Offense shines in spring game

Staff Report
The Wolves racked up 432 total yards. - Courtesy photo

NEWBERRY — The Newberry offense accounted for 432 total yards in Saturday’s spring game as the Wolves wrapped up spring practice.

The Wolves netted 246 yards on 20-for-28 passing, scoring four touchdowns through the air. Three touchdowns and 186 yards came on 62 rushes as the Wolves averaged 4.8 yards per play and racked up 432 yards of total offense.

Greg Ruff finished the day as Newberry’s leading passer and rusher, accounting for 93 passing yards and 70 more on the ground. He had touchdown runs of 24 and 22 yards and added a 12-yard strike through the air to Austin Barnes. Ruff was 10-for-12 without an interception after going the entire 2017 season without having a pass picked off.

Ahmad Green threw for 89 yards on four completions, including a 75-yard scoring strike to Jalen Mauldin. Dre Harris was 6-for-11 for 64 yards and two touchdowns. Ten different wide receivers caught passes, with Mauldin, Green and Dv’nn Cooks scoring.

Ten different wide receivers caught passes, with Markell Castle setting the benchmark with 86 yards on three receptions. Jalen Mauldin caught the longest pass of the day, a 75-yard touchdown reception from Ahmad Green.

Newberry rushed 62 times for 186 yards and three scores, with quarterbacks accounting for each rushing touchdown. Nine different players had at least one carry, with Ruff, Harris, and Dallas White averaging five or more yards per rush.

Thirty-eight defensive players recorded at least one tackle each. David Vereen had five tackles, all solo efforts, and a pass breakup, while James Haynes counted a tackle for loss among his five stops. Welton Cauthen had three sacks that accounted for 13 yards lost.

Overall, the Wolves racked up four sacks and 15 total tackles for loss during the contest. The defense also limited their offensive counterparts to a 7-for-22 mark on third-down conversions and stopped the offense on its only fourth down try.

The 2018 season opens at Division I Western Carolina on Saturday, Sept. 1.

The Wolves racked up 432 total yards. Wolves racked up 432 total yards. Courtesy photo

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