NEWBERRY — Postponed a day due to inclement weather, Newberry High School never trailed in a 31-7 victory over Mid-Carolina High School for its third straight victory over the Rebels on Saturday at Mike Ware Field. This was the 31st meeting between the two intra-county schools including having met for 30 consecutive seasons.
Newberry improved to 7-3 on the season and finishes 3-2 in the region. They will host a first round playoff game Friday. The Rebels fall to 0-10 and will open the playoffs on the road Friday.
Both teams were held to three-and-outs to start the game and they would trade interceptions on their second offensive possession of the night.
Newberry worked its way up to mid-field but two sacks and a five-yard penalty set up for the Bulldogs a third-and-19 from their 41.
Ty Glymph intercepted the Yafari Werts pass at the 28 and returned it 25 yards to the Newberry 47. Three plays later, however, Jaylen Lindsay intercepted the Tray Green pass as his 11-yard return put the Bulldogs at mid-field with 4:23 left in the first quarter.
On a keeper two plays later, Werts carried it for a first down before coughing up the football. The drive was kept alive after the recovery was made by Devin Harmon.
Werts connected with Zy Towns four plays later for a 22-yard touchdown pass. Jose Lozano’s extra point put the Bulldogs ahead 7-0 with 1:50 left in the first stanza.
The Rebels went right to work and ended a 77-yard, 10-play drive with Green scoring on a keeper from two yards out. Connor Doolittle’s kick tied the score at 7-7 with 9:47 left until the halftime break.
After six straight rushing plays, Newberry was looking at a second-and-eight from the Rebels’ 35-yard line.
Drew Ahrens made a 13-yard reception down to the 22 and a first down. Not being able to garner a first down, Lozano split the uprights with a 37-yard field goal for the 10-7 score with 4:29 left in the first half.
After a three-yard pass to Rashon Gallman, the Rebels fumbled over to Newberry’s Lindsay. One play and six seconds later, the senior caught a 16-yard pass from Werts for the touchdown. Lozano’s kick would end the first half scoring at 17-7 at the 4:09 mark.
Both teams had possessions two more times to end the first half. Mid-Carolina punted and threw an interception to K.J. Fields with 18.4 seconds left on the clock. Newberry was stopped on a fourth down and a sack ended the first half. Newberry had 131 total yards of first half offense while Mid-Carolina had 113.
After receiving a Rebel punt, Newberry started its first possession of the second half at their 29 after a penalty. Five straight rushing plays took the Bulldogs to the Rebel 30-yard line.
Jaylen Caldwell scored for the 24-7 score after the Lozano kick with 6:56 left in the third quarter.
Getting bogged down on a fourth-and-10 from the Newberry 11, Doolittle’s 29-yard field goal attempt was no good at the 1:54 mark of the third stanza.
Newberry ended an 80-yard, nine-play drive on the fourth play of the final quarter with a four-yard run by Khalil Sheppard for the touchdown.
The only pass thrown on this play was 52 yards from Werts to Ahrens down to the Mid-Carolina 25 on a first-and-20 situation.
Lozano’s kick ended the scoring for the game with 10:22 left on the fourth quarter clock.
Newberry had 15 first downs while Mid-Carolina had nine. Mid-Carolina had 180 yards of offense including registering 145 on the ground.
Green led the Mid-Carolina rushing with 56 yards on 11 carries followed by a lone rush of 34 yards from Carlin Fellers. Graham saw the most carries gathering 25 yards on a dozen carries.
Newberry had 364 yards of offense with 119 of them coming through the air. Ahrens caught two passes for 65 yards to lead the reception department for Newberry.
Caldwell carried the ball 16 times for 113 yards. Chris Wadsworth rushed the ball four times for 52 yards.