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SALISBURY, NC -- Catawba, ranked ninth in the AFCA Coaches Poll, earned a consecutive out-right South Atlantic Conference Football Championship with a 31-14 win over Lenoir-Rhyne on Saturday afternoon at Shuford Stadium. The win improves the Indians to 9-1 overall and 6-1 in the SAC and virtually assures Catawba a third straight NCAA Division II playoff berth. Lenoir-Rhyne ends its season at 3-7 and 2-5. It is the first back-to-back football titles since the late 1940s.Lenoir-Rhyne had a chance to take the early lead, diving inside the Catawba 10-yard line on its second possession. Bryce Rieger (Orlando, FL) attempted a 20-yard field goal, but it was blocked by Darris Morris (Batesburg, SC) to keep the game scoreless. The Indians would then march 80 yards to take the lead. The key play was a 68-yard strike from freshman quarterback Luke Samples (Elkin, NC) to Nick Means (Thomasville, NC) on third-and-18 to set the Tribe up on the Bear 20. Freshman Rodney Wallace (Bamberg, SC) would carry in from 14 yards out, three plays later, for the lead. The Indians would turn the ball over on its next two series, but mid-way through the second Samples tossed a 15-yard pass to senior Mark Sintich (Lawrenceville, GA) to give Catawba a 14-0 edge. Lenoir-Rhyne closed with in a touchdown late in the half, capitalizing on a Catawba interception with a 16-yard pass from Bret Johnson (Sterling, VA) to Matthew Harrell (Tallapoosa, GA) with just 55 seconds left. Catawba would close out the half on a 34-yard field goal by Matt Gross (Hendersonville, NC). It was set up by a 40-yard strike from Samples to Arnold Gaither (Turnersburg, NC). Catawba opened the second half with a 14-play, 92-yard drive, which ended on a Marcus Bland (Garner, NC) one-yard plunge. During the drive, Wallace set a new freshman rushing record, finishing the regular season with 816 yards. Jamiel Surratt (Forest City, NC) cut the margin to 24-14 with just over five minutes to play on a six-yard run, but Wallace answered with a seven-yard run with 2:09 left to ice the issue. Catawba was led by Wallace, who ran for 87 yards and two scores. Samples threw for 256 yards, completing 21-of-32 passes for one score. Cedric Squirewell (Ridgeway, SC) led the receiving corps with nine catches for 64 yards. Surratt led the Bears, rushing for 173 yards and a score. Johnson, who came in for the injured Brett Johnson (Ocala, FL), completed 17-of-31 passes for 160 yards. . Box Score (Final) Lenoir-Rhyne Bears vs Catawba Indians (Nov 10, 2001 at Salisbury, NC) Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Score ----------------- -- -- -- -- ----- Lenoir-Rhyne Bears (3-7, 2-5) .. 0 7 0 7 - 14 Catawba Indians (9-1, 6-1) ..... 7 10 7 7 - 31 Scoring Summary: 1st quarter 03:45 CAT - Rodney Wallace 14 run (Matt Gross kick) 2nd quarter 08:19 CAT - Mark Sintich 15 pass from Luke Samples (Gross kick) 00:55 LR - Matthew Harrell 16 pass from Bret Johnson (Bryce Rieger kick) 00:04 CAT - Gross 34 FG 3rd quarter 07:59 CAT - Marcus Bland 1 run (Gross kick) 4th quarter 05:21 LR - Jameil Surratt 6 run (Rieger kick) 02:09 CAT - Wallace 7 run (Gross kick) ..................................... LR CAT FIRST DOWNS................... 18 20 RUSHES-YARDS (NET)............ 46-193 32-176 PASSING YDS (NET)............. 181 256 Passes Att-Comp-Int........... 35-18-0 33-21-2 TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS..... 81-374 65-432 Fumble Returns-Yards.......... 0-0 0-0 Punt Returns-Yards............ 0-0 0-0 Kickoff Returns-Yards......... 6-62 3-49 Interception Returns-Yards.... 2-21 0-0 Punts (Number-Avg)............ 6-37.0 4-33.8 Fumbles-Lost.................. 0-0 2-1 Penalties-Yards............... 11-74 6-49 Possession Time............... 34:57 25:03 Sacks By: Number-Yards........ 1-5 1-8 RUSHING: Lenoir-Rhyne - Jameil Surratt 31-173; Antoine Sutton 5-15; Bret Johnson 5-6; Paris Edwards 3-3; TM 1-minus 2; Brett Meunier 1-minus 2. Catawba - Rodney Wallace 13-87; Luke Samples 8-54; Anthony Coulson 4-22; Mark Melvin 4-6; Tony Hawkins 1-5; Marcus Bland 1-1; Isreal Gill 1-1. PASSING: Lenoir-Rhyne - Bret Johnson 17-31-0-160; Brett Meunier 1-4-0-21. Catawba - Luke Samples 21-32-2-256; Scott Sensing 0-1-0-0. RECEIVING: Lenoir-Rhyne - A.J. Driver 6-76; Paris Edwards 5-34; Kennard France 4-34; Matthew Harrell 2-37; Jameil Surratt 1-0. Catawba - Cedric Squirewell 9-64; Nick Means 5-89; Arnold Gaither 2-48; O.J. Lennon 2-23; Mark Sintich 1-15; Anthony Coulson 1-11; Preston Lewis 1-6. INTERCEPTIONS: Lenoir-Rhyne - Gerren Brittian 1-0; R. Bernhardt 1-21. Catawba - None. FUMBLES: Lenoir-Rhyne - None. Catawba - Luke Samples 1-0; Tony Hawkins 1-1. SACKS (UA-A): Lenoir-Rhyne - Ross Penland 0-1; B. Lindamood 0-1. Catawba - Piotr Kalinowski 1-0. TACKLES (UA-A): Lenoir-Rhyne - Will McMillan 6-6; Kieon McLemore 4-4; Bill Vaughan 2-6; R. Bernhardt 2-5; Roy Dawkins 3-3; Paul Pope 0-6; Marcus Taylor 1-4; B. Lindamood 0-5; Gerren Brittian 2-1; T. Johnson 0-3; Larry Grissom 0-2; S. Westmoreland 0-2; Artivest Martin 0-2; Clint Smith 0-1; Brandon Smith 0-1; Ross Penland 0-1. Catawba - Shawn McBride 2-12; Todd McComb 3-7; Darris Morris 1-8; Jemonte Battle 4-4; Khanis Hubbard 1-5; Corey Reese 2-3; David Huey 2-3; Steven Williams 2-3; Shawn Sanders 1-4; Richard Scott 1-4; David Hamilton 1-2; Ryan Norman 2-0; Maurice Price 1-1; Jamel Jackson 1-1; Piotr Kalinowski 1-1; Grant Cain 1-1; Major Wilburn 0-2; Eddie Wall 0-2; Kenny White 0-2; Preston Lewis 1-0; Reggie Tucker 0-1; Marcus Hicks 0-1; Nick Hopper 0-1; Maurice Simpkins 0-1; James McDowell 0-1. Stadium: Shuford Stadium Attendance: 4087 Kickoff time: 1:30 End of Game: 4:16 Total elapsed time: 2:46 Officials: Referee: B. Allen; Umpire: J. Hibbett; Linesman: T. Kish; Line judge: B. Froneberger; Back judge: L. Harrington; Field judge: M. Hollifield; Side judge: D. Woods; Scorer: J. Pearson; Temperature: 71 Wind: NW 5-10 Weather: Clear Catawba ranked #9 in AFCA Poll. Catawba's Rodney Wallace sets freshman season rushing record. #######

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Volleyball vs. WINSTON-SALEM ST. 7 p.m.

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November 3

Swimming @ Emory Invite (Day 1)

Soccer (W) @ SAC Tournament (Semifinals)

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Volleyball @ Queens 7 p.m.

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Cross Country @ NCAA II Southeast Regional

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Soccer (M) @ SAC Tournament (Championship)

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Volleyball vs. COKER 6:30 p.m.

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Basketball (M) vs. Francis Marion 1 p.m.

Basketball (W) vs. Mount Olive 2 p.m.

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Volleyball @ Newberry 11 a.m.

Football vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 1:30 p.m.

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Volleyball in SAC Tournament (1st Round)

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Basketball (W) @ Fayetteville St. 6 p.m.

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Volleyball @ SAC Tournament (Semifinal)

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Volleyball @ SAC Tournament (Championship)

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Basketball (W) vs. CHOWAN 6 p.m.

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Basketball (M) @ Winston-Salem St. 7 p.m.

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Basketball (W) @ UNC Wilmington (Exhib.) 4 p.m.

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Basketball (W) @ Queens 6 p.m.

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