No. 25 Wolves hold off Brevard, 28-21
NEWBERRY — The No. 25 Newberry Wolves held off a charge from the Brevard Tornados for a 28-21 South Atlantic Conference win at Setzler Field on Saturday afternoon.
Newberry moves to 8-1 overall and 5-1 in SAC play, while Brevard is now 2-7 overall and 1-5 in the league. The Wolves play at Carson-Newman at 1 p.m. next Saturday.
Corey Washington caught touchdown passes of 6, 67 and 29 yards as well as a two-point conversion to lead Newberry’s offensive efforts. The Wolves rolled up 496 yards of offense on only 54 plays, as turnovers factored into the game.
Brevard’s strong rushing attack was limited to only 34 yards on the ground in the second half and 181 yards total.
Quarterback W.T. Murden completed 14-of-20 passes for 256 yards and three touchdowns with one interception, while Raleigh Yeldell completed his only passing attempt for a 29-yard touchdown to Washington. Yeldell was also the Wolves’ leading rusher with 66 yards on nine carries, while Ryan Barnwell picked up 62 yards on 10 carries.
Washington totaled 125 yards receiving on four receptions, while Jason Livingston had 102 yards on four catches. This marked the first time Newberry had multiple players over 100 yards receiving in the same game since 2010. Ozzie Exume had a 3-yard touchdown catch.
Defensively, Dominique Walker had nine tackles and a tackle for loss, while Daniel Foster made eight tackles and a key sack. Edmond Robinson had six tackles with three tackles for loss and a fourth quarter interception.
Newberry consistently moved the ball well throughout the game, but three turnovers kept points off the board. Murden had a 51-yard completion to Livingston on the game’s second play and the Wolves were poised to score, but Barnwell’s fumble was recovered by the Tornados at the BC 11-yardline.
The Wolves encountered no such problems on their next drive, with Washington elevating to grab the 6-yard touchdown score to put Newberry up 7-0 with 6:55 left in the first quarter. Newberry limited the Tornados’ offense to only 24 yards on nine plays in the first quarter.
Newberry’s first drive of the second quarter was wildly productive, as Murden found Washington deep and the senior took it to paydirt from 69 yards out. A botched snap on the PAT made it a 13-0 lead.
Brevard’s offense found its stride as the second quarter went on. A 13-play, 75-yard drive ended with a Jordan Ollis 1-yard touchdown. After Anthony Washington intercepted a tipped pass for the Tornados, they went 47 yards in 12 plays and took a 14-13 lead after another Ollis 1-yard score and the PAT with 30 seconds left in the half.
Newberry nearly scored again before the half, but a long pass-and-catch from Murden to Livingston saw the senior pushed out of bounds at the Brevard 1-yardline as the clock hit all zeroes, leaving Brevard in the lead. BC rushed for 123 yards in the quarter, while Newberry had 128 yards all through the air on three completions.
The Wolves’ defense adjusted at halftime very well and forced a BC punt on its first drive. The punt was partially blocked by Devine Kelly.
Newberry needed only seven plays to travel 73 yards and retake the lead on a 3-yard jump pass from Murden to Exume, making it 20-14 with 8:12 left in the third quarter.
The Tornados blew into Newberry territory but bogged down and a David Davis tackle for no gain on fourth down turned the ball back to Newberry. Unfortunately, two plays later, Dureal Elmore was hit while carrying the ball and Billy Muscatello recovered for Brevard.
Once again, the Tornados elected to go for it on a short first down, but Sharon Irwin broke up a pass to get the ball back for the Wolves.
Newberry had to punt and Kyle Clark saw his punt downed at the 10-yardline. On third down, BC quarterback Kevin Herbst threw into coverage, but the Newberry defenders batted the ball to Tornado receiver Tydrell Wright, who sprinted for a 90-yard touchdown to put the guests up by a 21-20 count with 9:36 to play.
With Yeldell at the controls, the Wolves kept the ball on the ground all the way to the Tornados’ 29-yardline before the redshirt freshman launched his only pass of the game to Washington, who elevated in coverage for the touchdown catch with 5:27 to play. That pairing hooked up again as Washington beat his man over the top for the two-point conversion catch to make it 28-21 in Newberry’s favor.
Brevard went to the air on third down and the ball was tipped by Irwin and intercepted by Robinson inside Brevard territory. From there, Newberry ran out the clock and held on for the win.
Brevard rushed for only eight yards in the final quarter and was held 84 yards under its season average for the game.
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