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Football rolls to 31-3 win over Newberry

   SALISBURY, NC -- Red-shirt freshman Luke Samples (Elkin, NC) threw four touchdown passes to lead Catawba College, ranked sixth in the AFCA Coaches Poll, past visiting Newberry 31-3 in South Atlantic Conference football action on Saturday afternoon at Shuford Stadium.  The win by Catawba was its 21st straight regular-season victory and improved the Indians to 5-0 overall and 3-0 in the SAC.  Newberry falls to 3-2 and 0-2.  Catawba also recorded its 15th straight league win.   Catawba took the opening kickoff and drove 70 yards in 11 plays to grab a 7-0 lead.  Samples found Nick Means (Thomasville, NC) for the score from 11 yards out.  That would be the only score of the opening quarter, but Catawba began to pull away late in the first half.

   Samples and Means would deliver again with six minutes left in the half, this time from four yards out, to push the lead to 14-0.  Catawba drove to the Newberry four on its next possession, but failed to convert on a field goal try with 55 seconds remaining.  Newberry would give the ball right back to Catawba, fumbling on its second play, and Catawba took over on the seven with 17 seconds left.  On third down, Samples threw a fade in the end zone to Arnold Gaither (Turnersburg, NC) for a score and a 21-0 lead at the break.  

   Catawba added a pair of scores in the third quarter.  Matt Gross (Hendersonville, NC) kicked a 44-yard field goal and Samples threw a 62-yard strike to Gaither at the 5:24 mark for a 31-0 lead.  Newberry's lone score came at the start of the fourth quarter on B.J. Griffin's (Lancaster, SC) 27-yard field goal.

   Samples completed 15-of-20 passes for 268 yards, making just his second start.  Freshman Rodney Wallace (Bamberg, SC) rushed for 61 yards, with 57 coming in the opening half.  Catawba totaled 415 yards and held Newberry to 205 and just 93 on the ground to a team averaging over 230 yards per game.  Chad Tackett (Swansea, SC) led Newberry on the ground with 53 yards, while red-shirt freshman quarterback Brian Shealy (Leesville, SC) threw for 114 yards, completing 12-of-25 passes.


                               Box Score (Final)
Newberry Indians vs Catawba Indians (Sept. 29, 2001 at Salisbury, NC)

  Score by Quarters     1  2  3  4   Score
  -----------------    -- -- -- --   -----
  Newberry Indians (3-2, 0-2)  0  0  0  3  -  3
  Catawba Indians (5-0, 3-0)  7 14 10  0  - 31

  Scoring Summary:
 1st quarter
CC - 10:37- Nick Means 11 pass from Luke Samples (Matt Gross kick)
 2nd Quarter
CC - 06:09 - Means 4 pass from Samples (Gross kick)
CC - 00:05 - Arnold Gaither 5 pass from Samples (Gross kick)
  3rd Quarter
CC - 10:24 - Gross 44 FG
CC - 05:24 - Gaither 62 pass from Samples (Gross kick)
  4th Quarter
NC - 14:47 - B.J. Griffin 27 FG


                                       NC      CAT
  FIRST DOWNS...................       12       18
  RUSHES-YARDS (NET)............    40-93   42-147
  PASSING YDS (NET).............      114      268
  Passes Att-Comp-Int...........  26-12-1  21-15-2
  TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS.....   66-207   63-415
  Fumble Returns-Yards..........      0-0      0-0
  Punt Returns-Yards............      3-5     1-10
  Kickoff Returns-Yards.........     5-80     1-20
  Interception Returns-Yards....      2-0      1-0
  Punts (Number-Avg)............   6-30.8   3-38.0
  Fumbles-Lost..................      3-2      6-1
  Penalties-Yards...............     3-14     4-25
  Possession Time...............    31:04    28:56
  Sacks By: Number-Yards........     1-10      1-5

  RUSHING: Newberry Indians-Chad Tackett 16-53; Shawn Carnes 6-22; Brian Shealy 14-12; Sherel Anderson 1-5; Chris Gibbs 3-1. Catawba Indians-Rodney Wallace 10-61; Devan Hedrick 7-22; Tony Hawkins 5-18; Mark Melvin 4-17; Luke Samples 11-16; Antwaun Hillary 2-8; Marcus Bland 3-5.

  PASSING: Newberry Indians-Brian Shealy 12-25-1-114; Brooks Guyton 0-1-0-0.
  Catawba Indians-Luke Samples 15-20-1-268; Antwaun Hillary 0-1-1-0.

  RECEIVING: Newberry Indians-Kendal Brown 4-41; Sentell Peake 4-35; Chad Tackett 2-7; Daniel Norris 1-26; Michael Bailey 1-5. Catawba Indians-Cedric   Squirewell 5-81; Preston Lewis 3-49; Nick Means 3-27; Arnold Gaither 2-67; O.J. Lennon 2-44.

  INTERCEPTIONS: Newberry Indians-T. Jackson 2-0. Catawba Indians-David Hamilton 1-0.

  FUMBLES: Newberry Indians-Brian Shealy 1-0; Sherel Anderson 1-1; Chad Tackett 1-1. Catawba Indians-Luke Samples 4-0; O.J. Lennon 1-0; Antwaun Hillary 1-1.

 SACKS (UA-A): Newberry Indians-Alten Driggers 1-0. Catawba Indians-Darris Morris 1-0.

  TACKLES (UA-A): Newberry Indians-Todd Geter 1-7; Levi Stevens 5-2; Chad Keller 4-3; Jamie Fetterman 4-1; Ed Lockhart 3-2; Alten Driggers 3-2; Sheldon Riley 3-2; Nick Burr 1-4; Peyton Bennett 2-2; T. Jackson 2-1; Yarby Byrd 2-1; Roderick Elkins 1-2; Shawn Wilson 0-2; Lee Morris 1-0; Ray Cooper 1-0; J.R. Brown 0-1; Jason Wright 0-1; Robert Holley 0-1.
Catawba Indians-Shawn Sanders 4-5; Todd McComb 2-6; Jamel Jackson 4-2; Corey Reese 3-2; Piotr Kalinowski 1-4; Reggie Tucker 0-5; Marcus Hicks 2-2; Darris Morris 1-3; Shawn McBride 0-4; Jemonte Battle 0-4; Maurice Simpkins 2-1; Dustin Cox 1-2; James McDowell 0-3; Richard Scott 0-3; Khanis Hubbard 0-3; Maurice Price 2-0; David Huey 1-1; Chris Bullers 1-1; Kenny White 0-2; Eddie Wall 0-2; David Hamilton 1-0; Bret Brown 1-0; Grant Cain 1-0; Derrick Stokes 1-0; Daine Hedrick 0-1; Major Wilburn 0-1; Todd Sommerville 0-1; Ryan Norman   0-1; Bryant Harris 0-1.

  Stadium: Shuford               Attendance: 3774
  Kickoff time: 1:30   End of Game: 3:52  Total elapsed time: 2:22
  Officials: Referee: H. Denton; Umpire: J. Hibbett; Linesman: S. Stephenson; Line judge: D. McReynolds; Back judge: S. Maslin; Field judge: M. Hollifield; Side judge: D. Woods; Scorer: K. Lewis;
  Temperature: 68        Wind: N 5-15    Weather: Clear

  Catawba is ranked #6 in NCAA II AFCA Poll

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