Football Puts Scare Into #3 LR Before Falling 27-21


HICKORY, N.C. -- Catawba gave third-ranked Lenoir-Rhyne a battle on Saturday afternoon at Moretz Stadium before falling to the Bears 27-21 in its final South Atlantic Conference football game of the season.  The Bears finish undefeated at 11-0 overall and 7-0 in the SAC, while the Catawba Indians end up 6-5 and 3-4.

Chris Robinson led Lenoir-Rhyne with 130 yards rushing and a score to pace an offense that totaled 447 yards, 361 on the ground.  Michael Patrick nearly reached 100 yards, finishing with 96 yards, while Jarrod Spears added 78.  Quarterback Miles Freeman ran for two scores and completed 5-of-11 passes for 86 yards.

Carlos Tarrats (Jacksonville, Fla./Raines HS) threw for a touchdown and caught a scoring pass for the Indians, both in the second half.  Cary Littlejohn (Columbus, N.C./Polk Co. HS) ran for a team-high 69 yards and a touchdown.

Robinson put LR on the board late in the first quarter on a two-yard run that capped a 14-play, 91-yard drive.  After a Catawba fumble on the ensuing drive, the Bears added a field goal for 10-0 lead at the 11:55 mark of the second quarter.

The Indians cut into the deficit late in the first half as Littlejohn went in from two yards out to cap an 89-yard drive with 2:24 left before the break.  The junior broke off runs of 18 and 11 yards to help set up his score.  Lenoir-Rhyne was able to answer that score in the final minute.  Freeman was able to score on a nine-yard run with 46 seconds on the clock.  He set up the score with a 22-yard pass to Patrick to the nine.

Catawba stunned the Bears to open the second half, taking over following a Robinson fumble.  After a lateral, Tarrats completed a 43-yard strike to a wide open Gary Williams (Southport, N.C./S. Brunswick HS).  Freeman came back two drives later to push the LR lead back to 10 with a one-yard run with 3:31 to go in the third quarter.  A key third-and-13 completion to Greyson Wells kept the drive alive.

  Down 27-14 with just over three minutes to play, Mike Sheehan (Wilmington, N.C./Laney HS) led Catawba on a 72-yard drive to pull the Indians within a single score with 58 seconds left.  Tarrats got the score on a 15-yard pass.  The Bears recovered the onside kick, but Catawba did force a punt and got one final chance from its own one-yard line with 26 seconds to go.  Sheehan completed a pass to David Burgess (Morganton, N.C./Freedom HS) out to the 30, but two plays later, Chris Shaffer sealed the game with an interception on the final play.

Jason Taylor (Bahama, N.C./Northern HS) finished the contest with 14 tackles for the Indians.  Derrick Lee (Siler City, N.C./Jordan-Matthews HS) recorded a sack and Philip George (Columbia, S.C./Kenan HS/Coastal Carolina) had an interception. 

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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) 3rd of 9

Baseball @ Mount Olive 9-4

Lacrosse (W) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 11-10

February 21

Tennis (M) vs. BELMONT ABBEY 2 p.m.

Basketball (W) @ Newberry 6 p.m.

Basketball (M) @ Newberry 8 p.m.

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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