Football's Upset Bid Falls A Foot Short in OT Loss to Mars Hill


SALISBURY, NC -- Mars Hill stopped Catawba twice at the one-yard-line in overtime and escaped and upset bid by host Catawba, winning 31-28 in South Atlantic Conference football action on Saturday afternoon at Shuford Stadium and Kirkland Field.  The 25th-ranked Lions improve to 6-1 overall and 4-0 in the SAC, while the Catawba Indians fall to 2-5 and 1-3.

In overtime, Mars Hill converted a fourth-and-16 play on its first series and was able to get a 36-yard field goal from Michael Pinkerton (Bogart, GA) to take the 31-28 lead.  The Indians needed a half yard at the one for a first down on its possession, but quarterback Jake Charest (Charlotte, NC/Butler HS/Illinois) got no gain on third down and Josh Wright (Raeford, NC/Hoke Co. HS/W. Carolina) came up a foot short of a first down on fourth down.

After a scoreless third quarter, Mars Hill grabbed a 28-21 lead on a 71-yard scoring run by Jonas Randolph (Daleville, AL).  The senior finished with 331 yards on 46 carries.  Catawba was able to answer back when Charest tossed a 13-yard pass to Bobby Morrison (Statesville, NC/W. Iredell HS) with 8:27 remaining.  A 39-yard run by Charest set up the score.

Catawba scored on the game’s opening play when Charest found his brother, Nate Charest (Charlotte, NC/Butler HS) for a 75 yard score.  Mars Hill then scored three times to take a 21-7 edge.  Jon Richt (Watkinsville, GA) had touchdown passes to Patrick Park (Anaheim, CA), Josh Crumpton (Pickens, SC) and Dimitri Holmes (Athens, GA) to give the Lions its edge early in the second quarter.

Catawba freshman Trey Mashore (Woodleaf, NC/W. Rowan HS) got the Indians back in it after the third Mars Hill score, taking a kickoff return from three yards deep in his end zone for a touchdown.  The Indians got a fourth-down interception by Jumal Rolle (Charlotte, NC/Butler HS) to set up the tying score midway through the second quarter.  Charest ran in from two yards away to tie the game at 21-all.

Mars Hill finished with 552 total yards, including 375 on the ground.  Richt was 18-of-37 through the air for 177 yards and the three scores.  Charest completed 10-of-16 passes for Catawba for 137 yards and two touchdowns.  He added 54 on the ground.  Wright led the Indian rushing attack with 85 yards.

Jasper Mason (Columbus, GA) was in on 15 tackles for Mars Hill, including a sack.  He was in on the key third down stop in overtime.  Corey Johnson (Fayetteville, NC/Britt HS) and Lakeem Perry (Louisburg, NC/Louisburg HS) each had 14 tackles for Catawba.


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«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) 

Baseball @ Wingate 6 p.m.

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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