October 18, 20141st2nd3rd4thFinal
Lenoir-Rhyne7103323
Newberry0100010
Scoring
1st Quarter
LRTD08:17Freeman 2 Yd Run (Powell kick)
2nd Quarter
NBYTD14:55Cook 23 Yd Pass From Murden (Clark kick)
LRTD09:04Ajoku (Powell kick)
NBYFG04:56Clark 26 Yd
LRFG00:00Powell 47 Yd
3rd Quarter
LRFG01:49Powell 40 Yd
4th Quarter
LRFG07:41Powell 20 Yd
Stats at a GlanceLRNBY
1st Downs2415
3rd Down Conversions6-162-13
4th Down Conversions1-21-3
Passing (Comp-Att)12 (2-7) 139 (18-34)
Rushing (Att)391 (72) 78 (26)
Total Yards403217
Penalties6-444-39
Turnovers13
Fumbles Lost11
Interceptions02
Possession35:5224:08
Newberry looks to slow down L-R in Homecoming and Bishops Trophy clash


Newberry looks to slow down L-R in Homecoming and Bishops Trophy clash
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 | by Josh Manck, Assistant AD for Athletic Communications

NEWBERRY – The Newberry College Wolves’ football team faces a stern test, as the No. 5 Lenoir-Rhyne University Bears come calling this weekend. The game is the annual Battle for the Bishops Trophy, as well as Newberry’s Homecoming contest.

WHO: Lenoir-Rhyne University at Newberry College
WHERE: Setzler Field on the campus of Newberry College
WHEN: 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 18
RECORDS: Newberry is 2-4 overall and 1-3 in South Atlantic Conference action. Lenoir-Rhyne is 6-0 overall and 3-0 in SAC play.
LIVE AUDIO: http://www.NewberryWolves.tv, WKDK-AM 1240 in Newberry County
LIVE VIDEO: http://www.NewberryWolves.tv
LIVE STATS: http://www.NewberryStats.com
WEATHER FORECAST: 78 degrees and sunny

THE GAME

• Newberry College is in its 101st season of intercollegiate football.

• Today’s game marks the 987th game in school history, with Newberry carrying an all-time record of 407-543-36 (.431)

• Lenoir-Rhyne is ranked fifth in the AFCA Division II Coaches Poll and seventh in the D2Football.com Poll.

• Newberry is not ranked or receiving vots.

 

COMMON OPPONENTS

• The teams share their South Atlantic Conference slate and North Greenville as common opponents.

 

Opponent

Newberry

Lenoir-Rhyne

Brevard

Nov. 1 - A

W 48-17 (A)

Carson-Newman

Nov. 8 - H

Nov. 1 - A

Catawba

L (2OT) 34-37 (H)

Nov. 15 - H

Mars Hill

L 29-38 (A)

Oct. 25 - H

North Greenville

Nov. 15 - A

W 32-21 (H)

Tusculum

L 14-16 (A)

W 47-9 (H)

Wingate

W 33-10 (H)

W 51-14 (A)

 

THE BISHOPS TROPHY SERIES

• This game is the 81st meeting between the Wolves and the Bears.

• L-R has a 43-30-7 lead in the all-time series.

• The Bishops Trophy was established in 1987 by the North and South Carolina synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) to be presented to the winner of the football game between the two sister Lutheran institutions.

• L-R has a 15-12 lead in Bishops Trophy contests.

• The Bears have won the last three games, which broke a five-year Newberry winning streak.

 

THE COACHES

NEWBERRY:  Todd Knight (Gardner-Webb, 1989) is in his sixth season as Newberry’s head coach. He has a 30-29 record and a record of 5-3 against teams ranked in the AFCA Divsion II Top 25. He has a 19-19 record against the South Atlantic Conference. In 2009, Knight led Newberry to a 6-4 record and became the first Newberry head coach to record a winning record in his inaugural season since Reed Charpia in 1978. In 2010, Knight led Newberry to a 4-6 record, as well as the 2011 season. The Wolves went 5-6 overall in the 2012 season and achieved a ranking as high as No. 25 nationally. In 2013, he led the Wolves to a 9-3 overall record, making the school’s second appearance in the NCAA Division II playoffs. Newberry finished the season ranked No. 23 nationally. Knight is 2-3 all-time against Lenoir-Rhyne.

 

LENOIR-RHYNE: Ian Shields (Oregon State, 1994) is in his third season as a collegiate head coach and first season as the head coach of the Bears. He has a 13-15 (.464) overall record and a 6-0 record in his short time at L-R. This is his first game against Newberry. He was previously the offensive coordinator at Army from 2009-13, and was head coach at Eastern Oregon from 2006-07.

 

UP NEXT: UNC PEMBROKE

• Newberry hits the road for a non-conference tilt with the Braves of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

• Newberry is 1-2 all-time against UNCP after last year’s upset victory while the Braves were in the top 10 nationally.

• This is the first of two consecutive road games for the scarlet and gray.

• Kickoff in Pembroke on October 25 is set for 4 p.m.

 

ROLL OVER THE ODOMETER

• Newberry quarterback W.T. Murden became just the fourth trigger man in school history to pass for over 5,000 yards in a career with his 174 yards at CSU.

• He now has 5,854 yards passing, moving up to second in school history.

• He ranks second in in TD passes, yardage and completions and third in attempts.

 

 

Career

Yardage

1.

Josh Stepp

(2004-06)

7,398

2.

W.T. Murden

(2011-pres.)

5,854

3.

Dustin Coats

(1997-2000)

5,678

4.

Jimmy Skipper

(1982-85)

5,390

5.

Brandon Gantt

(2007-09)

3,716

Attempts

1.

Josh Stepp

(2004-06)

975

2.

Dustin Coats

(1997-2000)

821

3.

W.T. Murden

(2011-pres.)

793

4.

Jimmy Skipper

(1982-85)

746

5.

Tim Singleton

(1989-90, 1992)

636

Completions

1.

Josh Stepp

(2004-06)

583

2.

W.T. Murden

(2011-pres.)

493

3.

Dustin Coats

(1997-2000)

412

4.

Jimmy Skipper

 (1982-85)

372

5.

Brandon Gantt

(2007-09)

321

Touchdowns

1.

Josh Stepp

(2004-06)

72

2.

W.T. Murden

(2011-pres.)

52

3.

Dustin Coats

(1997-2000)

47

4.

Jimmy Skipper

(1982-85)

34

5.

Bryan Ehrlich

(2009-11)

33

• Murden is also second in the career records in total offense, and has a chance to take over the all-time record. He would become one of just three QBs to rush for 1,000 yards in their career.

 

 

Career Total Offense Leaders

Rush

Pass

Total

1.

Josh Stepp, QB (2003-2006)

1,172

7,398

8,570

2.

W.T. Murden, QB (2011-pres.)

949

5,854

6,803

3.

Jimmy Skipper, QB (1982-1985)

514

5,390

5,904

4.

Dustin Coats, QB (1997-2000)

-87

5,678

5,591

5.

Tim Singleton, QB/WR (1989-1992)

1,413

3,665

5,078

 

HOMETOWN SCORER

• Jackson Swindler scored Newberry’s first touchdown of the season with his 62-yard score in the fourth quarter of the CSU game.

• He is the first player who is a native of Newberry to score a touchdown for Newberry College since Roderick Elkins returned an interception for the game winning touchdown at West Virginia Wesleyan on Sept. 23, 2000.

This is a span of 128 games

• The last Newberry local to score an offensive touchdown was Trokya Bates, who had a TD reception in the Nov. 14, 1998 Bronze Derby game, a 45-14 loss at Presbyterian.

This is a span of 143 games

• Newberry native Joseph Foster kicked four PATs in the blowout win over Limestone.

• Both players have an interesting Newberry connection, as Swindler is the son of recently retired City of Newberry police chief Jackie Swindler and Foster is the son of Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster.

 

ELMORE HITS A THOUSAND

• With three carries in the third quarter of the Limestone game, Newberry senior Dureal Elmore from Abbeville earned over 1,000 rushing yards for his career.

• With one more rushing touchdown, Elmore would crack Newberry’s top 10 in career rushing scores. He currently has 12 touchdowns after his first quarter score against Tusculum.

 

NEWBERRY IN THE NFL

• Three former Newberry College football players are on NFL rosters

 

• As expected, Kansas City cornerback Ron Parker made the Chiefs’ roster for the second straight season opener. He started the KC’s last two games at safety in the place of injured Pro Bowler Eric Berry.

 

• Parker ranks second on the Chiefs’ roster in tackles with 26. He led KC in tackles in their loss at Denver. He had seven stops in Sunday’s loss at the 49ers.

 

• Despite an injury late in the preseason, Brandon Bostick remained on the active roster for the Green Bay Packers. He made his 2014 debut in GB’s win over the Jets, playing on nine special teams plays.

 

• The feel-good story of the NFL this preseason was wide receiver Corey Washington, who caught four touchdown passes late in games for the New York Giants. In the regular season, he has yet to catch a pass, but has been fature in short field packages as well as special teams.

 

• These players tie Newberry for the second-most NFL players of any Division II school, behind only Grand Valley State with five. A trio of other Division II schools also have three NFL players – Saginaw Valley State, Washburn and West Texas A&M.

 

• Newberry’s three NFL players is all the more impressive considering its relatively small student body. Only one player in the NFL hails from a college smaller than Newberry - Baltimore Ravens’ wide receiver Jacoby Jones, who attended Lane College in Tennessee. Lane lists its attendance as 1,000.

 

Newberry in the NFL  - Week Seven

Sunday, October 19

1 p.m. - Carolina at Green Bay, Fox

4:05 p.m. - Kansas City at San Diego, CBS

4:25 p.m. - New York Giants at Dallas, Fox

 

ELLIS JOINS PRO RANKS

• Former Newberry College All-American offensive lineman Jamal Ellis has been signed by the Arena Football League’s Arizona Rattlers, as announced by the team Thursday.

• Ellis was a D2Football.com second team All-American as a senior in 2013, starting every game at left guard for the Wolves in their 9-3 playoff season. He was also a first team all-South Atlantic Conference selection that season and participated in the Green Bay Packers’ rookie mini-camp.

• The Rattlers have won the last three ArenaBowls and had a 15-3 record in 2014 season. The AFL season will pick back up in the spring of 2015.

 

ALL-AROUND A.J.

• Senior outside linebacker A.J. Booker from Spartanburg has racked up a slew of varied awards in the last few weeks.

On Sept. 25, he was named a national semifinalist for the prestigious William V. Campbell Trophy presented by Fidelity Investments®

• Booker has excelled in his academic pursuits as well, currently holding a 3.66 grade point average in Newberry’s nursing program, with a minor in biology. He intends to go into the pediatric nursing field following his graduation from Newberry.

• He is a two-time Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree, and is eligible for that honor once again this season. He has been on the Dean’s List for every semester he has been enrolled at Newberry, was a resident advisor and is a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

• Booker has also served the football team as a captain this season and was recently inducted into the Order of the Gray Stripe - the football team’s honor council.

Booker earned AstroTurf SAC Defensive Player of the Week honors Monday, September 15.

• Booker had a pair of interceptions to set up scores in the Wolves’ record-breaking 70-20 win over Limestone on Saturday/Sunday. He is now the only player in the conference with multiple interceptions.

• He totaled three tackles in the game, including a 14-yard sack which push Limestone out of easy field goal range. The Saints would attempt a 39-yarder which was blocked.

• Booker is a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree and was recently added to Newberry’s Order of the Gray Stripe.

• Booker added a fumble recovery for an 11-yard touchdown in last week’s loss at Tusculum.

 

OCT. 6 PLAYER OF THE WEEK DUO

• Newberry College linebacker Taylor McDonnell and return specialist Kevin Miller were named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Players of the Week on defense and special teams, as announced by the conference office Monday, October 6.

McDonnell (Bluffton, S.C.) led a phenomenal defensive effort in the Wolves’ 33-10 win over Wingate. The Wolves allowed only 3 points to the Bulldogs’ offense on 140 yards of offense and only 25 rushing yards.

• McDonnell had six tackles in the game, including three tackles for loss, half a sack and two quarterback hurries. He also posted Newberry’s first defensive score of the season, recovering a Wingate fumble in the endzone for a touchdown in the third quarter.

McDonnell currently ranks second on the team and in the conference with 9.5 tackles for loss on the year, ranking 12th nationally in that category.

Miller (Lexington, S.C.) has been spectacular in the return game all season and was excellent again against Wingate. He averaged 21.5 yards per punt return on two returns, matching his season average and bumping him up to third in the national rankings in that category. Miller is far and away the punt return leader in the conference, over 13 yards per return better than the second placer at that category currently.

• He also had an average of 19.2 yards per kickoff return and two carries for seven yards in the Wingate game.

 

IT’S MILLER TIME

Kevin Miller is standing out in his first season for the scarlet and gray, especially on punt returns.

• His efforts in the Wingate game were rewarded with SAC Player of the Week honors, and he currently ranks fourth in the nation and first in the SAC and Super Region II in punt return average.

 

Rank

Player

PR

Yds

Avg

1

Etauj Allen, Ouachita Baptist

10

234

23.4

2

Elby Pope, Mary

9

201

22.3

3

Stephan Dickens, Colo. St.-Pueblo

12

252

21.0

4

Kevin Miller, Newberry

8

156

19.5

5

Jermeil Douse, Concord

10

194

19.4

6

Lawrence Elliott Jr., Bloomsburg

8

147

18.4

7

CJ Davis, Shepherd

13

221

17.0

8

Gianni Olivas, Humboldt St.

9

151

16.8

9

Torie Wagner, Charleston (WV)

13

216

16.6

10

Trey MacTaggart, Upper Iowa

8

131

16.4

 

ON THIS DAY... : OCTOBER 18

... in Newberry Football (4-8):

• 1919 - Newberry is shut out by Erskine in Due West, 44-0.

• 1924 - The Indians earn a 14-6 home win over The Citadel, their fourth win in a row.

• 1928 - Newberry Hall of Famer Jesse “Rabbit” Rushe scores two touchdowns, but a missed PAT hands Newberry a 14-13 loss to Wofford at the Sumter County Fair.

• 1935 - The Indians fall behind in the first half and can’t recover in a 19-7 loss at Rollins in Winter Park, Fla.

• 1947 - Newberry is handed a painfully close 3-0 loss at Elon.

• 1952 - Wofford scores two early touchdowns and holds off a Newberry charge, as the Indians lose 19-13 at home.

• 1958 - The Indians head west and take down Troy State’s Trojans by a 28-14 count.

• 1969 - Newberry struggles to slow down Wofford’s Terriers in a 49-14 loss at Snyder Field in Spartanburg.

• 1975 - Danny Williams scores Newberry’s only touchdown in a 16-6 loss at Wofford.

• 1980 - Seventh-ranked Wofford comes to Setzler Field and lays down a 46-6 loss on the Indians. A 43-yard touchdown pass from Neil Kirkpatrick to Gary Cali in the second quarter game Newberry its only points.

• 1986 - Newberry goes 77 yards in the final minute with a 25-yard touchdown pass from Pat Bellamy to Joey Spigner capping a 25-23 win over Wofford at Setzler Field.

• 2003 - Newberry heads to No. 22 Tusculum and is pounded 39-9. Junior LaBarge caught a 3-yard TD pass from Mazzie Drummond.

• 2008 - Three long turnover returns resulted in Newberry College touchdowns as the scarlet and gray defeated previously undefeated Wingate, 32-21, at Setzler Field. Derrell Kinard and Kamaal McIlwain returned turnovers for touchdowns.