NEWBERRY — Going into the half, the Newberry Bulldogs led the Union County Yellow Jackets 21-14, but the momentum didn’t stop there.
The Newberry High School Bulldogs took on the Union County Yellow Jackets Friday at home. With Union’s win against Gaffney last week, Head Coach Phil Strickland said the Bulldogs would need to bring their A-game to pull out the win.
At the end of a quick first quarter, there were no points on the board for either team. The first play of the second quarter was a pass completion from Union County QB De’Arrius Smith to wide receiver Shi Smith, taking the Yellow Jackets within a few yards of Newberry’s end zone.
Following the play, the game was paused as paramedics tended to an injured Bulldog — Zy Towns — who was carried off the field. Towns waved at fans and teammates as he left with paramedics.
When the game resumed, the drive continued, concluding with a touchdown pass from Smith to WR Shemar Glenn, with the PAT giving Union a 7-0 lead. Newberry then answered back with a touchdown and extra point to tie the game 7-7.
With just over three minutes left in the second quarter, a touchdown pass from Smith to Montrey Feaster and the PAT by Blake Berry gave the Jackets a 14-7 lead.
With 40 seconds left in the half, Newberry answered back with a touchdown of their own, but without the extra point, Union County held a one-point lead at 14-13.
With four seconds left in the half, Newberry intercepted the ball and scored a touchdown and two-point conversion, giving them a 21-14 lead.
In the third quarter, Newberry and Union County trade points again as they tie the ball game at 21 points each.
With the final seconds on the clock, Union County leads over the Newberry Bulldogs 35-34. The Bulldogs wouldn’t take second place as their answer, scoring and ending the game with a score of 40-35.
The Bulldogs take on Clinton at home next Friday, September 5 with a kickoff time of 7:30 p.m.