Romelo Doctor scored rushed for three scores and Newberry's defense allowed just one first-quarter trip to the end zone in the Wolves' 34-7 win at Brevard Saturday.
The Wolves (7-1, 5-0 SAC) have not lost inside the SAC in over a calendar year dating back to last October at Carson-Newman. Newberry has ripped off a school-record eight consecutive wins in the league, a streak that began in Oct. 24, 2015 against Brevard, and is now one win shy of matching the 2006 team’s six SAC wins in a row as the longest single-season conference winning streak in school history.
Doctor's one-yard plunge capped a 10-play, 79-yard drive to open the game. He added another touchdown, this time from 10 yards out, on Newberry’s third drive of the game that extended the lead to 20-0. After Newberry forced a Tornados’ three-and-out to open the second half, Doctor capped a 37-yard touchdown drive with a 17-yard touchdown run.
He now has 24 career rushing touchdowns which puts him in a tie for seventh in the Newberry record books with Alex Haynes (2004-07). He also surpassed Pete Bember (1984-86) for sixth in school history with 2,483 rushing yards.
Newberry quarterback Raleigh Yeldell went 21-of-29 through the air for 243 yards, a touchdown, an interception, and added 23 yards on the ground. He became the fourth player in school history to throw 40 touchdown passes and moved into third place on the single-season total offense list with 2,695 yards. He now trails only former quarterback Josh Stepp’s 2004 (3,213) and 2006 (3,018) seasons for most in school history.
His 2,406 passing yards in 2016 also rank third in school history, while he sits just 182 yards from becoming the fifth Newberry quarterback to reach 5,000 passing yards in a career. Yeldell is also 423 yards away from establishing a new single-season passing record, another category in which he currently sits third behind Stepp’s two most prolific seasons.
Newberry’s seven wins in a row are tied with streaks in 1924 and 1953 for the second-longest winning streaks in school history and rank fourth in school history in unbeaten streaks behind eight-game strings in 1953 and 1971. A 10-game winning streak in 2006 represents the high-water mark in both categories.