|October 04, 2014||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|WU||TD||12:16||Jimenez (Smith kick)|
|NBY||TD||09:15||Murden 10 Yd Run (Clark kick)|
|NBY||TD||11:37||Exume 5 Yd Pass From Murden (Clark kick)|
|NBY||TD||00:26||Cook 3 Yd Pass From Murden (Clark kick)|
|WU||FG||11:31||Smith 36 Yd|
|NBY||TD||08:18||McDonnell (Clark kick)|
|NBY||FG||01:43||Clark 33 Yd|
|Stats at a Glance||WU||NBY|
|3rd Down Conversions||5-12||6-14|
|4th Down Conversions||0-0||1-1|
|Passing (Comp-Att)||115 (17-31)||168 (19-27)|
|Rushing (Att)||25 (29)||174 (49)|
NEWBERRY – A solid defensive effort from the Newberry Wolves helped the scarlet and gray snap a two-game losing skid with a 33-10 victory over the Wingate Bulldogs at Setzler Field on Saturday night.
With the win, Newberry is now 2-3 overall and 1-2 in South Atlantic Conference play, while Wingate falls to 3-2 overall and 0-2 in the league.
The Wolves limited Wingate to 140 yards of offense on 60 plays, including just 25 rushing yards on 29 attempts and five fumbles.
Newberry running back Romelo Doctor rushed for 102 yards on 24 carries, becoming the Wolves’ first centurion of the season.
Quarterback W.T. Murden completed 15-of-22 passes for 124 yards and two touchdowns with one interception.
The sole turnover by the Wolves resulted in Wingate’s only touchdown, as Jon Jimenez returned a tipped ball for a 55-yard touchdown on the game’s opening drive.
Newberry responded by driving 78 yards in eight plays, with Murden capping the drive on a 10-yard rushing touchdown, tying the game at 7-7 with 9:15 left in the first quarter.
The Wolves got the ball as the clock rolled into the second quarter, with Murden giving the Wolves the lead on a 5-yard touchdown pass to Ozzie Exume with 11:37 remaining in the opening half. The key play of the drive was a 21-yard completion from Raleigh Yeldell to Zach Edmunds after Yeldell eluded multiple tackles in the backfield.
Following a Wingate punt, Newberry controlled the ball until the half was nearly over, going 84 yards in 17 plays on a 5:47 drive that was completed by a 3-yard touchdown pass from Murden to Jalen Cook with 0:26 left in the opening half, making it 21-7.
A popup kickoff was fumbled and Newberry’s C.J. Miller recovered the fumble, but the Wolves settled for a 21-7 halftime lead as Kyle Clark narrowly missed a 47-yard field goal attempt as the half ended.
Wingate scored its only offensive points of the game on the opening drive of the second half, as Patrick Smith nailed a 36-yard field goal with 11:31 on the clock, cutting Newberry’s lead to 21-10.
After a Newberry punt, Wingate experienced the first of multiple bad snaps. This one went over quarterback Kyle Johnson’s head and was recovered by Taylor McDonnell in the Wingate endzone for a touchdown, making it 28-10 with 8:18 left in the third.
The teams traded punts, and a Clark boot was downed at the Wingate 10. The bad snap issue arose again for the ‘Dogs, as the quarterback Johnson narrowly avoided being tackled in the endzone for a safety on the first play. On third down, the snap flew through the back of the endzone for a safety, making it a 30-10 Newberry lead with 12:30 remaining in the game.
Newberry capped the scoring on Clark’s 33-yard field goal with 1:43 to play.
PLAY OF THE GAME
Newberry’s Taylor McDonnell was all over the field all night, but his fumble recovery in the endzone for a touchdown in the third quarter was Newberry’s first interception of the season.
INSIDE THE BOXSCORE
- Wingate’s 140 yards of total offense are the fewest by a Newberry opponent since the scarlet and gray limited Livingstone to eight yards of offense in the 2010 season opener.
- McDonnell led the Newberry defensive effort with six total tackles, three tackles for loss, half a sack, two quarterback hurries and the fumble recovery for a touchdown. Dontavia Reid also had six stops.
- Zach Beaty had two tackles, both of which were sacks totaling 17 lost yards for the Wingate.
- The Wolves’ defense stopped the Bulldogs behind the line times and the Wingate rushing attack lost 86 yards.
- Kevin Miller was a weapon in the return game, averaging 21.5 yards per punt return and 19.25 yards per kickoff return, having a long touchdown return called back for a holding penalty.
- Clark had five punts for an average of 37.4 yards, with four landing inside the Bulldogs’ 20-yardline
- Newberry travels to Tusculum next weekend in an effort to even the Wolves’ conference record. The Wolves kick off at Pioneer Field in Greeneville, Tenn., at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 11.