Wolves Fall To Florida Tech 42-28 In Saturday's Season Opener
Posted: September 4, 2016 7:59 AM
Visiting Florida Tech exacted its revenge on Newberry a year after the Wolves’ dramatic victory in Melbourne, staving off a late rally with an interception in the end zone to seal a 42-28 win at Setzler Field that kicked off the 2016 season.
The Panthers (1-0) fell victim to Newberry (1-0) a season ago, giving up a touchdown in the final minute before seeing a potential game-tying field goal clang off the upright as time expired in a 31-28 thriller. But Florida Tech returned the favor this season, netting 557 yards of total offense and forcing six turnovers to spoi Newberry’s home opener.
The game marked the emergence of Markell Castle, a sophomore York native who saw his first significant action at wide receiver. His 181 receiving yards on 10 catches ranks sixth in school history in a single game. Among Castle's highlights included his second career receiving touchdown on a 72-yard heave from quarterback Raleigh Yeldell and an Odell Beckham, Jr.-esque leaping, one-handed grab late in the first half to set up Newberry's third score.
Castle hauled in the lion's share of Yeldell's school-record 37 completions. The preseason first team all-South Atlantic Conference selection threw for a career-high 447 yards, good for third in school history, on 55 attempts.
The Wolves and Panthers combined for 1,097 yards of total offense, while the defenses created nine turnovers. Florida Tech came away with four interceptions and a pair of fumble recoveries, snuffing out promising Newberry drives to retain the momentum for wide swaths of the second half.
Trailing by two scores with just under four minutes to play, Newberry drove down the field and managed to get into Panther territory as the clock ticked below two minutes. Yeldell’s pass was picked off in the end zone with 1:26 remaining in fourth quarter, ending the Wolves’ final drive and allowing the Panthers to run out the clock.
The Panthers struck first on a 52-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Johnson from Mark Cato, capping a 90-yard, six-play drive to jump out to the advantage six minutes into the contest. Both offenses sputtered throughout the remainder of the quarter before Yeldell found Cole Watson open in the seam for a 38-yard touchdown pass. Watson nearly went down on the play, slipping a tackle and regaining his balance on his way to the goal line.
Yeldell’s second scoring play of the day came with 5:26 remaining in the third quarter as he found a wide-open Baptiste Staggers from 11 yards out to bring the Wolves within a point. Following another Panthers’ score, Yeldell led the Wolves on a four-play, 73-yard drive that took just 36 seconds off the clock, with Castle’s acrobatic grab leading to Watson’s second receiving touchdown a play later. The two-point conversion knotted the score at 21 at the intermission.
Watson joined Castle with over 100 receiving yards, hauling in eight Yeldell passes for a career-high 108 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The pair gave Newberry its first 100-yard receiving duo since current Atlanta Falcon Corey Washington and Jason Livingston had 148 and 102 yards, respectively, against Brevard in 2013.
Yeldell rushed for a team-high 49 yards in addition to his passing exploits. Romelo Doctor chipped in 24 yards on the ground and 47 through the air. The Panthers were led by 101 rushing yards from Trevor Sand and 86 from Antwuan Haynes to complement 298 yards and four scores through the air from quarterback Mark Cato.
Newberry’s defense snuffed out nine of the Panthers’ 12 third-down conversion attempts. Joe Blue had a game-high 12 tackles, eight of them solo efforts, and broke up a pass, while Jamarcus Henderson chipped in half a sack and 1.0 tackles for loss among his nine stops. Jimmy Holmes, LaQuan White, and Rashaad Smith all tallied interceptions against Cato.
The Wolves return to action next Saturday against nonconference foe Virginia Union. Kickoff from Setzler Field is set for 4:00 p.m.
Patterson Named Interim AD At Newberry College
Posted: August 4, 2016 10:59 AM
Newberry College President Dr. Maurice Scherrens has announced Ralph Patterson has accepted the position of Interim Director of Athletics. Patterson replaces Matthew Finley, who resigned to accept a position in athletic administration at Anderson University.
Scherrens will conduct a national search for a director of athletics in a permanent capacity, and expects Patterson to serve in the interim capacity for 60 to 90 days.
"We feel very fortunate Ralph was available to serve as our Interim AD," Scherrens said. "Our coaching staff has expressed their support of his appointment and I am confident he will provide us strong leadership. He has already shown a high level of interest and energy and I believe from a team chemistry perspective he is a good fit."
“It is a real privilege to be at Newberry College to serve in this role for Dr. Scherrens,” Patterson said. “I will follow his lead as we unite the Newberry Wolves department of athletics with our student body, faculty, alumni and friends. We have terrific coaches and a dedicated support staff. I look forward to seeing our talented student-athletes succeed in the classroom and excel in competition.”
Patterson comes to Newberry after serving nearly seven years as Vice President for University Advancement and Executive Director of the Lander Foundation at Lander University in Greenwood. He was also Vice President for Advancement at Erskine College from 2007-09.
Prior to his work as a higher education fundraiser, Patterson was a college basketball coach for 18 years. He was an assistant coach at Colorado for five years and at Appalachian State for six years. He was the head basketball coach at Erskine College for seven years. The Boulder, Colo., native coached at Fairview HS in Boulder prior to joining the college ranks. He graduated from Ashford University with a degree in Organizational Management.
Patterson also has sports radio and television broadcasting experience. He hosted a sports radio show in Clemson from 1999-2003, and from 2003-2009 served as a co-host for the Clemson football radio network on the Tiger Tailgate Show and the 5th Quarter Show. He has continued to be a college basketball color analyst, and has done telecasts on Fox Sports South, Comcast Sports Southeast, ESPN Regional, ESPN3 and MASN.
Patterson currently serves as a board member of the Lakelands Fellowship of Christian Athletes (Greenwood, Abbeville, Laurens, and Anderson Counties), and is also on the Greenwood Rotary Club Board of Directors.