Braves suffer year’s 1st loss at Newberry
UNCP limited to lowest offensive showing of the season
by Staff report
NEWBERRY, S.C. – Newberry amassed 426 yards of total offense and scored a go-ahead touchdown with 1:10 left to upend the previously undefeated and eighth-ranked UNC Pembroke football team, 24-21, on Saturday at Setzler Field.
The Wolves (7-1), who had their dreams of a perfect season halted with a 35-14 loss to Lenoir-Rhyne last week, limited the Braves (6-1) to just 270 yards – their lowest offensive output since racking up just 247 yards in 30-7 win at Virginia-Lynchburg on Sept. 22, 2012. The Braves rushed for just 27 yards (17 carries) against the Wolves – the lowest rushing total in program history.
Luke Charles threw for 243 yards and one touchdown on 25-of-32 passing for the Braves, while Te’Vell Williams hauled in 17 catches for 101 yards, including a 59-yard scoring reception in the first period. Rontonio Stanley ran for 28 yards (7 carries) and a third quarter touchdown as well.
Darcus Elliott registered a game-best 12 tackles, including a career-best 11 solo stops, to pace Code Black who also got sacks from Cadarreus Mason and Ivory Myers. Quentin Pate, Fred Williams and Matt Turner turned in eight tackles apiece.
Newberry held UNCP to just 102 yards of total offense (15 rushing) in the first half en route to lugging an 11-7 lead into the halftime break. The Wolves scored the game’s first points on a 30-yard field goal by Kyle Clark midway through the first quarter, and then answered Charles’s long strike to Williams on the ensuing possession on a 15-yard run by backup quarterback Raleigh Yeldell early in the second quarter.
Charles was flagged for intentional grounding in the end zone with less than a minute to play before the halftime whistle for a Newberry safety.
The Braves scored touchdowns on each of their first two drives of the second half and held tight to a 4-point lead, 21-17, with several defensive stands in the fourth quarter. However, Dominique Jacobs punched the ball out of Charles’ hands at the UNCP 21-yard line with just more than two minutes to play for the game’s only turnover, and the hosts went ahead for good three plays later on W.T. Murden’s 11-yard scoring strike to Corey Washington.
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