|September 16, 2017||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|Va. U. of Lynchburg||0||0||7||0||7|
|NBY||FG||07:39||Kevin Weber 45 Yd|
|NBY||TD||02:25||B. Staggers 12 Yd Pass From Greg Ruff (Shea Rodgers kick)|
|NBY||TD||12:31||Markell Castle 17 Yd Pass From Nick Jones (Shea Rodgers kick)|
|NBY||TD||07:40||Sean Smith 8 Yd Pass From Sumner Cooler (Shea Rodgers kick)|
|NBY||TD||04:35||Bobby Irby (Shea Rodgers kick)|
|NBY||TD||10:59||Austin Barnes 1 Yd Run (Shea Rodgers kick)|
|NBY||TD||09:29||Baylen English (Shea Rodgers kick)|
|VUL||TD||09:15||Tomas Newman (Christopher Vas kick)|
|NBY||TD||06:32||B. Staggers 3 Yd Pass From Nick Jones (Troy Cann kick)|
|NBY||FG||13:54||Kevin Weber 40 Yd|
|Stats at a Glance||VUL||NBY|
|3rd Down Conversions||2-14||6-11|
|4th Down Conversions||0-0||0-0|
|Passing (Comp-Att)||60 (11-23)||295 (25-30)|
|Rushing (Att)||22 (22)||185 (43)|
NEWBERRY – A dominant performance on both sides of the ball and its most points scored in three years led Newberry to a 55-7 win over visiting Virginia University of Lynchburg in the 2017 home opener at Setzler Field.
The Wolves (1-2) racked up 480 yards of total offense while allowing the Dragons (0-4) just 82, the fewest by a Newberry opponent since Livingstone managed eight total yards on Sept. 4, 2010. Newberry spread the ball around to 13 different wide receivers on 25 completed passes, racking up 295 yards through the air despite only one receiver totaling more than 36 yards on the day.
Newberry also totaled 185 yards on the ground with 10 different players recording carries.
Newberry scored early and often in the contest, using a 45-yard field goal off the foot of Kevin Weber and a 12-yard touchdown reception by Baptiste Staggers from Greg Ruff, the first of two scorres for Staggers on the day, to move ahead 10-0 after 15 minutes of play.
The lead increased to 31-0 at halftime with a Markell Castle 17-yard reception, an 8-yard catch by Sean Smith, and a Bobby Irby fumble recovery in the end zone. On a second-and 10 play from the 34, Ruff threw complete to Tovaris Cureton inside the 10, but the ball was jarred free from Cureton’s grasp as he neared the 5-yard line.
Trailing the play, Irby sprinted for the end zone and recovered the ball for his first career touchdown. The Dutch Fork High School product and Irmo native finished his day with three catches for 36 yards.
Nick Jones finished his day 14-for-15 for 177 yards and two scores through the air and added eight yards on three carries. His completion percentage of 93.3 is the highest in Newberry history for a quarterback with 15 or more attempts. Ruff was 5-for-7 for 80 yards and two scores, while Sumner Cooler added 38 yards and a touchdown on 6-for-8 passing.
Newberry added three more touchdowns and another Weber field goal in the second half, all before the 13-minute mark of the fourth quarter. Austin Barnes’ first career touchdown came early in the third quarter before a 2-yard blocked punt return by Baylen English extended the lead. Staggers’ second score and Weber’s field goal completed the scoring for Newberry.
The Wolves’ defense saw 26 players record a tackle and stopped the Dragons behind the line of scrimmage eight times with three sacks. The Dragons’ only points came on a 98-yard kickoff return while the offense’s longest drive covered 17 yards. VUL never ran more than six plays in any drive and had two possessions that netted negative yardage. Other than a turnover that gave the Dragons possession into the red zone, the Dragons only advanced past their own 38-yard line on one occasion.
Newberry allowed just four first downs while racking up 27 of their own in moving to 6-3 in home openers in the Todd Knight era. The win was Newberry’s 15th in its last 17 regular season games against non-Division I competition and its sixth in a row in the regular season at Setzler Field.
A unique pregame ceremony delivered the game ball to Setzler Field. Members of the All-Veteran Parachute Team, a group of elite parachutists that all served in our nation’s armed forces, brought the game ball to the stadium from thousands of feet above the Newberry sky. The ball was the same ball used in Newberry’s conference championship-clinching win over Wingate to close out the 2016 regular season. Newberry also unveiled a 2016 SAC Champions flag in the North end zone to go with flags commemorating its 2006 and 2008 conference championships.
Newberry travels to South Atlantic Conference foe Carson-Newman for its first league game of the season next Saturday. Kickoff from Jefferson City, Tennessee is set for 1:00 p.m.