NEWBERRY — The Newberry Wolves return home for a special day of celebration, welcoming the Limestone Saints to Setzler Field for a noon kickoff this Saturday.
The game is Senior Day and Military Appreciation Day, as well as the 1,000th game in program history.
Newberry is 5-4 overall and 3-3 in the South Atlantic Conference. Limestone is 2-6 overall.
This is game number 1,000 for the scarlet and gray in season No. 102. Newberry has a 413-549-36 record.
The Wolves will also celebrate Senior Day and Military Appreciation Day. All active, reserve or veteran members of the military will receive free admission to the game with identification.
Seniors from the football team, cheerleading team and Scarlet Poms will be honored prior to the game. Seniors from the Scarlet Spirit Marching Band will be honored at halftime.
Fans who were still awake late night last year will remember the Wolves’ record-setting 70-20 win over Limestone. Newberry piled up nearly 500 yards and seven rushing touchdowns that night and Sunday morning.
The key to this year’s game will be a quick start. In Newberry’s three-game losing streak (Catawba, Mars Hill, Carson-Newman), the Wolves have not gotten out of the gate without stumbling. In the rout of Lenoir-Rhyne, Newberry was up by four scores in the first quarter.
Surprisingly last year, Newberry trailed Limestone at the end of the first quarter (7-0) and only led by one score at halftime (14-7) before scoring 28 points in each of the last two quarters.
QB Raleigh Yeldell has thrown for over 250 yards in three straight games. Only Josh Stepp in 2004 and W.T. Murden in 2012 have accomplished that feat. Stepp threw for 250-plus in four straight games — a mark Yeldell will look to match
Yeldell is steadily moving up the rankings in the SAC and NCAA, but will not qualify for any “per game” awards, as his injury earlier this year will prevent him from reaching the 75% of team’s game played threshold.
A win would clinch a winning season for the Wolves, which would be the third under head coach Todd Knight (2009 and 2013).
Romelo Doctor is averaging 100.2 yards per game, and an “average” game will have the junior reach the 1,000 yard plateau for the season.
The Newberry defense held an L-R offense which had averaged over 404 yards rushing per game to under 200 yards on the ground, which was a first for the Bears since 2011.
That defense forced four L-R turnovers and will look to grab more this Saturday, as the Saints rank 152nd nationally in turnover margin.
This release was provided by Newberry College.