September 26, 20151st2nd3rd4thFinal
Tusculum3147731
Newberry31414738
Scoring
1st Quarter
NBYFG04:44Ryan Janssen 20 Yd
TCFG02:38Will Tommie 25 Yd
2nd Quarter
TCTD07:56Ken Funnye 74 Yd Pass From Luke Lancaster (Will Tommie kick)
NBYTD03:33Jalen Cook 17 Yd Pass From Zach Blair (Ryan Janssen kick)
TCTD02:03M. Thompkins (Will Tommie kick)
NBYTD00:00Romelo Doctor 24 Yd Pass From Braxton Ivery (Ryan Janssen kick)
3rd Quarter
TCTD14:47Ken Funnye 75 Yd Pass From Luke Lancaster (Will Tommie kick)
NBYTD09:19B. Staggers 8 Yd Run (Ryan Janssen kick)
NBYTD06:35A. Squirewell (Ryan Janssen kick)
4th Quarter
NBYTD07:32Braxton Ivery 8 Yd Run (Ryan Janssen kick)
TCTD04:52Justin Houston 4 Yd Pass From Luke Lancaster (Will Tommie kick)
Stats at a GlanceTCNBY
1st Downs1422
3rd Down Conversions5-166-20
4th Down Conversions1-12-2
Passing (Comp-Att)298 (18-44) 71 (7-18)
Rushing (Att)36 (20) 336 (66)
Total Yards334407
Penalties6-557-62
Turnovers22
Fumbles Lost10
Interceptions12
Possession19:1840:42
Newberry grinds out 38-31 win over Tusculum in SAC opener


Newberry grinds out 38-31 win over Tusculum in SAC opener
Saturday, September 26, 2015 | by Josh Manck, Assistant AD for Athletic Communications

NEWBERRY - The Newberry Wolves opened South Atlantic Conference play with a 38-31 win over the visiting Tusculum Pioneers at Setzler Field on Saturday afternoon.

With the win, Newberry moves to 3-1 overall and 1-0 in SAC play, while Tusculum is now 1-3 overall and 0-2 in the league.

Newberry controlled the clock through a fantastic rushing attack, holding on to the ball for 40:42 and gaining 336 yards on 66 carries.

That attack was paced by a pair of 100-yard rushers, as Braxton Ivery carried the ball 16 times for 108 yards and a touchdown, while Kevin Miller carried the ball 12 times for 100 yards.

The game was fairly evenly contested throughout, but Newberry scord three consecutive touchdowns to pull out the win. Newberry opened the scoring on a 20-yard field goal by Ryan Janssen with 4:44 left in the first quarter, while Tusculum tied the game up at 3-3 on a 25-yard field goal by Will Tommie on the following drive.

Tusculum took the lead on a 74-yard scoring pass from Luke Lancaster to Ken Funnye with 7:56 left in the first half. Newberry tied the game up at 10-10 on its next drive when Zach Blair connected with Jalen Cook for a 17-yard touchdown pass with 3:33 left in the half.

The Pioneers regained the lead on a 59-yard interception return for a touchdown by Martez Thompkins, but a fantastic punt on the ensuing drive by Newberry's Kyle Clark pinned the Pioneers deep and then gave Newberry the ball at the TC 24-yardline with 8 seconds left in the half.

Ivery then connected with Romelo Doctor for a 24-yard touchdown pass on the final play of the half to send the teams to the locker rooms tied at 17-17.

The Pioneers jumped right back on the horse coming out of halftime, as Lancaster and Funnye hooked up for another touchdown pass, this one going for 75 yards and giving the guests a 24-17 lead.

Two drives later, Newberry had a drive start in Tusculum territory after a great punt return by Cole Watson. Five plays later, Baptiste Staggers scored from eight yards out to tie the game back up at 24-24.

The teams traded punts before Newberry defensive end Alstevis Squirewell made an interception with one hand fully wrapped in a club fashion, then returned the pick 32 yards for the go-ahead touchdown. Newberry led 31-24 with 6:35 remaining in the third quarter.

The Wolves extended their lead to 38-24 with a great drive, controlling the clock for 6:06 and going 49 yards in 12 plays, with Ivery plunging in from 8 yards out to give Newberry a two-score lead.

Tusculum did not go away quietly, trekking 92 yards in 11 plays and cutting the lead to 38-31 on a 4-yard TD pass from Lancaster to Justin Houston with 4:52 to play.

Newberry picked up three first downs on its last drive and a Clark punt was downed on the Tusculum 2-yardline with 13 seconds to play. Lancaster launched two passes downfield but was unable to get anywhere near scoring territory to let the Wolves hold onto the win.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Punter Kyle Clark was stellar once again, launching nine punts for an average of 45.8 yards with a long of 66 yards. He had punts downed at the Tusculum 3, 1, 2 and 2 yardlines.
  • With Ivery rushing for 108 yards and Miller rushing for 100 yards, this marks Newberry's second game this season with multiple 100-yard rushers. Prior to the 2015 season, it had been 10 years since Newberry had multiple centurions in the same game.
  • Squirewell's interception return for a touchdown was his fourth career interception and second interception return for a touchdown. He also had a "trifecta" sack/fumble forced/fumble recovered on the Pioneers' opening drive. That was Newberry's third "trifecta" play in the last three games.
  • Newberry completed seven passes in the game to seven different receivers.
  • Blair was 6-of-11 for 47 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. Ivery was 1-of-7 for 24 yards and a touchdown on the final play of the first half for his only completion.
  • Ryan Janssen is still perfect kicking on the season with the 20-yard field goal and 5-for-5 on PATs.
  • Tusculum was the No. 1 passing offense in the nation, coming into the game averaging 412.3 yards per game through the air. The Newberry defense limited the Pioneers to 298 yards passing.
  • Corey Dover was Newberry's leading tackler with six stops, also breaking up a pair of passes.
  • Taylor McDonnell and Will Elm had five tackles apiece.
  • Joining Squirewell in the sack total was Jamarcus Henderson, who had a sack and two tackles for loss.

UP NEXT
The Wolves hit the road for the first time since the opening week of the season, traveling to Catawba for a 1:30 p.m. kickoff in Salisbury, N.C., on Saturday, October 3.