September 27, 20141st2nd3rd4thFinal
Newberry0714829
Mars Hill71471038
Scoring
1st Quarter
MHUTD08:02Holmes 12 Yd Pass From Miller (Stewart kick)
2nd Quarter
MHUTD12:09Holmes 11 Yd Pass From Miller (Stewart kick)
NBYTD04:59Murden 1 Yd Run (Clark kick)
MHUTD04:44Holmes (Stewart kick)
3rd Quarter
NBYTD09:32Doctor 34 Yd Run (Clark missed kick)
NBYTD04:37Cook 29 Yd Pass From Murden
MHUTD03:39Taylor 67 Yd Pass From Holmes (Stewart kick)
4th Quarter
MHUFG14:48Stewart 20 Yd
MHUTD10:05Allen 6 Yd Pass From Miller (Stewart kick)
NBYTD00:54Watson 6 Yd Pass From Murden
Stats at a GlanceNBYMHU
1st Downs1817
3rd Down Conversions4-146-14
4th Down Conversions1-32-2
Passing (Comp-Att)147 (18-28) 138 (10-19)
Rushing (Att)162 (38) 165 (51)
Total Yards309303
Penalties4-3012-93
Turnovers31
Fumbles Lost11
Interceptions20
Possession25:4434:16
Wolves' comeback negated by turnovers in 38-29 loss at Mars Hill


Wolves' comeback negated by turnovers in 38-29 loss at Mars Hill
Saturday, September 27, 2014 | by Josh Manck, Assistant AD for Athletic Communications

MARS HILL, N.C. – The Newberry Wolves mounted a comeback to eliminate a halftime deficit, but 17 straight points from the Mars Hill Lions handed the Wolves their second straight defeat by a 38-29 score.

Newberry is now 1-3 overall and 0-2 in South Atlantic Conference play, while Mars Hill is 1-2 and 1-0 in the league.

Mars Hill’s Dimitri Holmes individually staked the hosts out to a 21-7 halftime lead with two touchdown receptions and a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

Newberry’s only score in the opening 30 minutes came on a 1-yard plunge by quarterback W.T. Murden with five minutes left in the second quarter. That capped a 10-play drive which was the Wolves’ best drive of the half.

The second half started out much better for the scarlet and gray, as Kevin Miller returned a punt 44 yards to set up a 34-yard rushing touchdown by Romelo Doctor on Newberry’s first offensive play of the half. The PAT went wide right to make it 21-13.

A Wolves punt was downed at the 1-yardline, with MHU’s ensuing punt establishing excellent field position for Newberry. The Wolves needed just two plays to find paydirt, with Murden connecting with Jalen Cook for a 29-yard scoring play. Ryan Barnwell rushed for the two-point conversion, tying the game at 21-all with 4:37 left in the third quarter.

Mars Hill immediately stole momentum back, as two plays later, the ever-present Holmes took an end around, then passed to Keshaun Taylor for a 67-yard touchdown.

On Newberry’s next drive, a third down snap went over Murden’s head, with MHU defensive lineman Jasper Mason recovering and advancing to the Newberry 8. As the clock rolled to the fourth quarter, Newberry held the Lions to a 20-yard field goal, making it a 31-21 contest.

The turnover bug bit the Wolves again, as Murden’s pass was intercepted near midfield by Raheam Buxton. Eight plays later, Lions’ signal caller Trent Miller went against the grain and tight end Lyle Allen made a one-handed touchdown grab from six yards out, putting the game away.

Newberry had its next drive end near midfield in a punting situation, but did manage to put one more score on the board, as Murden completed a 6-yard touchdown pass to Cole Watson with 54 seconds remaining. Watson passed to Byron Dickerson for a two-point conversion to narrow the deficit to nine, but the onside kick was recovered by MHU to quash any hope of a Newberry comeback.

PLAY OF THE GAME
Newberry – Kevin Miller returns the opening punt in the third quarter 44 yards, giving MHU minus-1 net on the punt and setting up Romelo Doctor’s touchdown carry
Mars Hill – Holmes’ 95-yard kickoff return for a score and his third quarter touchdown pass took momentum back from Newberry immediately after Wolves scores

A LOOK INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Newberry actually out-gained the Lions 309-303 and had 18 first downs to MHU’s 17.
- Murden was 18-of-26 passing for 147 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions
- Doctor was the leading rusher for the Wolves with 71 yards on seven carries, including the 34-yard touchdown carry in the third quarter.
- Newberry’s defense spent the most time on the field, as Mars Hill ran 70 plays to the Wolves’ 66. Last week, Newberry ran 91 plays.
- The defense found itself in the Mars Hill backfield plenty of times, with nine tackles for loss, two sacks and two quarterback hurries.
- Dontavia Reid led the Wolves with nine tackles and a TFL, while Alstevis Squirewell was a man on a mission with eight tackles, half a sack, three tackles for loss, a pass breakup and two quarterback hurries.
- Turnovers were the true key to the game, as the Wolves lost that battle 3 to 1. All four turnovers in the contest led to a score, with Mars Hill putting up 17 points off of turnovers in a nine-point game.
- After last week’s flag fest against Catawba, Newberry was only whistled for four penalties at a loss of 30 yards.
- Newberry went for it on fourth down three times from short distance in the first half, going 1-for-3. Both failed attempts required an official’s measurement.

UP NEXT FOR THE WOLVES
Newberry hosts Wingate on Saturday, October 4, at 6 p.m. at Setzler Field. The game has been designated as Take A Kid To The Game Night, as well as Scout Night. It is Newberry’s third of five home games this season.