Football Claims 45-21 Win Over #23 Mars Hill

Game played in front of record crowd of 5,514


SALISBURY, NC -- Catawba capitalized on three second-quarter Mars Hill turnovers and claimed a 45-21 win over the visiting Lions in South Atlantic Conference football action on Thursday night at Shuford Stadium and Kirkland Field.  The Catawba Indians, ranked 14th in the AFCA Division II poll, improves to 5-0 overall and 1-0 in the SAC.  The 23rd-ranked Lions fall to 4-1 and 0-1.

Catawba grabbed the lead in the opening quarter on a 54-yard pass from Brad Roach (Williamston, NC/Williamson HS) to Lee Page (Dillon, SC/Dillon HS) at the 3:49 mark.  Mars Hill was driving for a tying score midway through the second quarter when Catawba defensive end Arthur Cromartie (Fayetteville, NC/Sanford HS) intercepted a swing pass and raced 66 yards for a touchdown.

On the next Lion possession, Brandon McIntyre (Burgaw, NC/Pender County HS) would intercept Ricky Spradling (Roan Mountain, TN) and his 27-yard return put the ball on the Mars Hill 38.  Catawba would cash in as Kory Fisher (New Bern, NC/New Bern HS) capped a drive with a 12-yard touchdown for a 21-0 lead with 2:10 remaining in the half.  The senior would eclipse the 2,000-yard mark for his career in the opening half, becoming just the sixth Catawba back to accomplish the feat. 

Highlights of the GameMars Hill would give Catawba a final chance to score in the half as Frankie Waters (Brevard, NC) fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Keith Brown (Tarboro, NC/Tarboro HS) recovered at the Lion 34-yard line.  Five plays later, Roach plowed in from a yard out for the 28-0 halftime lead.

The Lions would get on the scoreboard on their opening drive of the second half as Spradling tossed a 10-yard pass to Jamel Fayson (Jacksonville, FL).  Catawba answered the score with a 14-play, 68-drive that culminated in George Bell’s (Fayetteville, NC/Britt HS) eighth touchdown on the year, a run from two-yards out. 

Mars Hill cut the deficit to 38-21 on a 38-yard pass from Spradling to Travis Prince (Jacksonville, FL) with 10:35 remaining, but Catawba used another long drive to eat away the clock.  The Indians moved 60 yards in 17 plays to cap the scoring on Jamelle Cuthberton’s (Charlotte, NC/Harding HS) one-yard run with 2:17 left.

Catawba controlled the clock, possessing the ball for 34:18.  The Indians were also 10-of-15 on third-down conversions.  Fisher led a 187-yard rushing attack with 71 yards with Bell adding 59.  Roach completed 17-of-23 passes for 249 yards with Antwan Strong (Charlotte, NC/W. Charlotte HS) making six catches for 93 yards.  George Washington (Warner Robbins, GA) ran for 127 yards to pace Mars Hill.  Spradling was 15-of-33 for 227 yards.

The game was played in front of record crowd of 5,514 in attendance for Catawba’s first Thursday game since 1968.  The game was also the first live national television broadcast from Shuford Stadium.  Catawba improved to 31-1 when scoring first under Head Coach Chip Hester.

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Today's Events

Swimming @ Royal Open (Day 1),
Tennis (W) @ Mount Olive, 2:00
Tennis (M) @ Mount Olive, 2:00
Lacrosse (M) vs. CHOWAN, 3:00VideoStats
Baseball vs. COKER, 6:00Stats
Lacrosse (W) vs. ROLLINS, 7:00VideoStats


«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 W-10th,M-10th

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

February 20

Golf (W) @ Converse Invite - Day 2 (Carolina CC) 4th of 9

Baseball @ Mount Olive 9-4

Lacrosse (W) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 11-10

February 21

Tennis (M) vs. BELMONT ABBEY 6-3

Basketball (W) @ Newberry 39-59

Basketball (M) @ Newberry 84-92

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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