NEWBERRY — The Newberry Wolves are looking for a win over the Wingate Bulldogs during homecoming on Saturday afternoon.
Kick off for the game is at 4 p.m. at Setzler Field.
Both teams will look to keep their playoff and SAC Championship hopes alive by rebounding from losses last weekend.
Wingate saw a late comeback effort against Mars Hill fall short, while Newberry was stunned by a previously win less North Greenville squad.
This is likely to be won and lost through the air, as two of the top four quarterbacks in the league face off. Newberry’s W.T. Murden averages 213.0 yards per game with 13 touchdown passes and only four interceptions, while Wingate’s Robbie Nallenweg averages 346.7 yards per game with 16 TD passes and 14 picks.
WR Corey Washington had his third 100-yard receiving game of the season with 124 yards on seven catches at NGU, but was held without a touchdown for the first time this season. He is fifth in the league in receptions and third in yards, yards per game, yards per catch and touchdowns
Newberry will look to balance that passing attack with a solid running game led by Dureal Elmore, who is thid in the conference with 63.3 yards per game. Newberry has the 5th-ranked rushing offense in the conference, with Wingate ranking third in rushing defense.
Apollo Stretch is tied for seventh in the league with 54 tackles and is fourth in the conference with 5.5 tackles for a loss. Of the top “behind the line” tacklers, he and WU’s Jared Seate are the only SAC players who also have an interception.
Edmond Robinson has moved into a tie for 11th place in the conference with 41 total tackles, including 2.5 TFLs.
With Wingate’s prolific passing attack, it will be a big game for the secondary, which leads the conference with 10 passes intercepted.
Brian Spencer is still tied for the conference lead with four interceptions, while Lance Richardson is tied for third with two picks.
On special teams, punter JoJo Morris is third in the conference and 26th nationally with an average of 40.67 yards per punt
Kicker Kyle Mackey is one of three SAC kickers without a PAT miss yet this season, and has the second-most makes without a miss, going 20-for-20 so far this year. He is 3-for-5 on field goal attempts with a long of 41 yards.