Courtesy of Newberry Athletics
- The Newberry College Wolves snapped a three-game losing streak with a dominating 31-3 victory over the Brevard College Tornados at Asheville High School on Saturday afternoon. Senior receiver David Pressley (Anderson, S.C.) broke the school's single-season reception record with his 74th catch of the year in the third quarter.
Newberry (4-5, 3-3 South Atlantic Conference) wins its fifth straight game over Brevard, and has yet to allow a touchdown to the Tornados since the schools started playing in 2006. Brevard (3-7, 0-6 SAC) came into the game with the nation's second best rushing attack, averaging just under 300 yards a game, and the Wolves limited the hosts to a total of 194 yards on the ground. The Wolves' defensive penetration was excellent throughout the game, as the scarlet and gray combined for nine tackles behind the line of scrimmage for a loss of 48 yards.
Harry Cabaniss (Greenville, S.C.) led the way for the Wolves' defense in his first career start, making nine tackles with two stops behind the line for a loss of nine yards.
Newberry opened the scoring on the first drive of the game after a 30-yard kickoff return by Kamaal McIlwain (Van Wyck, S.C.) gave the Wolves excellent field position at their own 46. Newberry went 31 yards downfield in nine plays, and a 40-yard field goal by Britt Blackmon (Kershaw, S.C.) snuck over the crossbar to give NC the early 3-0 lead.
The Wolves took a little time adjusting to the Brevard option attack, but put the clamps on the Tornados after they drove to the Newberry 11. Three straight running plays netted only three yards, forcing the hosts to attempt a 25-yard field goal. Linebacker Kelton Hall (Clinton, S.C.) leapt into the air a batted the kick down, keeping the score at 3-0.
Neither team could score again in the first quarter, but Brevard drown downfield and tied the game at 3-all on a 31-yard field goal by Chase Henry (Franklin, N.C.) on the second play of the second quarter.
After the teams traded possessions, Newberry quarterback Parker Hite (Ninety Six, S.C.) came off of the bench to engineer an 8-play, 56-yard drive that was capped with an 8-yard shovel pass for a touchdown to Treginald Wilson (Mayesville, S.C.) to make it 10-3 with 6:21 left in the half. Newberry had a 42-yard field goal attempt blocked later in the quarter and the score would stand at 10-3 at halftime.
The Wolves have typically had a hard time gaining momentum in the third quarter this season, but that was definitely not the case against the Tornados. On the third play of the half, James Bostick (Scotia, S.C.) picked off a Brevard pass at the Newberry 32-yardline. From there, Hite led the Wolves on an 8-play, 68-yard drive that ended in an 8-yard touchdown carry by Lyndon Ingram (Columbia, S.C.) to make it 17-7.
Ingram would finish the game with 147 yards on 24 carries, marking his second century game of the season.
After forcing the Tornados into a three-and-out situation, Newberry drove 81 yards on nine plays with a Hite-to-Pressley 3-yard touchdown pass giving the Wolves a 24-3 lead. That completion tied the school record for receptions in a season, and Pressley would break that record on the next-to-last play of the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter, neither team could find much offensive momentum until Newberry's final drive of the game, when the Wolves needed just five plays to go 40 yards downfield and score on a 16-yard carry by Alkeem Sherman (Conway, S.C.) to wrap the scoring up at 31-3.
Pressley would finish the game with seven receptions for 43 yards and a touchdown. He now has a school-record 74 receptions on the year for 934 yards, which is just 43 yards behind Tymere Zimmerman's record set in 2004. Pressley's 10 touchdown catches this year puts him in a three-way tie for second place in that category, just two behind the lead. Pressley also has 133 career catches for 1,697 yards and 16 touchdowns - all of which rank in the top five in school records.
Hite finished the game completing 11-of-14 passes for 107 yards and two touchdowns and rushing eight times for 73 yards.
Brevard running back Kelvin Jeter (Gastonia, N.C.) broke the 1,000-yard barrier for the season, but was limited to 90 yards on 18 carries, and was held to minus-6 yards in the second half. Tornado quarterback Michael Crumbaker (Arlington, Texas) completed only one of his 10 passes.
The Wolves will wrap up the season next Saturday at home against SAC leading Wingate. Kickoff at Setzler Field is set for 2 p.m. on November 13, with the men's basketball season opener to follow in Eleazer Arena at 7 p.m.