Silver Bluff returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown but were denied the endzone for the rest of the night as the Newberry Bulldogs gave the Bulldogs from Aiken County their first loss in 31 games.
SBHS fans had plenty to cheer about at the start of the game as Jeffrey Barefield returned the opening kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown and the 7-0 lead after the Eric Weathersbee PAT with 11:46 left in the first quarter. On the ensuing kickoff, the NHS Bulldogs fumbled over to SBHS at their own 34 yard line. The Bulldogs got down to the 19 but failed to convert a 4th down pass.
With :43 seconds left in the opening quarter, Newberry fielded a punt at their own 37. Keeping the ball on the ground nine straight plays, quarterback Jay Jay Jeter, on the keeper, scampered three yards for the touchdown and the Benton Montgomery PAT notched the score at 7 apiece.
After a Silver Bluff punt, Newberry took over at their own 19 with 4:17 left before the break. Newberry only saw the 3rd down marker one time in this twelve play drive as an incomplete pass set up the Montgomery 22 yard field goal with :30.1 seconds left in the half for the 10-7 lead.
Newberry received the third-quarter opening kickoff 68 yards from the endzone. Eight straight running plays set up a 2nd and goal from the 13 yard line. Jeter converted the pass to Tyrell Sims for the score at the 7:27 mark. The PAT was unsuccesful.
After an exchange of punts, Newberry set up an 'insurance' score by trying to take as much time off the clock as possible. Five plays later, Korenzo Nance ended the scoring by both teams with a 41-yard run for the touchdown and the 23-7 lead with 4:16 left in the game after the succesful PAT by Montgomery.
For the night, Newberry rushed 45 times for 293 yards with Hal Clary getting 155 yards on 23 carries. Korenzo Nance got 76 yards on eight carries. The Bulldogs completed four of their eleven pass attempts for 89 yards. Zack Sims led the receiving department with 62 yards on two completions.
Silver Bluff got 93 yards on 36 attempts. Deangelo Bryant was the leading rusher with 49 yards on 15 carries. The Bulldogs completed one of their eight attempted passes for six yards.
This is the second 30-game winning streak that Newberry has stopped at home since 1998. Then, the Bulldogs opened their home season with a 26-14 victory over Fairfield Central, the two-time defending AAA state champions and owners of a 31-game winning streak