Six Turnovers Leads to Frustrating Loss at Wingate


WINGATE, N.C. -- After rolling up over 500 yards for the past two weeks, Catawba's offense was limited to less than 300 yards, committed six turnovers and surrendered a pair of safeties in a frustrating 30-19 loss to Wingate on Saturday afternoon at Belk Stadium.  The Bulldogs improve to 4-2 overall and 1-2 in the South Atlantic Conference, while the Catawba Indians drop to 3-3 and 2-2.

Mike Sheehan (Wilmington, N.C./Laney HS) completed just 11-of-30 passes for 167 yards, was intercepted five times and sacked three times.  His bright spot was a 57-yard scoring strike to Gary Williams (Southport, N.C./S. Brunswick HS) that cut a deficit to 13-9 midway through the second quarter.  Williams had three catches on the day for 71 yards.

Catawba missed a field goal on its opening drive and Nestor Lantigua hit a 60-yard run on the first offensive play for the Bulldogs.  That set up the first score, a seven-yard pass from Kyle Johnson to Jordan Berry.  That duo would put more points on the scoreboard for Wingate after Catawba's first interception of the game.  Berry made the 15-yard grab to make it 13-3.

Wingate answered Catawba's score that cut the lead to 13-9 with a quick strike on Johnson's 40-yard pass to Cameron Leviner.  The Bulldogs took that 19-9 edge to the break. 

A bad snap on a Bulldog punt led to a Catawba score midway through the third quarter.  Sheehan ran it in from 14 yards out to make it 19-16.  Following an interception by Gabe Evans (Fayetteville, N.C./Pine Forest HS) the Indians tied the game on a 27-yard field goal by Chad Hollandsworth (Kernersville, N.C./E. Forsyth HS).

Mark McDaniel (China Grove, N.C./S. Rowan HS) ended the next Wingate drive with an interception at the two-yard-line with 1:18 to go in third quarter, but the Bulldogs would shut down Catawba's offense from there.  The Indians spent the fourth quarter backed up to its own goal line with four drives starting inside their own 10.  The biggest play was a third-down interception by Jon Jimenez at the Catawba 33 that turned into a Lantigua four-yard run, giving Wingate a 26-19 lead with 9:25 to play.

A miscue on a snap led to the first Wingate safety with 6:08 remaining and Sheehan was called for intentional grounding in the end zone on the Tribe's next possession to make it 30-19 with 3:56 to go.  Catawba was held to just two net yards in the fourth quarter.

Johnson went 17-of-38 in the air for Wingate, totaling 196 yards.  He threw three touchdowns and was intercepted three times.  Lantigua picked up 115 yards on the ground, while Berry caught eight passes for 81 yards and two scores.

Jason Taylor (Bahama, N.C./Northern HS) posted a dozen tackles for Catawba on defense.  Kyle Kitchens (Decatur, Ga./Decatur HS) and Derrick Lee (Siler City, N.C./Jordan-Matthews HS) had sacks, while Michael Peppers (Clemson, N.C./Daniel HS) joined Evans and McDaniel with an interception.

Catawba travels to UNC Pembroke next Saturday for a 1 pm kickoff at Johnson Stadium.

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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 W-10th,M-10th

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

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

February 21

Tennis (M) vs. BELMONT ABBEY 6-3

Basketball (W) @ Newberry 39-59

Basketball (M) @ Newberry 84-92

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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