|October 11, 2014||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|NBY||TD||09:35||Elmore 5 Yd Run (Clark kick)|
|TC||FG||01:36||Cornelius 30 Yd|
|NBY||TD||10:30||Booker (Clark kick)|
|TC||TD||08:01||Smith 1 Yd Run (Cornelius kick)|
|TC||TD||04:33||Smith 1 Yd Run|
|Stats at a Glance||NBY||TC|
|3rd Down Conversions||5-18||4-18|
|4th Down Conversions||0-1||1-2|
|Passing (Comp-Att)||50 (5-13)||116 (12-25)|
|Rushing (Att)||194 (61)||86 (43)|
GREENEVILLE, Tenn. – Awful conditions and two late Tusculum touchdowns ruined the Newberry Wolves’ trip to eastern Tennessee, as the homestanding Pioneers slid to a 16-14 win at Pioneer Field.
Newberry dominated the game defensively for the first 49 minutes of play, allowing only 114 yards of offense and six first downs until Tusculum’s last two drives of the fourth quarter.
With the Wolves up 14-3, TC started at their own 20-yardline and completed back-to-back long passes to get to the Newberry 2. On fourth-and-goal, Fernando Smith punched it in from a yard out to cut the lead to 14-10.
Newberry went 3-and-out on the next drive and the punt was blocked after a bobbled snap, giving the Pioneers the ball at the Newberry 24. Five plays later, the hosts scored on another Smith 1-yard carry to take the decisive 16-14 lead.
In sloppy, rainy conditions on Tusculum’s multi-use grass field, both teams had issues controlling the ball in nearly every situation.
Newberry missed three field goals, while Tusculum missed one and aborted the final PAT attempt as well. There were nine combined fumbles, of which five were lost.
Newberry averaged only 3.3 yards per play, which eclipsed Tusculum’s 3.0 yards per play. Newberry had the ball for 13:31 in the third quarter and could not score – despite two turnovers.
The Wolves’ points came directly from Pioneer miscues. A snap over the punter’s head on TC’s second drive set up a 5-yard touchdown carry by Dureal Elmore (Abbeville, S.C.), making it 7-0 with 9:35 left in the first quarter.
The game’s next three drives ended in either a turnover or a missed field goal before the Pioneers’ Logan Cornelius made a 30-yard field goal with 1:36 left in the first quarter to make it 7-3.
Tusculum quarterback Malcolm Pendergrass fumbled the ball deep in his own territory in the second quarter and Newberry linebacker A.J. Booker (Spartanburg, S.C.) picked it up and scampered in 11 yards for a touchdown to make it 14-3 with 10:30 left in the half.
Highlights for either team were hard to come by as conditions worsened in the second half. Tusculum ran only six plays in the third quarter, with Newberry coming away with the ball on three of them. A TC three-and-out resulted in a punt. Devine Kelly (St. George, S.C.) intercepted a pass on the first play of the following drive and Edmond Robinson (Wadmalaw Island, S.C.) recovered a fumble forced by Arnez Gray (Greenwood, S.C.) on the next drive.
Newberry’s hopes looked good as the game went to the fourth quarter, but miscues and big plays by Tusculum dampened the spirits and handed the Wolves their fourth loss.
Newberry hosts the highly ranked Lenoir-Rhyne Bears for Homecoming on Saturday, October 18, with a 4 p.m. kickoff at Setzler Field. That game is also the annual Battle for the Bishops Trophy between the two Lutheran colleges.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Newberry threw the ball only four times in the first three quarters, with one of those resulting in an interception.
- Newberry ran the ball 61 times for a net of 194 yards, with Romelo Doctor (Summerville, S.C.) carrying the ball 20 times for 83 yards.
- Booker, Robinson and Johnnie O’Hara (Atlantic Beach, Fla.) each recovered fumbles in the game.
- Robinson also had a team-high nine tackles with two tackles for loss and a pass breakup.
- Brett Borders (Goose Creek, S.C.) tied Robinson for the team high with nine stops.
- Dontavia Reid (Goose Creek, S.C.) and Jimmy Holmes (Aiken, S.C.) each had sacks.