TIGERVILLE - The Newberry Wolves rolled up 428 yards of offense but had a hard time converting those into points, as they were tripped up by the North Greenville Crusaders at Younts Stadium on Saturday evening, 27-17.
Newberry falls to 4-2 overall on the season entering next weekend’s Homecoming game against Wingate at 4 p.m. North Greenville is now 1-5.
Lyndon Ingram (Columbia) had 108 yards rushing and a touchdown on 22 carries. Quarterback W.T. Murden (West Columbia) completed 25-of-38 passes for 249 yards and a touchdown, with Corey Washington (North Charleston) earning seven receptions for 124 yards.
Things did not start well offensively for Newberry as Murden was picked off at the Newberry 27 yard line by A.J. Jones, who returned it for a touchdown to give NGU an early 7-0 lead.
Newberry drove down to the NGU 3 on a drive spanning into the second quarter, but could not find the end zone and settled for a Kyle Mackey (New Ellenton) 20-yard field goal to make it a 7-3 game with 14:26 left in the half.
The Crusaders responded with a five-play, 69-yard drive for a touchdown. A trick play from the wide receiver was followed up by a 31-yard pass to Taylor Malphrus to the 1-yardline. Malphrus got the carry and punched it in for a touchdown to make it 14-3 with 12:46 left in the half.
The teams traded possessions as the clock counted down until Newberry got the ball with 1:17 left. Ingram started the drive with a 30-yard carry and the drive was completed with a 30-yard touchdown pass from Murden to Markish Jones (Spartanburg, S.C.) with two seconds on the clock to make it a 14-10 halftime deficit.
Neither team could change the scoreboard in the third quarter and the Crusaders struck early in the fourth quarter. Newberry had NGU on a third down deep in their own territory, but a 45-yard pass Troy Jones would set up a 44-yard Justin Gravely field goal to make it 17-10 with 11:28 left in the game.
A short punt set up another NGU score as the Crusaders needed five plays to go 30 yards and make it 24-10 with 7:48 to go on a 14-yard TD pass to Sean Wright.
The Wolves went into the hurry-up mode and went 65 yards on nine plays in less than three minutes with Ingram scoring from four yards out to make it a 24-17 contest with 4:50 to go.
Newberry aimed to stop NGU and set up in easy scoring position, but a heavy blitz opened up a gap that Classe Thompson ripped for a 50-yard carry. Gravely would extend the lead to 10 points at 27-17 with a 41-yard field goal with 50 seconds left and Newberry was unable to score in response.
The Wolves were unable to force any turnovers. Newberry was led in tackles by Edmond Robinson (Wadmalaw Island) with eight and Apollo Stretch (Columbia) with six.