Wright Runs Football Past Mars Hill 38-28


MARS HILL, NC -- Josh Wright (Raeford, NC/Hoke Co. HS/W. Carolina) ran for a career-high 152 yards and added three scores as Catawba knocked off Mars Hill 38-28 in South Atlantic Conference football action on Saturday afternoon at the Ammons Family Athletic Center and Meares Stadium.  With the win, the Catawba Indians stay atop the league standings improving to 6-2 overall and 4-1 in the SAC.  The Lions fall to 5-4 and 3-2.

The Indians rallied from a double-digit deficit for the second straight week, scoring 28 straight points in the second half after falling behind 21-10.  Catawba used a 35-yard kickoff return by Nate Charest (Charlotte, NC/Butler HS) to midfield to begin its comeback.  A 21-yard run by Rashaun Gaither (Yadkinville, NC/Starmount HS) led to a two-yard run by Wright to cut the deficit to 21-17.  After a Lion fumble, Patrick Dennis (Durham, NC/Cedar Ridge HS) threw a 60-yard strike to Gerron Bryant (W. Palm Beach, FL/Boynton Beach HS/Palm Beach CC) to put the Indians up 24-21 with 4:42 left in the third quarter.

Penalties hurt the next Mars Hill drive which was ended when Jumal Rolle (Wilson, NC/Beddingfield HS) intercepted Richt at the Catawba 10-yard line.  Wright burst through for a 58-yard run to get the Indians out of its own end, but the drive ended inside the Lion 10 on downs.  A bad snap on a punt led to the next Catawba score with Gaither running for 22 and Wright taking it in from the three.  Mars Hill failed to convert on a fourth-down try deep in its own end and Gaither salted the game away with a 22-yard scoring run.

Gaither nearly reached 100 yards to join Wright, finishing with 97 yards on nine carries.  Dennis completed 12-of-21 passes for 146 yards.  Jonas Randolph (Daleville, AL) led Mars Hill with 188 yards rushing and three scores.  Catawba limited the league’s top rusher to 41 yards in the second half.  Jon Richt (Watkinsville, GA) was 17-of-27 through the air for 245 yards.  P.J. Gore (N. Myrtle Beach, SC) had six catches for 125 yards.

Mars Hill fumbled the ball away on its first three possessions of the game and Catawba built a 10-0 lead early in the second quarter.  Damein Lee (Reidsville, NC/Reidsville HS) forced two of the fumbles and finished with two sacks and three stops for losses.  Wright got the first score after the Indians took over at the Lion five.  A Thomas Trexler (Wilmington, NC/New Hanover HS) 31-yard field goal pushed the lead to 10-0 with 12:45 to go in the half.

The Lions rallied back.  Randolph scored on a 47-yard run to pull Mars Hill within 10-7 and added a three-yard following a Catawba fumble to put the Lions up 14-10 with 3:35 to go in the half.  The Lions struck to start the second half as Richt threw an 81-yard pass to Gore to set up a short run by Randolph to give Mars Hill the 21-10 edge.  

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Today's Events

Swimming @ Royal Open (Day 2),
Baseball vs. COKER, 1:00VideoStats
Softball vs USC AIKEN, 1:00Stats
Basketball (W) @ Mars Hill, 2:00
Softball vs USC AIKEN, 3:00Stats
Baseball vs. COKER, 4:00VideoStats
Basketball (M) @ Mars Hill, 4:00


«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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