Football Earns SAC Title With 45-0 Shutout of Lenoir-Rhyne

Playoff pairing to be announced on Sunday


SALISBURY, NC -- Catawba defeated visiting Lenoir-Rhyne 45-0 in South Atlantic Conference football action on Saturday afternoon at Shuford Stadium and Kirkland Field.  With the win, the Catawba Indians, ranked 12th in the AFCA Division II poll, claim a share of the SAC Championship as they improve to 10-1 overall and 5-1 in the SAC.  The Bears end their season at 2-9 and 0-6.  Catawba will await word on a NCAA II Playoff bid which will be announced on Sunday on ESPNU between 11:30 am and 12:30 pm.

Senior Kory Fisher (New Bern, NC/New Bern HS) scored on a 46-yard run on the game’s third play and Catawba never looked back in cruising to the win.  Fisher would finish with a game-high 104 yards on the ground.  Senior quarterback Brad Roach (Williamston, NC/Williamston HS) completed 17-of-24 passes for 243 yards and three touchdowns to break the single-season Catawba record with 24 on the season. 

After the opening score, Catawba failed on two trips into the LR red zone, but early in the second quarter Roach threw a 30-yard scoring pass to Brandon Bunn (Virginia Beach, VA/Fork Union) for a 14-0 lead.  Three plays later senior Thomas Presley (Goldsboro, NC/Aycock HS) intercepted a pass that was tipped by Terrence Porter (Roanoke Rapids, NC/Roanoke Rapids HS) at the Bear 12 and returned it for a score and a 21-0 lead.

George Bell (Fayetteville, NC/Britt HS) would add his 18th score of the year at the end of the first half, catching a nine-yard toss from Roach for a 28-0 lead at the break.  Presley would strike again early in the third quarter as he recovered a fumble at midfield and returned it 49 yards for his second score of the day.

Senior Joe Mitchell (Tallahasse, FL/Florida HS) scored the final touchdown of the afternoon as he hauled in a 33-yard pass from Roach near the end of the third quarter.  Jared Temple (Durham, NC/N. Durham HS) capped the scoring on a 22-yard field goal with 2:30 left.

Catawba totaled 428 yards to 157 for the Bears.  Freshman Andrew Courman (Beaufort, NC) led a Bear rushing attack with 74 yards, while fellow freshman James Pone (Wilson, NC) added 60 yards.  Quarterback Dennis Hickman (Iron Station, NC) had a rough day as he completed 5-of-15 passes for 30 yards and was sacked three times.  Marcus Shuford (Newton, NC) with 14 tackles, Dewayne Jones (Reidsville, NC), who had 13 stops, and Elshaun Carter (Greenville, NC), who added 12 tackles, including three for losses, led the Bear defense.

Freshman Tony Littlejohn (Charlotte, NC/Waddell HS) made eight stops for the Catawba defense.  Wilbur Pender (Franklinton, NC/Franklinton HS) had a pair of sacks with Presley scoring twice.

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«September 2017»
September 1

Volleyball vs. MONTEVALLO 3-2

September 2

Cross Country in CHICK-FIL-A INVITE W-2nd; M-3rd

Tennis (M) @ Belmont Abbey Individual Tourn. 

Volleyball vs. BELMONT ABBEY 1-3

Volleyball vs. CHOWAN 3-0

Soccer (M) vs. ERSKINE 1-2

September 3

Soccer (W) @ Barton 2-0

September 6

Soccer (M) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 1-3

Soccer (W) vs. LIMESTONE 1-3

September 8

Cross Country @ Lenoir-Rhyne Invite W-3rd,M-3rd

Volleyball @ Winston-Salem St. 0-3

September 9

Tennis (W) @ Wingate Individual Tourn. (Day 1) 

Tennis (M) @ Wingate Individual Tourn. (Day 1) 

Football @ VMI 27-20

Soccer (M) @ Belmont Abbey 0-4

September 10

Tennis (W) @ Wingate Individual Tourn. (Day 2) 

Tennis (M) @ Wingate Individual Tourn. (Day 2) 

Soccer (W) vs. FLAGLER 0-4

September 15

Volleyball @ Mars Hill 3-1

September 16

Volleyball vs. TUSCULUM 2-3

Soccer (M) vs. MARS HILL 0-1

Football @ UNC Pembroke 41-9

Soccer (W) vs. MARS HILL 4-0

September 18

Golf (M) @ Queens Inv. - Day 1 (Club at Irish Creek)

September 19

Golf (M) @ Queens Inv. - Day 2 (Club at Irish Creek) 11th of 16

Volleyball @ Lenoir-Rhyne 0-3

September 20

Soccer (W) @ Newberry 2-1

Soccer (M) @ Newberry 2-4

September 22

Volleyball @ Lincoln Memorial 1-3

September 23

Cross Country @ Bulldog Stampede W-5th;M-9th

Golf (W) @ Battle at Old South - Day 1 (Old South GC)

Soccer (W) @ Coker 3-0

Volleyball @ Carson-Newman 0-3

Football vs. MARS HILL 37-13

Soccer (M) @ Coker 2-1

September 24

Golf (W) @ Battle at Old South - Day 2 (Old South GC) 15th of 18

September 25

Golf (M) @ King Inv - Day 1 (CC of Bristol)

September 26

Golf (M) @ King Inv - Day 2 (CC of Bristol) 8th of 10

Tennis (W) @ Pfeiffer 9-0

Volleyball vs. ANDERSON 0-3

September 27

Tennis (M) @ Pfeiffer 7-2

Soccer (W) vs. USC AIKEN 5-0

September 29

Tennis (W) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 1)

Tennis (M) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 1)

Cross Country @ Royals Challenge W-13th;M-14th

Volleyball vs. QUEENS 0-3

September 30

Tennis (W) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 2) 

Tennis (M) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 2) 

Football @ Carson-Newman 18-31

Volleyball vs. WINGATE 0-3

Soccer (W) vs. GEORGIA COLLEGE 1-3

Soccer (M) vs. LANDER 3-6

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