September 27, 2014
Football Comes Up Two Points Short in Shootout With C-N
SALISBURY, N.C. -- Catawba rolled up over 500 yards of total offense, but came up two points short of an upset of 19th-ranked Carson-Newman on Saturday afternoon at Shuford Stadium and Kirkland Field. The Eagles claimed the South Atlantic Conference win by the score of 35-33 to improve to 3-1 overall and 2-0 in the SAC. The Catawba Indians fall to 2-2 and 1-1.
De’Andre Thomas Milledgeville, Ga.) was the highlight for Carson-Newman. He ran for 104 yards, threw for 173 yards and accounted for five touchdowns. Thomas ran for the four Eagle scores then put C-N up 35-26 with just over six minutes to play on a 30-yard pass to TraShaun Ward (Miami, Fla.).
Catawba quarterback Mike Sheehan (Wilmington, N.C./Laney HS) threw for a career-best 387 yards and two scores. He completed 30-of-45 passes without an interception. Carlos Tarrats (Jacksonville, Fla./Raines HS) caught six of the passes, including a touchdown, and totaled 147 yards receiving. Tarrats has a TD catch in all four games for the Indians this season.
Carson-Newman jumped out quickly, scoring on its first two drives, as Thomas capped 14 and seven play drives with runs of three and 14 yards. Catawba nearly cut the score in half late in the quarter, but Tarrats was deemed to have fumbled an inch from the goal line which rolled out of the end zone for a touchback.
The Catawba defense came up with a big play after the turnover, causing a C-N fumble at midfield. Tarrats got his touchdown on this possession as he caught a 23-yard pass from Sheehan. Thomas and the Eagles came right back with the junior plunging in from the one midway through the second quarter.
Sheehan capped Catawba’s next drive with his own one-yard run to make it 21-14 and the Indians had a chance to get closer before the half, but missed on a 35-yard field goal attempt. Chad Hollandsworth (Kernersville, N.C./E. Forsyth HS) did connect on a 34-yard field goal to start the second half to pull the Indians within 21-17.
Thomas followed with his final scoring run, taking it in from five-yards out for a 28-17 edge. Another field goal from Hollandsworth, this one from 43 yards, made it 28-20 with 2:39 to go in the third quarter. Catawba held the Eagles and Cary Littlejohn (Columbus, N.C./Polk Co. HS) ran in from the seven to make it 28-26 with 12:18 to go. Catawba went for the tie, but Tyler Hamilton (Charlotte, N.C./Vance HS) was just on the end line to nullify the points.
Catawba made another stop, but were held by the Eagles on fourth down. C-N cashed in to go up 35-26 on Thomas’ pass to Ward. Sheehan got Catawba within 35-33 on a scoring pass to Gary Williams (Southport, N.C./S. Brunswick HS), but the Eagles were able to run out the final three minutes of the clock.
Andy Hibbett led Carson-Newman on the ground with 118 yards on 21 carries. Carson-Newman had 313 of its 486 total yards on the ground. Thomas went 11-of-16 in the air. Sha’heem Stupart (Taylors, S.C.) led the Eagles on defense with 10 tackles. Javaris Neal (Columbia, Tenn.) was in on a pair of sacks.
Jamal Lackey (Mocksville, N.C./Davie Co. HS) had13 tackles for Catawba with one for a loss. Jason Taylor (Bahama, N.C./Northern HS) made 10 stops.
Catawba will host Tusculum next Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
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