|November 08, 2014||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|NBY||TD||13:51||Dickerson 8 Yd Pass From Yeldell (Clark missed kick)|
|NBY||TD||09:59||Jordan 17 Yd Pass From Yeldell (Foster missed kick)|
|NBY||TD||09:30||Dickerson 7 Yd Pass From Yeldell|
|C-N||TD||03:26||Thomas 5 Yd Run (Ogle kick)|
|C-N||TD||02:54||Williams (Ogle kick)|
|NBY||TD||00:34||Yeldell 8 Yd Run (Clark kick)|
|C-N||TD||11:21||Hibbett 5 Yd Run (Ogle kick)|
|NBY||TD||06:05||Exume 2 Yd Pass From Murden (Clark missed kick)|
|NBY||TD||04:25||Elmore 13 Yd Run (Foster kick)|
|Stats at a Glance||C-N||NBY|
|3rd Down Conversions||7-15||6-9|
|4th Down Conversions||1-3||0-0|
|Passing (Comp-Att)||51 (7-16)||95 (11-15)|
|Rushing (Att)||301 (55)||210 (44)|
NEWBERRY – The Newberry College football team used short fields to advantage early and made key defensive plays late on the way to an emphatic 46-21 win over No. 24 Carson-Newman in the Wolves’ home finale at Setzler Field on Saturday.
With the win, Newberry is now 5-5 overall and finishes its South Atlantic Conference schedule with a 3-4 mark. Carson-Newman has lost back-to-back games for the first time since late September 2012 and is now 6-3 overall and 4-2 in conference action.
Newberry quarterback Raleigh Yeldell (Johnston, S.C.) was the star of the day before an injury late in the first quarter. In four drives at the controls of the offense, the redshirt sophomore led Newberry to touchdowns on each drive.
After Kevin Miller (Lexington, S.C.) returned the opening kickoff to the Carson-Newman 32-yardline, Yeldell rushed for 24 yards, then completed an 8-yard touchdown pass to Byron Dickerson, giving Newberry an early 6-0 lead with just over a minute gone in the game.
The defense forced a three-and-out and a Miller 27-yard punt return put Newberry in great field position at the C-N 43-yardline. Six plays later, Yeldell completed a 17-yard touchdown pass to Wesley Jordan (Ware Shoals, S.C.) to make it a 12-0 lead with 9:59 left in the first quarter.
Academic All-America candidate A.J. Booker (Spartanburg, S.C.) intercepted a De’Andre Thomas pass on the Eagles’ first play of the next drive, returning the pick to the Eagles’ 7-yardline. Yeldell found Dickerson for his second touchdown pass of the day only two plays later, pushing the lead to 20-0 after a perfectly executed trick play on the two-point conversion by Cole Watson (Conway, S.C.).
Carson-Newman may have been shell-shocked, but the Eagles looked like a typical C-N offense on its next drive, chewing up 75 yards on 12 plays, with Thomas scoring on a 5-yard quarterback keeper with 3:46 left in the quarter.
After Miller’s success on returns earlier, Eagles’ kicker Ben Ogle angled his kickoff towards Dickerson, who ran into trouble. However, a missed tackle completely negated that early setback, as the senior picked up his third touchdown of the quarter on the 88-yard return touchdown.
Not to be outdone, Carson-Newman’s Lonnie Williams returned the ensuing kickoff 95 yards for a score, making it a 26-14 Newberry lead with 2:54 still to play in the first quarter.
Yeldell led another great Newberry drive, as the Wolves went 63 yards in six plays, with the quarterback scoring an eight-yard diving touchdown, pushing the lead to 33-14 with 34 seconds left on the first quarter clock.
Another prototypical Carson-Newman drive cut the lead to 33-21 as Andy Hibbett punched the ball in from 5 yards out with 11:21 to go until halftime.
Yeldell had been injured and left the game following the diving touchdown, changing Newberry’s attack on offense. A long drive bogged down, but a roughing the kicker penalty kept it alive before the Wolves fumbled the ball away.
With Carson-Newman threatening to score when a 60-yard Hibbett carry set the Eagles up at first-and-goal, the Wolves’ defense buckled down and forced a field goal chance, which Ben Ogle missed from a sharp angle at 24 yards out. That miss preserved Newberry’s 33-21 lead into halftime.
In the third quarter, Carson-Newman drove down the field again and was aided by a fake punt. On third-and-goal from the Newberry 20, Thomas was picked off in the endzone by Sharon Irwin (Staten Island, N.Y.) to thwart a chance to narrow the lead.
The Eagles’ next drive also produced a goal-to-go situation and on fourth down, Edmond Robinson (Wadmalaw Island, S.C.) tackled Damian Baker for a loss to turn the ball over on downs.
After two scoreless quarters, the Wolves pieced together a long drive on the legs of running back Dureal Elmore (Abbeville, S.C.), who went over 100 yards rushing for the second straight game. Only two passes from W.T. Murden (West Columbia, S.C.) were thrown on the drive. Both were caught by tight end Ozzie Exume (Lawrenceville, Ga.) with the second going for a 2-yard touchdown to cap a 15-play, 95-yard drive that took nearly nine minutes off of the clock. That long drive gave Newberry a 39-21 lead with 6:05 to play.
Carson-Newman’s hand was forced at that point, as the Eagles had to pass exclusively. Alstevis Squirewell (Great Falls, S.C.) and Zach Beaty (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) each had sacks, with Beaty’s turning the ball back over to the Wolves at the Eagle 13-yardline.
Elmore capped his fantastic Senior Day on the first play of the next drive with a 13-yard touchdown carry, putting a stamp on the Wolves’ 25-point victory.
RALEIGH’S BIG DAY
- Raleigh Yeldell benefitted from great field position, but was stellar in his limited snaps prior to the injury.
- Yeldell completed 5-of-7 passes for 65 yards with three touchdowns and a quarterback rating of 290.9. He also had five carries for 47 yards and a score.
- Dureal Elmore had 20 carries for 114 yards and a touchdown, marking back-to-back games over the century mark for the senior.
- Elmore now ranks in the top 10 in Newberry history in career rushing touchdowns with 13 career scores on the ground.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Byron Dickerson touched the football three times – all for first quarter touchdowns. He had receiving touchdowns of 8 and 7 yards and a kickoff return for an 88-yard score.
- Newberry limited Carson-Newman to 51 passing yards on 16 attempts. This drops the Wolves’ nation-leading passing defense to 112.8 yards per game. The Wolves have conceded eight touchdown passes and made 11 interceptions.
- Carson-Newman outgained Newberry in total offense by a 352-305 margin. Newberry only had 95 passing yards, but had four passing touchdowns.
- Carson-Newman’s De’Andre Thomas had 131 yards rushing on 24 carries and Andy Hibbett had 109 yards on 14 carries.
- Alstevis Squirewell was the defensive leader for the Wolves with 11 total tackles, three tackles for loss, two sacks and a pair of quarterback hurries.
- A.J. Booker, Brett Borders (Goose Creek, S.C.) and Zach Beaty each had eight tackles.
Newberry closes out the regular season with a chance at a winning record, which seemed to be just a dream a month ago. The Wolves travel to Tigerville on Saturday, November 15, to take on the North Greenville Crusaders (5-5 overall) at 1 p.m. in NGU’s Younts Stadium.