Football Takes Five-Game Winning Streak on Road to Tusculum


SALISBURY, N.C. -- Catawba finishes up its road schedule on Saturday as the Catawba Indians travel to Tusculum for a 1:30 pm kickoff.  The Indians have won five straight and one more victory would secure at least a share of the its first league title since 2007. 

Catawba last won five straight during that 2007 campaign.  That year, the Indians started with seven consecutive wins before falling in week eight at Tusculum 31-28.  Catawba leads the series history 13-6 and have won five of the last seven meetings.  The Pioneers have won three of the past five at Pioneer Field.

Catawba kept its lead atop the SAC standings last week with a 29-7 victory over Brevard.  The Indians led just 10-7 at the break, but held the Tornados to just 17 yards in the second half in pulling away.  Catawba scored on three consecutive possession from the middle of the third quarter through the middle of the fourth quarter in taking the win.

Mike Sheehan ran for three touchdowns as the offense piled up 363 yards on the ground.  Cary Littlejohn totaled 152 yards and moved into the top 10 on the all-time rushing chart.  David Burgess ran for 135 yards and eclipsed the 100-yard plateau for the second straight week.

The defense recorded three sacks against the Tornados, who did not complete a pass in three attempts.  Chris Carpenter and Mark McDaniel caused fumbles that helped turn the game around.  McDaniel’s strip came in the third quarter with the Indians up 10-7 and the Tornados driving.  Kyle Kitchens recorded two of the Catawba sacks and was named SAC Defensive Player of the Week after posting three and half stops for losses.

Tusculum had rallied from a 24-14 deficit at home against Mars Hill last week to tie the contest with just under seven minutes left.  The Lions took the win on an 82-yard TD pass with just 3:49 remaining.  A late interception at midfield secured the win for Mars Hill.

Luke Lancaster threw for 369 yards in the loss, but was intercepted four times.  He completed 38-of-59 passes with one score.  That score came on a 61-yard pass to Ken Drummond that brought the Pioneers within 24-21 in the third quarter.  Justin Houston had a massive day with 16 catches for 129 yards.  Josh Jackson ran for 72 yards on 15 carries with a touchdown.

Catawba enters the game ranked fifth in the latest NCAA II Region poll.  Seven teams will qualify for the playoffs in 2015.

Game Notes

Today's Events

Lacrosse (M) @ Queens (SAC Tourn. - 1st Round),
Lacrosse (W) vs. LINCOLM MEMORIAL (SAC Tourn. - 1st Round), 4:00VideoStats
Baseball vs. UNC PEMBROKE, 5:00Stats


«April 2018»
April 3

Golf (M) @ Tennessee River Rumble - Day 1 (Tennessee National GC)

Tennis (W) @ JC Smith 9-0

Softball @ Newberry 5-2

Tennis (M) @ JC Smith 8-1

Softball @ Newberry 3-5

Lacrosse (M) vs. MARS HILL 11-9

April 4

Golf (M) @ Tennessee Rumble - Day 2 (Tennessee National GC) 10th of 16

Tennis (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 3-6

Tennis (M) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 4-5

Baseball vs. North Greenville (Flour Field) 5-6

April 6

Tennis (W) vs. MARS HILL 9-0

Tennis (M) vs. MARS HILL 8-1

Baseball vs. NEWBERRY 18-12

Lacrosse (M) vs. LIMESTONE 11-12

April 8

Golf (M) @ SAC Championships - Day 1 (Cobbs Glen GC)

Softball @ Anderson 1-2

Softball @ Anderson 0-4

Baseball vs. NEWBERRY 8-6

Baseball vs. NEWBERRY 8-6

April 9

Golf (M) @ SAC Championships - Day 2 (Cobbs Glen GC)

April 10

Golf (M) @ SAC Championships - Day 3 (Cobbs Glen GC) 10th of 11

Baseball vs. MOUNT OLIVE 13-9

April 11

Softball vs WINGATE 3-4

Tennis (M) @ Coker 1-8

Tennis (W) @ Coker 4-5

Lacrosse (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 9-14

Softball vs WINGATE 2-4

Lacrosse (M) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 11-20

April 12

Tennis (W) vs. SHAW 7-2

Tennis (M) vs. SHAW 5-4

April 13

Baseball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 3-6

April 14

Track/Field @ Phoenix Invitational

Football Spring Blue/White Game

Lacrosse (M) @ Queens 10-18

Baseball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 8-9

Lacrosse (W) @ Queens 10-16

Baseball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 13-12

April 15

Golf (W) @ SAC Championships - Day 1 (Woodcreek CC)

Softball vs LANDER, ccd. 2 p.m.

Softball vs LANDER, ccd. 4 p.m.

April 16

Golf (W) @ SAC Championships - Day 2 (Woodcreek CC)

April 17

Golf (W) @ SAC Championships - Day 3 (Woodcreek CC) 9th of 11

Softball @ Coker 2-3

Softball @ Coker 1-4

Baseball vs. BARTON 16-10

April 19

Track/Field @ SAC Outdoor Championships (Day 1)

April 20

Track/Field @ SAC Outdoor Championships (Day 2) M-9th; W-10th

Baseball @ Wingate 2-8

April 21

Softball vs CARSON-NEWMAN 0-5

Softball vs CARSON-NEWMAN 3-2

Baseball @ Wingate 9-5

Lacrosse (W) vs. TUSCULUM 13-11

Baseball @ Wingate 7-3

Lacrosse (M) vs. TUSCULUM 14-10

April 24

Lacrosse (M) @ Queens (SAC Tourn. - 1st Round) 

Lacrosse (W) vs. LINCOLM MEMORIAL (SAC Tourn. - 1st Round) 4 p.m.

Baseball vs. UNC PEMBROKE 5 p.m.

April 27

Lacrosse (M) @ SAC Tournament (Semifinals)

Lacrosse (W) @ SAC Tournament (Semifinals)

Baseball TBA @ SAC Tournament noon

Softball vs. Coker (SAC Tournament) 3 p.m.

April 28

Softball @ SAC Tournament

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

April 29

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

Lacrosse (M) @ SAC Tournament (Championship)

Lacrosse (W) @ SAC Tournament (Championship)

April 30

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

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