Wolves head to Wingate with playoff berth on the line

NEWBERRY — The Newberry Wolves hit the road for the 2015 regular season finale, traveling to the Wingate Bulldogs for a 1:30 p.m. kickoff Saturday. The game is key for the Wolves, who could push their way into the Division II playoffs with a win.

Newberry is 6-4 overall and 3-3 in the South Atlantic Conference. Wingate is also 6-4 overall and 3-3 in the SAC.

The game will be broadcast on ESPN distribution platform ESPN3. It will be available via direct link at http://es.pn/1Mm7HGy as well as through the WatchESPN app on mobile devices.

Two teams trending in opposite directions will meet up in a key battle this Saturday, as the Newberry Wolves close out the 2015 regular season at the Wingate Bulldogs.

This is game number 1,001 for the scarlet and gray in season No. 102. Newberry has a 415-549-36 record.

Newberry enters the game ranked eighth in the official NCAA Division II Super Region II rankings, which places the Wolves just one spot out of playoff qualification.

The Wolves are on a three-game winning streak after sitting a game below .500 less than a month ago.

Wingate was in the catbird seat less than a month ago and has now lost three straight. The Bulldogs will be looking to play spoiler to the Wolves’ playoff dreams. Wingate has also lost four of its last five after a 5-0 start to the season with three shutouts.

This game matches two of the top defenses in the South Atlantic Conference. Both Newberry and Wingate rank in the top 25 nationally in passing defense, total defense and scoring defense. Newberry is the conference leader in rushing defense and total defense.

The Wolves’ offense has been clicking since the return of quarterback Raleigh Yeldell, who has now passed for 12 touchdowns in the last three weeks with only one interception. Yeldell is approaching the top 10 in school history for career total offense, likely to break into that group in this game.

The Newberry defense has allowed only four touchdowns in the last three games, with two of those coming well after the game was out of reach at Lenoir-Rhyne.

The defensive line has stepped up at every opportunity, with the linebackers also holding strong. While the secondary has not truly been tested since the Carson-Newman contest, that group has also stepped up defending the run.

For only the second time since the advent of the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Poll in 2000, Newberry will go the entire regular season without facing a Top 25 team. The only other time this happened was in the 2012 season.

Newberry’s balanced attack will see 1,000-yard rusher Romelo Doctor look to continue his rise up the single season and career rushing record book.

Doctor reached the 1,000-yard mark for the season against Limestone, which was the program’s 1,000th game.

With the win over Limestone, Newberry locked up the third winning regular season record under head coach Todd Knight.

This release was provided by Newberry College.

This release was provided by Newberry College.