Landrum's Kickoff Return Sparks Football to 28-18 Win Over Newberry


SALISBURY, NC -- Catawba remained unbeaten with a 28-18 victory over visiting Newberry in South Atlantic Conference football action on Saturday night at Shuford Stadium and Kirkland Field.  The Catawba Indians, ranked 13th in the AFCA Division II poll, improves to 6-0 overall and 2-0 in the SAC and pick up their second straight win over a ranked opponent.  Newberry, ranked 19th, falls to 4-2 and 0-2.

Catawba fell behind 10-7 midway through the third quarter following a 40-yard field goal by Newberry’s Ryan Lukshis (Irmo, SC), but Travis Landrum (Inman, SC/Chapman HS) returned the ensuing kickoff 90 yard to put the Indians back on top for good.  The return was the first for a Catawba score since Darrell Erby’s 95-yarder against Presbyterian in 1997. 

After the return, Catawba held Newberry then drove 94 yards to grab a 21-10 lead with 1:02 to go in the third quarter.  Newberry had forced a Tribe punt early in the drive, but a substitution infraction resulted in a first down and Catawba capitalized.  Brad Roach (Williamston, NC/Williamston HS) converted a key third down with a 18-yard pass to Brandon Bunn (Virginia Beach, VA/Kellam HS) then followed with a 15-yard scoring strike to Joe Mitchell (Tallahassee, FL/Florida HS).

Jasmon Carpenter (Black Mountain, NC/Owen HS) ended a Newberry drive with an interception in the end zone and made a 93-yard return to the Newberry seven-yard-line.  Kory Fisher (New Bern, NC/New Bern HS) would run in from two-yards out with 4:02 to play to give Catawba a 28-10 lead and ice the issue.  Newberry tacked on a late score as Michael Johnson (Florence, SC) connected with David Smith (Union, SC) for a five-year score with 1:05 left.

Catawba had grabbed the early lead on a two-year pass on fourth down from Roach to Shane Timmons (Denton, NC/S. Davidson HS) at the 1:47 mark of the opening quarter.  Newberry tied the game just before the half as Tharry Salley (Blackville, SC) scored from six-yards out.  That score, with 29 seconds remaining in the half, was aided by a Catawba personal foul and two pass interference penalties. 

Neither team totaled 300 yards with Catawba holding a slight 284 to 262 edge.  Salley led Newberry with 95 yards rushing, while Roach paced Catawba as he completed 15-of-30 passes for 191 yards and two scores.  Joe Brown (New Bern, NC/New Bern HS) recorded 10 tackles for the Catawba defense, including two for losses.  Will Newell (Irmo, SC) and Derrell Mills (Gray Court, SC) each made seven tackles for Newberry.

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«April 2018»
April 3

Golf (M) @ Tennessee River Rumble - Day 1 (Tennessee National GC)

Tennis (W) @ JC Smith 9-0

Softball @ Newberry 5-2

Tennis (M) @ JC Smith 8-1

Softball @ Newberry 3-5

Lacrosse (M) vs. MARS HILL 11-9

April 4

Golf (M) @ Tennessee Rumble - Day 2 (Tennessee National GC) 10th of 16

Tennis (M) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 4-5

Tennis (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 3-6

Baseball vs. North Greenville (Flour Field) 5-6

April 6

Tennis (M) vs. MARS HILL 8-1

Tennis (W) vs. MARS HILL 9-0

Baseball vs. NEWBERRY 18-12

Lacrosse (M) vs. LIMESTONE 11-12

April 8

Golf (M) @ SAC Championships - Day 1 (Cobbs Glen GC)

Softball @ Anderson 1-2

Baseball vs. NEWBERRY 8-6

Softball @ Anderson 0-4

Baseball vs. NEWBERRY 8-6

April 9

Golf (M) @ SAC Championships - Day 2 (Cobbs Glen GC)

April 10

Golf (M) @ SAC Championships - Day 3 (Cobbs Glen GC) 10th of 11

Baseball vs. MOUNT OLIVE 13-9

April 11

Softball vs WINGATE 3-4

Tennis (M) @ Coker 1-8

Tennis (W) @ Coker 4-5

Lacrosse (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 9-14

Softball vs WINGATE 2-4

Lacrosse (M) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 11-20

April 12

Tennis (M) vs. SHAW 5-4

Tennis (W) vs. SHAW 7-2

April 13

Baseball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 3-6

April 14

Track/Field @ Phoenix Invitational

Football Spring Blue/White Game

Lacrosse (M) @ Queens 10-18

Baseball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 8-9

Lacrosse (W) @ Queens 10-16

Baseball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 13-12

April 15

Golf (W) @ SAC Championships - Day 1 (Woodcreek CC)

Softball vs LANDER, ccd. 2 p.m.

Softball vs LANDER, ccd. 4 p.m.

April 16

Golf (W) @ SAC Championships - Day 2 (Woodcreek CC)

April 17

Golf (W) @ SAC Championships - Day 3 (Woodcreek CC) 9th of 11

Softball @ Coker 2-3

Softball @ Coker 1-4

Baseball vs. BARTON 16-10

April 19

Track/Field @ SAC Outdoor Championships (Day 1)

April 20

Track/Field @ SAC Outdoor Championships (Day 2) M-9th; W-10th

Baseball @ Wingate 2-8

April 21

Softball vs CARSON-NEWMAN 0-5

Softball vs CARSON-NEWMAN 3-2

Baseball @ Wingate 9-5

Lacrosse (W) vs. TUSCULUM 13-11

Baseball @ Wingate 7-3

Lacrosse (M) vs. TUSCULUM 14-10

April 24

Lacrosse (M) @ Queens (SAC Tourn. - 1st Round) 12-21

Lacrosse (W) vs. LINCOLM MEMORIAL (SAC Tourn. - 1st Round) 18-10

Baseball vs. UNC PEMBROKE, ccd. 5 p.m.

April 27

Baseball TBA @ SAC Tournament noon

Softball vs. Coker (SAC Tournament) 3 p.m.

Lacrosse (W) vs. Queens (SAC Tournament - Semifinals) 7 p.m.

April 28

Softball @ SAC Tournament

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

April 29

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

Lacrosse (W) @ SAC Tournament (Championship)

April 30

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

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