NEWBERRY COLLEGE HOLDS ON FOR 35-32 WIN OVER ECSU
Turner, Strickland Connect for Two Scores in Vikings’ Season Opener
SEPTEMBER 7, 2013
ELIZABETH CITY, NC-The Newberry College Wolves held on for a 35-32 victory over Elizabeth City State University in the teams’ season opener on Saturday evening at Roebuck Stadium.
The Wolves improve to 3-0 in the all-time series with the Vikings having topped ECSU in 2006 and last year in the first game of the season in Newbery, SC.
In his first start for the Vikings, senior Casey Turner was impressive, going 25-40 for 374 yards and two touchdowns. Keith Strickland, who was the recipient of both of Turner’s touchdown passes, set a new career high with 135 receiving yards.
The Viking offense tallied 451 yards on 66 plays from scrimmage.
Five different Wolves found the end zone on five different occasions with rushing touchdowns. As a team, Newberry tallied 256 of their 464 total yards and were 5 for 6 in red zone chances.
At the close of the opening quarter the Wolves trailed ECSU by three (10-7) until a Dureal Elmore capped a 7 play, 80 yard drive on an 11-yard score with 6:23 left in the first half. Newberry then added two more rushing TDs after the intermission; a 1-yard score courtesy of Wesley Brown and a 14 yard scamper from Raleigh Yeldell; for a 28-10 cushion with 3:58 remaining in the 3rd quarter.
The Vikings battled back, scoring two touchdowns over a three minute span to close out the third quarter. At the 3:38 mark Turner found Keith Strickland with the only play the drive, a 71-yard scoring strike to make the score 28-17 in favor of the Wolves.
Newberry’s next drive halted after 6 plays when Breon Bailey picked off WT Murden at the Wolves’ 25 yard line. Two plays later Turner and Strickland hooked up again, this time for a 28 yard touchdown, trimming the lead to four (28-24).
With 9:48 left in the game Newberry (1-0) got their fifth and final rushing score of the game when Murden called his own number from 6 yards out. Petey Boone, who scored ECSU’s first TD of the season in the opening quarter, got his second score of the evening, a 1-yard run, with 2:01to go. The Vikings got within a field goal after a 2-point conversion but failed to secure the onside kick and the Wolves held on for the road win.
The Vikings’ Corey Davis led all defenders with 12 total tackles, an interception, a forced fumble and 3 pass breakups.
ECSU (0-1) will hit the road next week to take on Tusculum College in Greenville, TN. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:30pm. Follow updates on Twitter @ECSUVikings and log onto www.ecsuvikings.com for more information.
April J. Emory
Elizabeth City State University
Sports Information Director
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