JEFFERSON CITY — Carson-Newman improved its chances for an NCAA Division II playoff bid while dimming Newberry’s prospects with a 52-21 South Atlantic Conference win over the Wolves at Burke-Tarr Stadium.
Eagles quarterback De’Andre Thomas passed for 200 yards, including a 23-yard touchdown pass to Luther Walker. Thomas initiated scoring with a 9-yard scoring run.
Brandon Baker rushed for 147 yards to lead Carson-Newman (8-2, 4-2), scoring on spectacular touchdown runs of 33 and 53 yards. Tyron Douglas rushed for 67 yards, including a 12-yard TD run that put C-N up 35-0 with 11:23 remaining in the second quarter.
Curt Duncan, who hit all seven of his point after touchdown kicks, added a 41-yard field goal for the Eagles.
The Carson-Newman defense contributed to the day’s scoring. Former J.I. Burton standout Jaycob Coleman recovered a fumble in the end zone for a score. Javaris Neal contributed a 41-yard interception return for a touchdown. Eien Jacob had two additional picks for the Eagles.
Newberry (8-2, 5-2) got 101 yards rushing and 161 yards passing from quarterback Raleigh Yeldell. The Wolves signal caller had scoring runs of 8 and 2 yards.