Trip to Hickory Pits Football Against Undefeated LR Squad


Catawba will be looking for its biggest upset since knocking off No. 1 ranked Valdosta State in the 2001 NCAA playoffs when football travels to third-ranked Lenoir-Rhyne on Saturday.  The game pits two long-time rivals who will be facing off for the 94th time. 

Catawba holds a 46-43-4 edge in the series, but have not tasted victory over the Bears since a 58-23 thrashing in 2008.  The Indians dominated the series from 1995 to 2008, losing just once in the 14 year span.  Since then, Lenoir-Rhyne has won five straight with an average margin of victory of 22 points a game.

Last year, the Bears pulled away from a 20-9 halftime lead to win 48-15 at Shuford Stadium.  Lenoir-Rhyne went on to make the NCAA II Championship game.  Isaiah Whitaker led the ground game against Catawba with 84 of the team’s 445 yards.  Graham Duncan added 73 yards and had two third-quarter touchdown runs that broke the game open.

Mike Sheehan made his first career start in last year’s match-up.  He completed 11-of-21 passes for 175 yards and ran for another 61.  He connected with Carlos Tarrats on a 74-yard touchdown for Catawba’s initial score.

Both teams claimed wins last week.  Catawba secured a winning season with a 28-17 victory over North Greenville, while Lenoir-Rhyne stayed unbeaten with a 42-7 win at Alderson-Broaddus.  The Bears have won 19 straight conference games dating back to the 2012 season.

Catawba used a strong effort in the second half to rally past North Greenville.  The defense shutout the Crusaders over the final 30 minutes for the second straight year and Sheehan had two short scoring runs to push the Indians to the win.  Cary Littlejohn ran for 112 yards in the victory, scoring once and moving past 1,000 yards in his career.

The Bears scored the final 42 points in a dominating performance over the Battlers.  Lenoir-Rhyne ran for 514 yards, getting 100+ yards and two touchdowns each from Chris Robinson and Michael Patrick.  Robinson totaled 114 yards with Patrick finishing with 108. 

Saturday will mark the fifth time a Catawba Indian football team has faced a team ranked in the top five of the AFCA poll.  Catawba has a 2-3 record against those teams, but have lost the last three and has not won since the 2001 overtime upset of Valdosta State.

Game Notes

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«September 2017»
September 1

Volleyball vs. MONTEVALLO 3-2

September 2

Cross Country in CHICK-FIL-A INVITE W-2nd; M-3rd

Tennis (M) @ Belmont Abbey Individual Tourn. 

Volleyball vs. BELMONT ABBEY 1-3

Volleyball vs. CHOWAN 3-0

Soccer (M) vs. ERSKINE 1-2

September 3

Soccer (W) @ Barton 2-0

September 6

Soccer (M) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 1-3

Soccer (W) vs. LIMESTONE 1-3

September 8

Cross Country @ Lenoir-Rhyne Invite W-3rd,M-3rd

Volleyball @ Winston-Salem St. 0-3

September 9

Tennis (W) @ Wingate Individual Tourn. (Day 1) 

Tennis (M) @ Wingate Individual Tourn. (Day 1) 

Football @ VMI 27-20

Soccer (M) @ Belmont Abbey 0-4

September 10

Tennis (W) @ Wingate Individual Tourn. (Day 2) 

Tennis (M) @ Wingate Individual Tourn. (Day 2) 

Soccer (W) vs. FLAGLER 0-4

September 15

Volleyball @ Mars Hill 3-1

September 16

Volleyball vs. TUSCULUM 2-3

Soccer (M) vs. MARS HILL 0-1

Football @ UNC Pembroke 41-9

Soccer (W) vs. MARS HILL 4-0

September 18

Golf (M) @ Queens Inv. - Day 1 (Club at Irish Creek)

September 19

Golf (M) @ Queens Inv. - Day 2 (Club at Irish Creek) 11th of 16

Volleyball @ Lenoir-Rhyne 0-3

September 20

Soccer (W) @ Newberry 2-1

Soccer (M) @ Newberry 2-4

September 22

Volleyball @ Lincoln Memorial 1-3

September 23

Cross Country @ Bulldog Stampede W-5th;M-9th

Golf (W) @ Battle at Old South - Day 1 (Old South GC)

Soccer (W) @ Coker 3-0

Volleyball @ Carson-Newman 0-3

Football vs. MARS HILL 37-13

Soccer (M) @ Coker 2-1

September 24

Golf (W) @ Battle at Old South - Day 2 (Old South GC) 15th of 18

September 25

Golf (M) @ King Inv - Day 1 (CC of Bristol)

September 26

Golf (M) @ King Inv - Day 2 (CC of Bristol) 8th of 10

Tennis (W) @ Pfeiffer 9-0

Volleyball vs. ANDERSON 0-3

September 27

Tennis (M) @ Pfeiffer 7-2

Soccer (W) vs. USC AIKEN 5-0

September 29

Tennis (W) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 1)

Tennis (M) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 1)

Cross Country @ Royals Challenge W-13th;M-14th

Volleyball vs. QUEENS 0-3

September 30

Tennis (W) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 2) 

Tennis (M) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 2) 

Football @ Carson-Newman 18-31

Volleyball vs. WINGATE 0-3

Soccer (W) vs. GEORGIA COLLEGE 1-3

Soccer (M) vs. LANDER 3-6

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Soccer (M) Team Photo