Story and photo courtesy of Newberry Athletics
- The Newberry College Wolves closed out the season with a 42-24 win over the visiting Brevard College Tornados at Setzler Field on Saturday afternoon. Newberry finishes the season with a 4-6 overall record and tied for third in the South Atlantic Conference with a 4-3 record.
Redshirt freshman quarterback W.T. Murden (West Columbia, S.C.) completed 17-of-24 passes for 208 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. Both touchdown passes went to senior Edward Gilliard (Summerville, S.C.) who had six catches for a career-high 105 yards with touchdown receptions of 39 and 10 yards.
Alkeem Sherman (Conway, S.C.) had 10 carries for 55 yards and touchdown carries of 3 and 7 yards in his final game in the scarlet and gray. Brandon Bostick (Florence, S.C.) added four catches for 36 yards, and an 8-yard touchdown carry. Bostick finishes his stellar career with 1,935 receiving yards, which is third most in school history.
Apollo Stretch (Columbia, S.C.) had 14 tackles in the game, finishing the season with 105 total stops. David Davis (Columbia, S.C.) had 12 tackles and forced a fumble.
Newberry's fortunes started off well, as the Tornados fumbled away the opening kickoff and Murden connected with Gilliard for a touchdown from 39 yards out on the second play of the game. On Brevard's first play from scrimmage, A.J. Booker (Spartanburg, S.C.) snagged his first career interception, but Newberry was held to a punt on the ensuing drive. Brevard quarterback Aaron Reese had a 60-yard run from scrimmage before he was tripped up, and the Wolves held Brevard to a 25-yard Austin Clark field goal to make it a 7-3 game.
Newberry started a drive with six minutes left in the opening quarter and marched downfield, covering 82 yards in 13 plays before a 3-yard Sherman touchdown carry with 14:37 left in the half put Newberry up 14-3, a lead which Newberry would carry into the halftime break.
Just before the half, Murden was picked off by Brevard's Philip Curcio - a local Newberry County product - but Brian Spencer (Columbia, S.C.) grabbed an interception in response.
It was all Sherman to start the second half, as the senior had all of the carries on a six-play, 50-yard touchdown drive to make it 21-3 after a 7-yard touchdown carry. Brevard went 73 yards in eight plays, with Aaron Reese's 12-yard touchdown carry marking the first touchdown the Tornados ever scored on the Wolves in 22-plus quarters of the series' history.
Newberry punted on its next drive, but Edmond Robinson (Wadmalaw Island, S.C.) forced a fumble deep in Tornados' territory, leading to a Murden-to-Gilliard 10-yard touchdown pass to make it 28-10. BC went 66 yards in five plays on its next drive, with Reese's 20-yard touchdown carry narrowing the deficit to 28-17.
After Cameron Winchester (Gilbert, S.C.) returned the kickoff inside Brevard territory, Newberry needed just five plays to cover the 45 yards, scoring on an 8-yard Bostick carry to make it 35-17 entering the fourth quarter.
Brevard scored on its opening drive of the fourth quarter, with Reese completing a 5-yard touchdown pass to Rodney Donald. Newberry needed no plays to respond, as Jason Livingston (Conway, S.C.) returned the kickoff for a 90-yard touchdown, closing out the scoring at 42-24.
Newberry had 399 yards of total offense, while the Tornados had 444 yards of offense, but turned the ball over five times.