Newberry falls at N. Greenville

TIGERVILLE – Redshirt freshman quarterback Colton Bailey provided a much-needed second half offensive spark for the Newberry offense, but the Wolves were unable to overcome a 10-0 deficit and fell 17-7 in the 2019 season opener at North Greenville.

Bailey, in his first collegiate action, took over with the Wolves (0-1) trailing 10-0 with 7:51 remaining in the third quarter after Newberry had managed four punts, a missed field goal, and an interception on its first six possessions.

The Inman native calmly engineered a 9-play, 75-yard drive that took 3:19 off the clock and ended on a beautiful 14-yard completion to Tylik Johnson tiptoeing the sideline in the end zone. Bailey rushed four times on the drive, including a critical 3-yard gain on 4th and 1 that saw that diminutive quarterback's second effort plunge him across the line to gain on the left side of the formation.

The touchdown cut North Greenville's lead to 10-7, which the Crusaders extended to 17-7 with 9:29 remaining with a 21-yard completion from London Johnson to Kyle Belack. Newberry then embarked on a strange, penalty-laden drive that took over seven minutes and 15 plays but gained just 31 yards.

Newberry penetrated as far as the North Greenville 29-yard line on the drive before a series of penalties pushed the Wolves all the way back to the 44, where a desperate pass on 4th and 24 fell incomplete.

Saturday S.C. college games

• Citadel at Elon 2 p.m.

• Furman at Georgia State 5 p.m.

• Coastal Carolina at Kansas 7 p.m.

• Benedict at Fayetteville State 7 p.m.

• Limestone at West Alabama 6 p.m.

Defense dominates in Packer win

CHICAGO (AP) — The Monsters of the Midway showed up for the NFL's season opener. They were wearing gold, green and white.

In a defensive battle also marked by sloppy offense and penalties, the Packers used the Bears' usual trademark, a staunch D, and just enough from Aaron Rodgers on Thursday night to kick off the league's 100th season with a 10-3 victory over their archrivals.

A lack of action in the preseason clearly damaged both offenses, and Rodgers at times looked uncomfortable in the attack designed by new coach Matt LaFleur. But he is a two-time league MVP, and he hit Jimmy Graham in the second quarter for the only touchdown,

From there, it was an aggressive defense that would have made Vince Lombardi proud in the latest edition of the NFL's longest rivalry, which the Packers lead 98-95-6. Green Bay has won 16 of the last 19 regular-season meetings, and Rodgers is 17-5.

Divac leads Class of 2019 into Basketball HOF

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Vlade Divac is leading off the festivities at the Basketball Hall of Fame's 2019 enshrinement ceremonies.

The Yugoslav and Los Angeles Lakers star was the first to be inducted on Friday night at Springfield's Symphony Hall. He would be joined later by Jack Sikma, Sidney Moncrief, Paul Westphal, Bobby Jones, Al Attles and Teresa Weatherspoon.

Chuck Cooper and Carl Braun were inducted posthumously and Bill Fitch was unable to attend for health reasons.

Divac was one of the first Europeans to star in the NBA, playing seven seasons with the Lakers and six with the Sacramento Kings. He was presented by Jerry West, the Lakers executive who drafted him. West, who was inducted in 1980, received the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Thursday.

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