Murden found tight end Zach Edmunds open for a 29-yard touchdown with 13:52 left in the half.
The Wolves and Saints each missed a field goal chance and the hosts took a 14-7 lead into the locker room on Murden’s 32-yard touchdown strike to Jalen Cook with 35 seconds remaining in the period.
Newberry forced a Limestone punt on the first drive of the third quarter then started its second half scoring barrage. Murden scored on a 13-yard keeper with 10:42 left in the third to push the advantage to 21-7.
Limestone quarterback Matthew Harkness executed a read play to perfection for a 41-yard touchdown with 6:19 left, cutting the lead to 21-13 after Martinez Gallman blocked the PAT.
Newberry would proceed to score a touchdown for every drive the rest of Saturday night, on in to Sunday morning.
A four-play, 64-yard drive ended on Murden’s second quarterback keeper score of the night. Booker’s second interception of the night set up a Dureal Elmore 2-yard touchdown carry.
Jimmy Holmes recovered a fumble, which was converted into Zach Blair’s 16-yard touchdown pass to Edmunds, making the lead 42-13 by the end of the third quarter.
The Saints’ hand was forced, and they turned the ball over to Newberry on downs as the calendar rolled to Sunday morning. Romelo Doctor had touchdown carries from 2 yards out on consecutive drives.
Lance Richardson snagged Newberry’s third interception of the night, which led to Baptiste Staggers scoring a 16-yard rushing touchdown on his first collegiate touch.
After the Saints finished their scoring with Merriweather’s 25-yard touchdown, Newberry set its new school record of 70 points in a game on an 8-yard Kevin Miller rushing touchdown with 34 seconds left.
STATS OF THE NIGHT
- Murden went 14-of-25 passing for 163 yards and two touchdowns, while also carrying the ball 10 times for 25 yards and 2 touchdowns.
- Nine Newberry ball carriers had 51 carries for 309 yards and 7 touchdowns on the ground.
- Edmunds had 3 catches for 51 yards and 2 scores, while Braxton Ivery had 5 catches for 60 yards.
- Alstevis Squirewell led Newberry with 9 tackles, including 4 tackles for loss. Richardson had 8 tackles, the interception and a forced fumble.
- Newberry had 32 first downs and 496 yards of offense, with 22 first downs in the second half.
Newberry hosts Catawba (1-1) in both team’s South Atlantic Conference opener. The game is set to kick off at 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 20, as part of Newberry’s Family Weekend festivities. Lightning is not invited to Family Weekend. Limestone hosts College of Faith that day as well.