|September 23, 2017||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|NBY||TD||10:02||Markell Castle 12 Yd Pass From Nick Jones (Shea Rodgers kick)|
|C-N||TD||12:45||Derrick Evans 1 Yd Run (Elijah Holbert kick)|
|NBY||FG||09:12||Shea Rodgers 39 Yd|
|C-N||TD||05:40||D. Saulsberry 39 Yd Run (Elijah Holbert kick)|
|C-N||TD||00:21||Derrick Evans 2 Yd Run (Elijah Holbert kick)|
|NBY||FG||06:49||Shea Rodgers 38 Yd|
|NBY||TD||06:33||Austin Barnes 1 Yd Run|
|NBY||TD||00:39||Markell Castle 30 Yd Pass From Nick Jones|
|Stats at a Glance||NBY||C-N|
|3rd Down Conversions||7-13||9-17|
|4th Down Conversions||0-0||1-2|
|Passing (Comp-Att)||256 (17-35)||168 (11-20)|
|Rushing (Att)||116 (28)||209 (48)|
JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. – For the first time in the 2017 season and sixth in his career, Markell Castle reached triple figures in receiving yardage.
None were bigger than the final 30.
Castle caught a pass from Nick Jones, ducked under a would-be tackler at the 20, slipped out of the grasp of another at the 15, and rumbled into the end zone with 39.3 seconds to play to lift Newberry to a 25-21 victory over Carson-Newman, the Wolves’ school-record 11th consecutive South Atlantic Conference win.
“We were kind of toying back and forth with running it a couple of times, getting the clock down, and kicking it,” said head coach Todd Knight. “[Offensive Coordinator Bennett] Swygert and I were going back and forth. I said, ‘Coach, if it’s all the same to you, I’d like to just go ahead and win it and go home.’ He said ‘All right, we’re going to throw it to Markell.’ And that was it.”
Here’s the last-minute Jones-to-Castle TD that gave Newberry its 11th consecutive win over SAC opponents! pic.twitter.com/jv5ywoOgQQ— Newberry Wolves (@NewberrySports) September 23, 2017
Castle’s score was the latest game-winning touchdown since Raleigh Yeldell’s 7-yard run with 34 seconds to play at Florida Tech to open the 2015 season.
The Newberry (2-2, 1-0 SAC) defense came up with a big stop on Carson-Newman’s (2-2, 0-2 SAC) final possession to seal the victory. The Eagles threw for a first down and appeared to throw for another at the Newberry 38, but an illegal touching penalty negated the gain with under six seconds to play. Forced to run a final play from its own 43, Derrick Evans’ last-gasp attempt was batted away by Fabian Jefferson as time expired.
While Newberry holds a 15-11 series lead in games played at Setzler Field, the victory gave the Wolves just their second win in the last 14 trips to the home of the five-time national title-winners and 21-time SAC champions. Newberry has won three of the last four overall meetings with the Eagles, its most successful four-year run against Carson-Newman since the 1985-88 seasons.
Carson-Newman had a 21-point outburst in the second quarter, turning an interception in Newberry territory into their first touchdown and driving 85-plus yards on their next two possessions to take a 21-10 lead into the intermission.
The Eagles nearly went ahead by three possessions on their first drive of the second half, completing a pass to Dorren Miller for first down yardage on 3rd and 14 from the Newberry 27. Miller weaved through traffic and inside the 5-yard line, but Rameak Smith forced a fumble at the 2 that Joe Blue recovered in the end zone for a touchback.
Newberry’s resulting drive led to a 38-yard field goal from Shea Rodgers that pulled Newberry within eight points at 21-13. Moments later, Newberry again took advantage of a Carson-Newman miscue as Darryl Foster forced a fumble on the ensuing kickoff at the 16-yard line. The ball popped free and squirted back toward the end zone, where it was pounced on by Manny McCord just outside the goal line.
Austin Barnes punched the ball in from a yard out on the next play to cut the deficit to 21-19. The two-point conversion attempt failed but the damage was done on what amounted to a 16-point swing in a 16-second span.
Both teams had multiple chances to seize control of the game throughout the fourth quarter. A 42-yard Newberry field goal early in the fourth quarter was no good. Newberry had a pass intercepted on the first play of a drive. Carson-Newman went three-and-out twice and went from converting a 3rd-and-1 to punting on 4th-and-21 due to a chop block and a false start penalty.
Newberry has now won 16 of its last 18 regular-season games against non-Division I competition and seven of their last eight SAC openers. Carson-Newman has lost its first two SAC contests for just the second time in the 43-year history of the league.
Castle led all receivers with 100 yards on six catches and two scores. Jones completed 14 of his 30 passes for 228 yards and led the Wolves in rushing with 60 yards on eight carries. Jamarcus Henderson led all players with 12 tackles, including a sack, while LaQuan White joined Blue and Foster in forcing fumbles. The Wolves were outgained 377-372 but held Carson-Newman 43 yards below its season rushing average.
Newberry returns home next Saturday to host nonconference foe UNC Pembroke. Kickoff is set for 4:00 p.m.