Football's Upset Bid at Carson-Newman Falls Short

Morman equaled a school record with 13 receptions in loss


JEFFERSON CITY, TN -- Carson-Newman won a see-saw affair with Catawba by the score of 41-31 in South Atlantic Conference football action on Saturday afternoon at Burke-Tarr Stadium.  Alex Good led the Eagles, passing for 188 yards and four touchdowns, while running for 179 yards and two scores as C-N improves to 5-2 overall and 3-0 in the SAC.  The Catawba Indians fall to 3-3 and 0-3.

Reggie Hubbard caught five of Good’s passes for 139 yards and two scores.  The Eagles out-gained Catawba 547 to 451 in total yards.  Patrick Dennis (Durham, NC/Cedar Ridge HS) threw for 311 yards for Catawba and three scores off the bench.  The favorite target was Eric Morman (Rockingham, NC/Richmond Co. HS), who equaled the school record with 13 catches, totaling 128 yards.

The Indians held a 10-7 lead at the half.  On its opening drive, Catawba moved to the Eagle 30 before stalling.  After holding C-N on a three and out, the Indians marched back down the field and got on the board on a 27-yard field goal by Thomas Trexler (Wilmington, NC/New Hanover HS) at the 5:39 mark of the opening quarter.

Catawba kept the Eagles from scoring on its next two possessions as L.J. McCray (Charlotte, NC/Harding HS) intercepted a pass and Brandon Sutton (Snow Hill, NC/Greene Central HS) blocked a field goal try.  It marked the fifth straight game that the Indian special teams have blocked a kick.

The Carson-Newman defense came up big following the blocked kick as Mario Russell stripped Antonio Hall (Greensboro, NC/NE Guilford HS), giving the Eagles the ball at the Catawba 40.  Six plays later Good dove in from a yard out to give C-N a 7-3 lead with 10:43 left before the half.

Catawba answered that drive with a score of its own.  Three plays into the drive, quarterback Cameron Sexton (Laurinburg, NC/Scotland Co. HS) left the game with a concussion and Dennis led the Tribe the final 34 yards to retake the lead.  Dennis converted two third downs, the last coming a 12-yard scoring strike to Morman with 5:47 before the break.

Carson-Newman grabbed the lead on its first possession of the second half, going to the air.  After Good completed a 39-yard pass to Hubbard, he connected with Doug Belk on third down for a 35-yard score.  Sutton blocked the PAT to keep Catawba within a field goal at 13-10.  The Eagles were driving for a two-score edge, but Terrence Porter (Roanoke Rapids, NC/Roanoke Rapids HS) knocked the ball from Good at the Catawba five and Sutton recovered.

Colby McCanna (Laurinburg, NC/Scotland Co. HS) bailed Catawba out of bad field position with a 53-yard punt and after the defense held, the Indians drove to retake the lead.  A 41-yard pass from Dennis to Gerron Bryant (W. Palm Beach, FL/Boynton Beach HS) on third down set Catawba up at the Eagle 20.  Three plays later, Dennis tossed a swing pass to Brandon Bunn (Virginia Beach, VA/Fork Union), who broke a tackle at the 10 and scored to give Catawba a 17-13 edge.  It marked Bunn’s seventh touchdown of the season.

Carson-Newman went back on top on the ensuing possession.  Hubbard caught a 23-yard pass from Good to cap the 66-yard drive.  The Eagles went up 27-17 with 9:05 left on a 12-yard pass from Good to Buck Wakefield.  Reggie Melton set up the score with a 53-yard run.

Catawba answered quickly.  After a 41-yard kickoff return by Hall just across midfield, Dennis guided the Indians to a score in six plays.  He capped the drive with an eight-yard pass to Bunn.  Jaspen Gray (Advance, NC/Davie Co. HS) provided a huge play as he recovered a loose ball on the ensuing kickoff.  Dennis hit Bryant to the Eagle three and Hall carried over from there to give the Indians a 31-27 edge with just over five minutes remaining.

Good delivered again throwing a 48-yard pass to Hubbard with 3:51 left.  Catawba marched into Eagle territory, but Dennis was stopped a yard-short on a fourth-down scramble.  Good would score two plays later from 55-yards out with 1:57 left.

Sexton completed 11-of-16 passes for 77 yards before leaving the game early in the second quarter.  Freshman Cory Johnson (Fayetteville, NC/Britt HS) led the defense with 10 tackles.  The loss marks the first time since 1986 that Catawba has lost its first three SAC games. 

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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 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 6-3

Tennis (M) @ Mount Olive 0-9

Lacrosse (M) vs. CHOWAN 27-12

Baseball vs. COKER 26-1

Lacrosse (W) vs. ROLLINS 5-16

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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