|October 22, 2016||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|NBY||TD||11:22||Romelo Doctor 1 Yd Run (Troy Cann kick)|
|NBY||TD||06:43||Wesley Jordan 31 Yd Pass From Raleigh Yeldell (Troy Cann kick)|
|NBY||TD||02:41||Romelo Doctor 10 Yd Run (Troy Cann missed kick)|
|BC||TD||02:23||M. Henley 72 Yd Pass From B. Craven (D. Rogers kick)|
|NBY||TD||10:46||Romelo Doctor 17 Yd Run (Troy Cann kick)|
|NBY||TD||01:12||Rameak Smith (Troy Cann kick)|
|Stats at a Glance||NBY||BC|
|3rd Down Conversions||5-10||4-14|
|4th Down Conversions||0-1||1-1|
|Passing (Comp-Att)||243 (21-30)||81 (5-12)|
|Rushing (Att)||164 (33)||132 (48)|
BREVARD, N.C. – A smothering defensive effort coupled with a 20-point first-quarter outburst delivered a seventh consecutive victory for Newberry as the Wolves kept their South Atlantic Conference record perfect on the season with a 34-7 win at Brevard.
The Wolves (7-1, 5-0 SAC) have not lost inside the SAC in over a calendar year dating back to last October at Carson-Newman. Newberry has ripped off a school-record eight consecutive wins in the league, a streak that began in Oct. 24, 2015 against Brevard, and is now one win shy of matching the 2006 team’s six SAC wins in a row as the longest single-season conference winning streak in school history.
Newberry nearly doubled Brevard (1-7, 0-4) in both total offense (407-213) and first downs (23-12) to cruise to a comfortable win despite committing three turnovers. The Wolves’ defense would have limited the Tornados to 141 total yards on the afternoon if not for a 72-yard pass play on one of 12 pass attempts for the option-based Brevard offense.
Newberry pitched a second-half shutout en route to allowing just seven points, the lowest for a Newberry opponent since a 41-7 win over these same Tornados last October. The Wolves have allowed a grand total of 17 second-half points over the last five contests combined.
Defensive ends Jamarcus Henderson and Jaquille Oden continued their dominance over opposing offensive lines with three sacks among their six combined tackles for loss. The Wolves stopped the Tornados behind of scrimmage 11 times on the afternoon, giving them 25 tackles for loss over the last two contests and 59 for the season.
Henderson now has 7.5 sacks on the year after totaling two today, tying him with Vernon Grimsley in 1983 for ninth-most in single-season school history. Oden’s 7.0 sacks in 2016 place him 11th.
The Newberry offense scored the game’s first 20 points and never looked back, giving them five consecutive games scoring between 34 and 37 points. Romelo Doctor rushed for 72 yards, one from matching his best effort this season, a career-high three touchdowns on 14 carries.
His 1-yard plunge capped a 10-play, 79-yard drive to open the game that set the tone for the Newberry offense. He added another touchdown, this time from 10 yards out, on Newberry’s third drive of the game that extended the lead to 20-0. After Newberry forced a Tornados’ three-and-out to open the second half, Doctor capped a 37-yard touchdown drive with a 17-yard scamper to paydirt to restore the three-possession lead and help put the game out of reach.
Doctor’s 24 career rushing touchdowns place him in a tie for seventh in the Newberry record books with Alex Haynes (2004-07). He also surpassed Pete Bember (1984-86) for sixth in school history with 2,483 rushing yards in his illustrious career.
Sandwiched between Doctor’s first two touchdown runs was a 31-yard completion to Wesley Jordan on the Wolves’ second drive, the second scoring play of the season for the Ware Shoals native.
Rameak Smith added the final exclamation point with a fumble recovery in the end zone, giving Newberry a defensive touchdown for the second straight week. Both scores were precipitated by a strip-sack in the end zone, this time by Henderson after Oden accomplished the feat against Carson-Newman last week.
Raleigh Yeldell went 21-of-29 through the air for 243 yards, a touchdown, an interception, and added 23 yards on the ground. Yeldell spread the ball around, finding six different receivers for 20 or more yards. The senior quarterback became the fourth player in school history to throw 40 touchdown passes and moved into third place on the single-season total offense list with 2,695 yards. He now trails only former quarterback Josh Stepp’s 2004 (3,213) and 2006 (3,018) seasons for most in school history.
His 2,406 passing yards in 2016 also rank third in school history, while he sits just 182 yards from becoming the fifth Newberry quarterback to reach 5,000 passing yards in a career. Yeldell is also 423 yards away from establishing a new single-season passing record, another category in which he currently sits third behind Stepp’s two most prolific seasons.
Newberry’s seven wins in a row are tied with streaks in 1924 and 1953 for the second-longest winning streaks in school history and rank fourth in school history in unbeaten streaks behind eight-game strings in 1953 and 1971. A 10-game winning streak in 2006 represents the high-water mark in both categories.
The win snapped a three-game skid in gray pants and represented the team’s first victory in gray pants since switching to adidas in 2015.
Newberry will attempt to retain the Bishops’ Trophy next Saturday as the Wolves match up with Lenoir-Rhyne at Setzler Field. Kickoff is set for 4:00 p.m.