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- The annual battle for the Bishops Trophy turned into an offensive shootout as the Lenoir-Rhyne Bears snapped a string of five straight Newberry wins in the series with a 54-42 victory at Moretz Stadium.
The 96 combined points tied a series record that stood since a 69-27 Lenoir-Rhyne victory in 1968. Newberry falls to 3-6 overall and 3-3 in South Atlantic Conference play, while Lenoir-Rhyne moves to 6-3 overall and 5-1 in the league. The Wolves close out the season at home against Brevard on November 12 at 2 p.m., while Lenoir-Rhyne will play at Catawba at 1:30 p.m. that day.
W.T. Murden (West Columbia, S.C.) completed 25-of-40 passes for 261 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in his first career start.
Brandon Bostick (Florence, S.C.) caught nine passes for 132 yards and two touchdowns of 23 and 18 yards. His yardage gives him 1,899 career yards, which moves him up to third in school history in career yardage, one yard ahead of Kelton Tindal. His 19 career touchdown receptions are the second-most in school history.
Apollo stretch (Columbia, S.C.) led all defensive players with 17 tackles, while Brandon McCall (Sumter, S.C.) had eight tackles and a forced fumble, which led to a Newberry touchdown.
The Wolves opened the scoring with 11:53 remaining in the first quarter on a Murden-to-Bostick touchdown pass to make it 7-0. The Bears' first score came on the next drive, as Colin Corpe converted a 29-yard field goal.
Ryan Williams (Gainesville, Fla.) pushed the lead to 14-3 on a 1-yard touchdown run on the first drive of the second quarter. Lenoir-Rhyne narrowed the lead to 14-10 just three plays later.
Murden connected with Bostick for a 47-yard completion and Terrence Wilson (Mayesville, S.C.) punched it in from three yards out to give the Wolves a 21-10 lead with 9:27 left before the halftime break. Another three-play L-R drive for a touchdown cut it to a 21-17 margin with just over eight minutes until the break.
Two big plays by the Bears would give the hosts the lead by the half. L-R quarterback Major Herron completed a 21-yard touchdown pass to Corron Boston on fourth down to give Lenoir-Rhyne their first lead and after a Newberry punt, Boston carried the ball 49 yards for a touchdown to give the Bears a 31-21 lead at the break.
The big play struck again on the first play of the second half, as Herron connected with Graham Duncan for a 70-yard touchdown, but Newberry's Greg Bloome (Neeses, S.C.) blocked the PAT attempt to make it a 37-21 lead.
Newberry was forced to punt, giving the Bears a chance to extend the lead, but on the second play, but McCall forced a fumble that was recovered by David Davis (Columbia, S.C.) at the Bears' 21.
On the fifth play of the ensuing drive, Murden connected with Bostick for an 18-yard touchdown pass to cut the lead to 37-28.
L-R quickly got into the Newberry red zone on the next drive, but was limited to a 35-yard Corpe field goal.
Newberry responded with a 59-yard drive capped by a 38-yard end-around rush for a touchdown by Cameron Winchester (Gilbert, S.C.) to cut the lead to 40-35 at the end of the third quarter.
The Wolves held the Bears to a punt, but went three-and-out on the next drive. A punt looked like it would be downed, but Michael Green scooped it up and ran 68 yards for a touchdown to extend the lead to 48-35 after a two-point conversion.
Newberry went for the homerun ball on first and 10 from the Bears' 49, but Jamont Jones intercepted a Murden pass at the Lenoir-Rhyne 4-yardline. The Wolves proceeded to limit the Bears to a punt and then drove 57 yards for a touchdown in nine plays, cutting the lead to 48-42 on a two-yard touchdown rush by Wesley Brown (John's Island, S.C.).
The Bears sealed the win on the next two drives, going 71 yards on nine plays with Boston's nine yard touchdown carry pushing the lead to 54-42. On the second play of the next drive, Green intercepted a Murden pass in the endzone for a touchback, allowing the Bears to run out the clock and win the Bishops Trophy for the first time since 2005.
Newberry had 406 yards of total offense on 75 plays, with 261 passing yards and 145 rushing yards. Lenoir-Rhyne racked up 479 total yards, with 346 on the ground and 133 through the air.