Turnovers Costly as Football Falls at WCU 35-17


CULLOWHEE, N.C. -- Western Carolina pulled away in the second half and posted a 35-17 win over visiting Catawba on Saturday afternoon at Waters Field.  WCU quarterback Troy Mitchell threw for two touchdowns ran for a third to lead the Catamounts, who improve to 2-1.  The Catawba Indians fall to 1-1.

Mitchell went 16-of-27 through the air for 223 yards and his two scores.  He ran for 17 yards and a key score that gave WCU a 21-10 lead midway through the third quarter.  Darius Ramsey led the Catamount ground game with 56 yards on 11 carries.

Mike Sheehan (Wilmington, N.C./Laney HS) threw a pair of TD passes for the Indians, but was also intercepted twice.  He went 21-of-36 passing for 236 yards.  Gary Williams (Southport, N.C./S. Brunswick HS) was the favorite target, grabbing a career-high seven passes for 94 yards. 

The Catamounts went up 14-0 in the opening quarter, using a pair of long touchdown passes from Mitchell.  The first covered 44 yards to Spearman Robinson just five minutes into the contest.  Mitchell later found Willie Police for a 56-yard score at the 3:04 mark of the quarter.

Catawba rebounded after the early deficit and outplayed the Catamounts in the second quarter.  The Indian defense limited WCU to just 79 yards outside of the two long scoring plays. 

Early in the second quarter, Catawba cut its deficit in half as Williams made a diving catch on a throw from Sheehan that covered 20 yards and made it 14-7.  The Indians appeared to be marching for more points at the end of the half, but after a catch and run inside the WCU five, Tyler Hamilton (Charlotte, N.C./Vance HS) fumbled and the Catamounts ran out the final minute of the clock.

The Indians closed the gap to 14-10 on its first possession of the second half as Chad Hollandsworth (Kernersville, N.C./E. Forsyth HS) converted a 39-yard field goal.  WCU responded from there, scoring touchdowns on three of its next four possessions.

Mitchell ran in from 19 yards to make it 21-10 at the 7:58 mark of the third quarter.  Newsome added a pair of touchdown runs early in the fourth quarter, the second after a Catawba fumble in its in red zone, to make it 35-10 with 10:40 remaining.

Sheehan guided Catawba to one final score, hitting Carlos Tarrats (Jacksonville, Fla./Raines HS) from six yards out with 7:47 to play.  Trey Mashore (Woodleaf, N.C./W. Rowan HS) helped set up the score with a catch and run of 33 yards.

Catawba held a slight edge in total yardage, outgaining WCU 368 to 365.  The Catamounts held a 22-20 edge in first downs.

David Burgess (Morganton, N.C./Freedom HS) led the Indians on the ground with 52 yards on 13 carries.  Philip George (Columbia, S.C./Kenan HS/Coastal Carolina) had nine tackles, while Jason Taylor (Bahama, N.C./Northern HS) had a sack among his seven stops.

Catawba opens South Atlantic Conference play next Saturday as the Indians head to Newberry to face the Wolves at 6 p.m.

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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 

Golf (W) @ Converse Invite - Day 1 (Carolina CC) 

February 20

Golf (W) @ Converse Invite - Day 2 (Carolina CC)

Baseball @ Mount Olive 3 p.m.

Lacrosse (W) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 4 p.m.

February 21

Tennis (M) vs. BELMONT ABBEY 2 p.m.

Basketball (W) @ Newberry 6 p.m.

Basketball (M) @ Newberry 8 p.m.

February 23

Swimming @ Royal Open (Day 1)

Tennis (W) @ Mount Olive 2 p.m.

Tennis (M) @ Mount Olive 2 p.m.

Lacrosse (M) vs. CHOWAN 3 p.m.

Baseball vs. COKER 6 p.m.

Lacrosse (W) vs. ROLLINS 7 p.m.

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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