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Football Tops Newberry 37-34 in Double Overtime

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NEWBERRY, S.C. -- Mike Sheehan (Wilmington, N.C./Laney HS) threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Carlos Tarrats (Jacksonville, Fla./Raines HS), lifting Catawba to a 37-34 double overtime win over host Newberry on Saturday night at Setzler Field in both teams' South Atlantic Conference football opener.  The Catawba Indians improve to 2-1 overall, while the Wolves fall to 1-2.

The final pass marked the second time on the night that Sheehan and Tarrats hooked up for a score and came after the Indians held Newberry to a field goal on its offensive possession.  Both teams scored a touchdown in the first overtime.  Catawba was the first to score on a one-yard run by David Burgess (Morganton, N.C./Freedom HS).  The Wolves survived after getting a pass interference call on fourth down then tying the game when W.T. Murden threw a touchdown pass to Jalen Cook.

Sheehan completed 15-of-26 passes for 241 yards and the two touchdowns, both to Tarrats.  He also ran for a score.  Tarrats totaled four catches on the night for 67 yards.  Tyler Hamilton (Charlotte, N.C./Vance HS) made five receptions for 41 yards.  Cary Littlejohn (Columbus, N.C./Polk Co. HS) topped the 100-yard mark with 117 yards on 11 carries.

Murden had four touchdown passes for Newberry, completing 26-of39 passes for 321 yards.  Byron  Dickerson made five catches for 95 yards and two scores.  Cook also had five catches along with Jackson Swindler.  Ryan Barnwell led a balanced rushing attack with 53 yards.

Catawba had a chance to win at the end of regulation in a frantic final few minutes.  On the final play of regulation Chad Hollandsworth (Kernersville, N.C./E. Forsyth HS) had his 35-yard field sail just wide to the right after a high snap.  The Indians could have had a better opportunity a minute earlier, but a fumble on a handoff at the Newberry five denied the chance.  Rai Smith (Spartanburg, S.C./Dorman HS) got the ball right back for the Indians, intercepting Murden on the first play.

The teams played to an even first half, going to the locker room tied at 17-17.  Each team scored on their opening drive.  Newberry drew first blood as Murden connected with Dickerson for a 37-yard score. 

Catawba was backed up to its own 10 to start its initial drive, but Littlejohn ripped off a 77-yard run to set the Indians up at the Newberry eight.  After a pair of negative plays, Sheehan threw a 15-yard pass to Tarrats for an apparent touchdown, only to have it called back for a penalty.  The duo came right back on the next play for a 20-yard score to tie the game.

The Wolves retook the lead in the second quarter, cashing in a 14-play, 70-yard drive on another pass from Murden to Dickerson.  This time from 17 yards away.  Catawba answered on its next drive, aided by a roughing the kicker penalty on a punt.  Two plays after the penalty, Trey Mashore (Woodleaf, N.C./W. Rowan HS) raced 35 yards for a touchdown.

The teams traded field goals in the final six minutes of the half.  Kyle Clark connected from 21 yards for Newberry and Hollandsworth  from 41 yards away for the Indians.  The Wolves missed a chance to take lead at the end of the half, but Clark missed from 40 yards.

Catawba took its first lead of the night midway through the third quarter on Sheehan's 23-yard run at the 7:47 mark.  Sheehan had set up the opportunity with a 51-yard completion to Brandon Brown (Durham, N.C./N. Durham HS).  Newberry answered as Murden threw a 45-yard pass to John Gadson then a five-yard TD pass to Ozzie Exume.  That would be all the scoring until the overtime.

The teams combined for nearly 1,000 yards of offense.  Newberry had a slight edge 489 yards to 471 yards for the Indians. 

Jason Taylor (Bahama, N.C./Northern HS) had a huge game on defense for Catawba making 16 tackles, including two for losses.  Ed Robinson (Callahan, Fla./Paxon School) had 10 stops with a sack.

Catawba will host Carson-Newman for its home opener next weekend.  Kickoff at Shuford Stadium is set for 1:30 p.m.

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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

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«February 2018»
1
February 1

Baseball @ Nova Southeastern 5-8

2
February 2

Baseball @ Palm Beach Atlantic 0-11

3
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

4
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.

56
February 6

Baseball @ Belmont Abbey 5-6

7
February 7

Basketball (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 56-61

Basketball (M) vs.LENOIR-RHYNE 84-77

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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

10
February 10

Baseball vs. PALM BEACH ATLANTIC 6-5

Lacrosse (W) vs. FLORIDA SOUTHERN 6-24

Basketball (M) @ Bluefield St. 76-55

1112
February 12

Golf (M) @ Spring Invite Intercollegiate - Day 1 (Fleming Isl. GC)

13
February 13

Golf (M) @ Spring Invite Intercollegiate - Day 2 (Fleming Isl. GC) 14th of 17

14
February 14

Swimming @ Bluegrass Mountain Championships (Day 1)

Baseball vs. BELMONT ABBEY 5-7

Basketball (W) @ Coker 63-60

Basketball (M) @ Coker 79-77

15
February 15

Swimming @ Bluegrass Mountain Championships (Day 2)

Softball @ Belmont Abbey 3-4

Softball @ Belmont Abbey 3-2

Lacrosse (W) vs. CONVERSE 16-6

16
February 16

Swimming @ Bluegrass Mountain Championships (Day 3)

Baseball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 11-2

17
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

18
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

19
February 19

Track/Field @ SAC Indoor Championships W-10th,M-10th

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

20
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

21
February 21

Tennis (M) vs. BELMONT ABBEY 6-3

Basketball (W) @ Newberry 39-59

Basketball (M) @ Newberry 84-92

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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

24
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.

25
February 25

Softball vs YOUNG HARRIS 1 p.m.

Lacrosse (M) vs. FLORIDA SOUTHERN 1 p.m.

Softball vs. YOUNG HARRIS 3 p.m.

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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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