Football upset by WIngate 35-21

SALISBURY, NC -- Wingate quarterback Anthony Metzelaars (Charlotte, NC) threw for 309 yards and the Bulldog defense forced five turnovers as Wingate upset NCAA II fifth-ranked Catawba 35-21 in South Atlantic Conference football action on Saturday afternoon at Shuford Stadium and Kirkland Field.  Wingate improves to 6-1 overall and 2-1 in the SAC with the win, securing its first winning season since going 8-3 in 1997.  Catawba falls to 5-1 and 2-1.  Six teams now stand tied for the league lead.

Catawba took the opening kickoff and drive inside the Wingate, but failed on a field goal attempt.  The Bulldogs would take the lead late in the opening quarter after Gabe Nall (Cary, NC) blocked a Catawba punt to give Wingate the ball at the Tribe four.  Metzelaars found Chris Conklin (Snow Camp, NC) on the next play for the 7-0 lead.

The Indians would tie the score with 4:56 before the half on a three-yard run by Mario Crowe (Charlotte, NC), but Wingate struck twice in the final two minutes to take the halftime lead.  Metzelaars found Dan Brooks (Monroe, NC) from 31 yards out with 1:56 remaining then hit Rodney Williams (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) from the same distance with just 27 ticks before the break.

The third quarter saw a bevy of turnovers.  Catawba fumbled on its initial drive of the half, but Wingate failed to capitalize as the Bulldogs fumbled right back two plays later at the one-yard-line.  The Indians would be intercepted on the following possession, but again Wingate fumbled, this time at the Catawba five.  The Indians then pulled within 21-14 as Crowe would burst in from 29 yards away with 7:27 to go in the quarter.

Wingate appeared to be heading to answering the score, but Eddie Wall (Albemarle, NC) intercepted Metzelaars in the end zone.  The Bulldogs would get the two-touchdown lead back as Marvin McLain (Baltimore, MD) scored from six yards at the 1:15 mark.  Luke Samples (Elkin, NC) would be intercepted again on the next Tribe play and David Jones (Greenville, SC) returned the pick 42 yards for a score and a 35-14 Bulldog advantage.  The final score came with 6:59 left as Samples connected with Rod Tenor (Cooleemee, NC) from 25 yards out.

Wingate totaled 402 yards of offense as Metzelaars completed 28-of-38 passes for the 309 yards.  He threw for three scores and was intercepted once.  Williams had eight catches for 90 yards.  Catawba ran for 109 yards with Crowe gaining 62 yards on nine carries and two scores.  Samples was 22-of-46 passing for 241 yards, but was intercepted four times.  Tenor caught eight balls for 84 yards.


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«February 2018»
February 1

Baseball @ Nova Southeastern 5-8

February 2

Baseball @ Palm Beach Atlantic 0-11

February 3

Golf (W) @ Barton Invite at Kiawah - Day 1 (Cougar Point GC)

Track/Field @ Maillet UNC Open

Softball vs. AUGUSTA 0-6

Baseball @ Lynn 11-12

Basketball (W) @ Anderson 69-75

Softball vs. AUGUSTA 4-3

Basketball (M) @ Anderson 77-65

February 4

Golf (W) @ Barton Invite at Kiawah - Day 2 (Cougar Point GC) 12th of 16

Baseball @ Nova Southeastern 6-25

Softball @ Mount Olive, ppd.  1 p.m.

Softball @ Mount Olive, ppd.  3 p.m.

February 6

Baseball @ Belmont Abbey 5-6

February 7

Basketball (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 56-61

Basketball (M) vs.LENOIR-RHYNE 84-77

February 9

Softball @ UNC Pembroke 6-4

Softball @ UNC Pembroke 0-8

Baseball vs,. PALM BEACH ATLANTIC 7-9

Lacrosse (M) @ Belmont Abbey 10-18

Baseball vs. PALM BEACH ATLANTIC 3-12

February 10

Baseball vs. PALM BEACH ATLANTIC 6-5

Lacrosse (W) vs. FLORIDA SOUTHERN 6-24

Basketball (M) @ Bluefield St. 76-55

February 12

Golf (M) @ Spring Invite Intercollegiate - Day 1 (Fleming Isl. GC)

February 13

Golf (M) @ Spring Invite Intercollegiate - Day 2 (Fleming Isl. GC) 14th of 17

February 14

Swimming @ Bluegrass Mountain Championships (Day 1)

Baseball vs. BELMONT ABBEY 5-7

Basketball (W) @ Coker 63-60

Basketball (M) @ Coker 79-77

February 15

Swimming @ Bluegrass Mountain Championships (Day 2)

Softball @ Belmont Abbey 3-4

Softball @ Belmont Abbey 3-2

Lacrosse (W) vs. CONVERSE 16-6

February 16

Swimming @ Bluegrass Mountain Championships (Day 3)

Baseball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 11-2

February 17

Swimming @ Bluegrass Mountain Championships (Day 4) W-5th;M-7th

Softball vs SHIPPENSBURG 3-4

Baseball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 11-3

Softball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 8-4

Lacrosse (M) @ Mount Olive 3-15

Basketball (W) vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 49-80

Basketball (M) vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 89-104

February 18

Softball vs BARTON 11-3

Baseball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 4-6

Lacrosse (W) @ UVA-Wise 12-13

Softball vs BARTON 11-0

Tennis (W) @ Elon 0-7

February 19

Track/Field @ SAC Indoor Championships 

Golf (W) @ Converse Invite - Day 1 (Carolina CC) 

February 20

Golf (W) @ Converse Invite - Day 2 (Carolina CC)

Baseball @ Mount Olive 3 p.m.

Lacrosse (W) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 4 p.m.

February 21

Tennis (M) vs. BELMONT ABBEY 2 p.m.

Basketball (W) @ Newberry 6 p.m.

Basketball (M) @ Newberry 8 p.m.

February 23

Swimming @ Royal Open (Day 1)

Tennis (W) @ Mount Olive 2 p.m.

Tennis (M) @ Mount Olive 2 p.m.

Lacrosse (M) vs. CHOWAN 3 p.m.

Baseball vs. COKER 6 p.m.

Lacrosse (W) vs. ROLLINS 7 p.m.

February 24

Swimming @ Royal Open (Day 2)

Baseball vs. COKER 1 p.m.

Softball vs USC AIKEN 1 p.m.

Basketball (W) @ Mars Hill 2 p.m.

Softball vs USC AIKEN 3 p.m.

Baseball vs. COKER 4 p.m.

Basketball (M) @ Mars Hill 4 p.m.

February 25

Softball vs YOUNG HARRIS 1 p.m.

Lacrosse (M) vs. FLORIDA SOUTHERN 1 p.m.

Softball vs. YOUNG HARRIS 3 p.m.

February 28

Basketball (M) in SAC Tournament (1st Round)

Basketball (W) in SAC Tournament (1st Round)

Lacrosse (W) @ Belmont Abbey 3 p.m.

Baseball @ UNC Pembroke 3 p.m.

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