NEWBERRY — On Thursday night under the lights at Setzler Field, Newberry Academy took on Greenwood Christian in its first home football game of the 2013 season.
The Eagles came up short on the scoreboard, losing 34-6, but they played with intensity all night. The game started off with a bang and two explosive touchdowns by Greenwood Christian, but Newberry Academy answered back with a touchdown run by Daniel Bannister.
Bannister pounded the ball all night, easily eclipsing the 100-yard mark for the game. The Eagle defense swarmed to the ball on almost every possession, accounting for multiple tackles for loss, quarterback hurries and sacks. The score at half-time was 20-6.
Greenwood would add two more touchdowns, but several other scoring opportunities were taken away by the Eagle defense. One drive was ended by Newberry Academy’s Noah Moody who picked off a Greenwood Christian pass. Moody would also record a reception during the game.
Shield Sawyer scored on a safety after a mad scramble for the ball in Greenwood’s endzone. Late in the third period, Newberry Academy scored its second touchdown on the night as Jimmy Franklin crossed the goal line on a Wildcat sneak.
Sawyer added the 2-point conversion.
“Tonight our lineman Hunter Taylor, Ryan Hyatt, and Jimmy Franklin won the battle up front, Camron Hawkins led our offense on the field, our backs executed relentlessly, and defensively Daniel Bannister led the attack as we swarmed to the ball all night long,” Newberry Academy Head Coach Eddie Caviness said. “Our hard work in practice led to 16 points on the board, and I couldn’t be happier for our football team.”
The Academy takes to the field again Thursday as it travels to Greenwood for a rematch against the Hawks.