Football wins home opener over Fayetteville State

SALISBURY, NC -- Catawba College, ranked 19th in the AFCA NCAA II Coaches Poll, defeated visiting Fayetteville State 27-14 on Saturday afternoon at Salisbury High Schoolís Ludwig Stadium. The Indians used two fourth down stands in the second half and returned an interception for a score to improve to 2-1 on the year. Fayetteville State falls to 2-1. The Tribe took an early lead on its first possession, marching 74 yards in 12 plays. Luke Samples (Elkin, NC) hooked up with Cedric Squirewell (Ridgeway, SC) from 21 yards out on a third-and-20 for a 7-0 lead. The Broncos failed on fourth down on its first drive, then raced 80 yards on four plays to even the score with 56 seconds left in the opening quarter. DeAngelo Bridgers ((Tarboro, NC) capped the drive on a 38-yard run. Catawba regained its advantage with just under four minutes to play in the half. Samples again converted a third and long, this time to O.J. Lennon (Greensboro, NC), also from 21 yards out for a 14-7 lead. The Broncos drove inside the Tribe 10 in the final seconds of the half, but freshman Samario Houston (Charlotte, NC) broke up a pass in the end zone on the final play of the half. After the break, Marcus Hicks (Oxford, NC) deflected a pass which was intercepted by Jamel Jackson (Concord, NC), who returned it 61 yards to give the Indians a 21-7 lead just 54 seconds into the second half. It was the second interception of the game for Jackson, who has four in three games. Fayetteville State wasted little time in closing the deficit as Kamal Watkins (Badin, NC) took the ensuing kickoff 94 yards to make the score 21-14at the 13:40 mark of the third quarter. Catawba came up with two defensive stops on fourth down on the next two Bronco possessions to stay in front. Richard Scott (Candor, NC) helped stop the Broncos on a fourth-and-one at the Tribe 13 and Houston made a stop for a loss on a fourth-and-six at the Catawba 30. Late in the third quarter, Allan Rohrbaugh (Lexington, NC) gave the Tribe a 24-14 cushion with a 40-yard field goal and added a 26-yarder with 10:44 remaining for the 27-14 advantage. The second kick came after an interception by Maurice Price (Charlotte, NC) at the Tribe 30. Houston recovered a Bronco fumble at midfield on the next FSU possession and Catawba ran out the final 5:39 of the game. Rodney Wallace (Bamberg, SC) led the Tribe ground game, totaling 115 yard for the second straight week. Samples was 19-of-32 passing for 276 yards and a pair of scoring tosses. During the win, Nick Means (Thomasville, NC) set the Catawba record for career receiving yards, now with 2,111. He broke Ike Hillís record of 2,089 yards set in 1969. Bridgers ran for 101 yards to lead the Broncos, while Duane Taylor (Greensboro, NC) completed 14-of-28 passes for 161 yards and was intercepted three times. Houston led the Tribe defense with 14 tackles, including two for losses, with a fumble recovery and a pass break up. Phil Crumb (Raleigh, NC) and Brian Holliday (Fayetteville, NC) each made 16 stops for Fayetteville State. #####

Today's Events

Softball vs CARSON-NEWMAN, 1:00Stats
Baseball @ Wingate, 3:00Stats
Softball vs CARSON-NEWMAN, 3:00Stats
Lacrosse (W) vs. TUSCULUM, 4:00VideoStats
Baseball @ Wingate, 6:00Stats
Lacrosse (M) vs. TUSCULUM, 7:00VideoStats


«April 2018»
April 3

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

Softball @ Newberry 5-2

Tennis (W) @ JC Smith 9-0

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 (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 3-6

Tennis (M) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 4-5

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

April 6

Tennis (W) vs. MARS HILL 9-0

Tennis (M) vs. MARS HILL 8-1

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

Softball @ Anderson 0-4

Baseball vs. NEWBERRY 8-6

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 1 p.m.

Softball vs CARSON-NEWMAN 3 p.m.

Baseball @ Wingate 3 p.m.

Lacrosse (W) vs. TUSCULUM 4 p.m.

Baseball @ Wingate 6 p.m.

Lacrosse (M) vs. TUSCULUM 7 p.m.

April 24

Lacrosse (M) in SAC Tournament (1st Round)

Lacrosse (W) in SAC Tournament (1st Round)

Baseball vs. UNC PEMBROKE 5 p.m.

April 26

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

April 27

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

Lacrosse (M) @ SAC Tournament (Semifinals)

Lacrosse (W) @ SAC Tournament (Semifinals)

Softball @ SAC Tournament

April 28

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

Softball @ SAC Tournament

April 29

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

Lacrosse (M) @ SAC Tournament (Championship)

Lacrosse (W) @ SAC Tournament (Championship)

April 30

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

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