Tigerville (NGU SID) –
North Greenville moved its win streak to four straight games as the Crusaders dominated Our God’s Chosen by a final score of 69-0.
For the second week in a row, the Crusaders started fast and were able to score in just 1:22 as Tyrell Hillary caught a touchdown pass from Nelson Hughes to make the score 7-0. The Crusaders forced a punt out of the Disciple offense and scored quickly once again. This time the touchdown came on the ground, as Trey Walker ran it in from the one yard line to cap off a six play, 67 yard drive. The Crusader defense forced the first of three turnovers on the day, intercepting the Disciple quarterback and returning it to the three-yard line. Tristen Jackson got the ball on the first play of the drive and punched it in for another touchdown, making the score 20-0 after a missed extra point. The Crusaders would get one more touchdown in the first quarter after another three-and-out by Our God’s Chosen, as Javon Smith caught a 41-yard touchdown pass from Hughes to make the score 27-0.
The second quarter saw much of the same from North Greenville, as they scored early and often. Shakeem Wharton capped off a six play, 54 yard drive with a one yard run just six seconds into the quarter to add to the Crusader lead. Not to be outdone, the defense recovered a fumble with 12:11 left in the quarter, but the offense couldn’t capitalize on the turnover. North Greenville wouldn’t score again until three minutes left in the half as Wharton got his second touchdown of the game on a 20-yard run.
After carrying a 41-0 lead into halftime, the Crusaders began to work the younger players into the game, but the scoring continued. With 7:07 left in the third quarter, quarterback Mike Calabro got the scoring started in the second half, taking the ball into the end zone himself for a one-yard touchdown run. Another three-and-out for the defense gave Calabro the ball back, and with 3:21 left, Calabro completed a seven yard touchdown pass to Mason Sanders to make the score 55-0.
With a shortened fourth quarter clock, the Crusaders would get two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter to seal the game. Stewart Hunt caught a 20-yard pass from Calabro and punched it in to add seven more points to the North Greenville total. Latif Hughes scored the final touchdown of the day, a 22-yard run, making the score 69-0.
North Greenville totaled 564 yards on the afternoon, split nearly evenly between 281 rushing yards and 283 passing yards. Our God’s Chosen were held to 16 yards of total offense, throwing for 53 yards and rushing for -37 yards.
Nelson Hughes led the Crusaders through the air, completing eight of 11 passes for 162 yards and two touchdowns. Calabro completed four of his five pass attempts on the day, with two of those passes going for touchdowns.
Wharton led the rushing attack with 15 carries for 98 yards and two touchdowns, with Latif Hughes adding 10 carries for 68 yards. Hillary led the receiving corps with four catches for 82 yards and a touchdown.
The defense finished with seven sacks and 16 tackles-for-loss on the afternoon, along with one interception and two fumble recoveries. Cornerback Travis Beatty and Linebacker Mason Hodge led the Crusader defense with seven tackles apiece, followed closely by Eddie Studyvance, who had six tackles. Hodge also added the lone interception of the afternoon. Beatty finished with two tackles-for-loss, while Darius Custard led the North Greenville front seven with two sacks.
The Crusaders return to the field on October 31 as they take on Wingate University. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. in Wingate, N.C.