Football Heads to Wingate Saturday in Search of Back-to-Back Wins


The Catawba football team will try to put together consecutive wins for the first time this season as it travels to Wingate this Saturday for a 1:30 pm kickoff. Both teams enter with 3-2 overall records with the Catawba Indians standing 2-1 in the SAC and the Bulldogs sitting at 0-2 in the league.

Catawba’s offense has been putting up solid numbers this year, gaining over 450 total in four of the five games.  The last two outings, against Carson-Newman and Tusculum, the Indians rolled up over 500 yards in consecutive games for the first time in school history.

Against Tusculum, Catawba produced a pair of 100-yard rushers for the first time since 2004.  Cary Littlejohn led the way 104 yards and went over 100 yards for the second time in three weeks.  Quarterback Mike Sheehan added 102 yards to notch a career-high.  Two other backs, freshman Eamon Smart (81 yards) and sophomore David Burgess (79 yards), also posted career highs.

Mark McDaniel had a big day on defense for the Indians against the Pioneers.  He started the game by intercepting a Tusculum pass on the Catawba goal line to end the Pioneers’ first drive.  He later forced two fumbles, broke up two more passes and recorded a tackle for loss.

While Catawba has won two of its last three outings, the Bulldogs have dropped two of their last three.  After two opening wins, Wingate fell to nationally-ranked Lenoir-Rhyne, beat UNC Pembroke and lost to Newberry last week. 

Jon Jimenez got Wingate off to a quick start at Newberry, returning an interception 55 yards for a score less than three minutes into the game.  Newberry followed with three unanswered touchdowns to lead 21-7 at the break.  The Bulldogs were held to just 140 total yards in the loss. 

For Catawba this season, the Indians are averaging nearly 480 yards of offense a game.  Sheehan has been solid as the signal caller, completing 65% of his passes with 10 touchdowns to only three interceptions. 

The running game has been balanced with five backs, including Sheehan, averaging over four yards per carry.  Littlejohn leads the team in rushing with 318 yards, followed by Burgess with 269.  Gary Williams tops the team with 22 receptions and is followed closely by Carlos Tarrats and Tyler Hamilton, both with 20 catches.

Jason Taylor continues to lead the defense with 42 tackles.  He shares the team lead in tackles for loss with Jamal Lackey as each have six on the year.  Six players have posted sacks and five have recorded interceptions.

For Wingate, quarterback Kyle Johnson is hitting on just over 60% of his attempts and is averaging 193 yards a contest.  He has thrown for five scores and been picked off five times.  His top target is Jordan Berry, who has made 23 receptions for 290 yards and a pair of scores.  Nestor Lantigua leads the ground game with 246 yards and two touchdowns.

On defense, Wingate is allowing just 314 yards per game and just under 20 points per outing.  Defensive end Nick Napolitano has posted three and half sacks and seven stops for losses. 

Catawba leads the overall series with Wingate 19-11 and holds a 16-10 edge since the Bulldogs became a four-year institution.  Wingate has won five of the last six match-ups with the past two years going down to the final minutes.  The Bulldogs claimed an overtime win in 2012 and eked out a 23-22 victory last year, rallying with three unanswered touchdowns in the final 20 minutes of play.

Game Notes

Today's Events

Swimming @ Bluegrass Mountain Championships (Day 4), Video
Softball vs SHIPPENSBURG, 3-4 LStats
Baseball vs. SHIPPENSBURG, 11-3 WStats
Softball vs. SHIPPENSBURG, 8-4 WStats
Lacrosse (M) @ Mount Olive, 3-15 LVideoStats
Basketball (W) vs. CARSON-NEWMAN, 49-80 LAudioVideoStats
Basketball (M) vs. CARSON-NEWMAN, 89-104 LAudioVideoStats


«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) 

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 noon

Baseball vs. SHIPPENSBURG noon

Lacrosse (W) @ UVA-Wise 2 p.m.

Softball vs BARTON 2 p.m.

Tennis (W) @ Elon 3 p.m.

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 22

Swimming @ Royal Open (Day 1)

February 23

Swimming @ Royal Open (Day 2)

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

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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