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Football Loses Shootout With Mars Hill

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MARS HILL, N.C -- Craig Rucker caught two touchdown passes in the final two and half minutes as host Mars Hill knocked off Catawba 39-33 in South Atlantic Conference football action on Saturday afternoon at Meares Stadium. The Lions improve to 1-3 overall and 1-1 in the SAC, while the Catawba Indians fall to 1-2 and 0-1.

Rucker’s first grab went for 26 yards and snapped a 26-all tie with 2:08 remaining. After Catawba tied the game, Rucker snagged the game-winner from 34 yards out with just 30 seconds to play. Catawba moved to the Lion 36 in the final seconds, but Malcolm Means intercepted Reid Carlton’s last ditch effort in the end zone on the end zone on the final play.

The teams combined for over 1,100 yards of total offense with Mars Hill posted 602 total yards with 354 coming on the ground. Jaques Buchannon totaled 224 yards rushing, including a 76-yard scoring run that put the Lions up 12-3 in the second quarter. Austin Brown went 21-of-36 through the air, hitting Rucker for three scores. Rucker had 11 catches for 174 yards.

Carlton went 25-of-42 passing for 363 yards and three scores. The Indians added 148 yards on the ground with Kenyatta Greene picking up 79 yards. Jourdan Osinskie made eight catches for 100 yards. Will Sweeper had 117 yards on five receptions with a score. Greene and Chylon Thomas also caught TD passes.

Mars Hill got a 22-yard field goal from Tanner Fox on its first drive and never trailed. The teams traded scores in the final minute and a half before the break. Carlton’s four-yard run with 13 seconds to go brought Catawba within 19-16 at the break.

Lee Brackman connected on a 40-yard field goal early in the third quarter to pull the Indians even, but Rucker answered each second-half Catawba scores with a TD catch. His 24-yard score put Mars Hill back up 26-19 before Catawba tied the contest on a Carlton pass to Thomas with 9:12 remaining. Rucker then sandwiched his last two scores around Carlton’s 38-yard pass to Sweeper with 1:34 to go.

Jeremiah Ferguson totaled 11 tackles on the day for Catawba with one going for a loss. Mike Miller recorded 10 tackles. Jordan Hemingway blocked a pair of extra-point tries.

Catawba will finally get to play at home this Saturday, hosting Carson-Newman at 1:30 p.m. The game will be carried live locally on WAXN Channel 64 in Charlotte, NC.

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1
February 1

Track/Field @ Camel City Invite (Day 1)

Baseball vs, Lynn 6-5

2
February 2

Track/Field @ Camel City Invite (Day 2)

Baseball @ Nova Southeastern 6-10

Softball @ Augusta 2-1

Softball @ Augusta 5-2

3
February 3

Esports League of Legends Show Match 2-1

Baseball @ Palm Beach Atlantic 8-2

4
February 4

Baseball @ Palm Beach Atlantic 3-1

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February 6

Swimming @ BMC Championships (Day 1)

Softball vs. LIMESTONE 5-6

Baseball vs. MOUNT OLIVE 9-7

Softball vs. LIMESTONE 0-2

Basketball (W) vs. WINGATE 41-56

Basketball (M) vs. WINGATE 84-75

7
February 7

Swimming @ BMC Championships (Day 2)

8
February 8

Swimming @ BMC Championships (Day 3)

Track/Field @ VMI Winter Relays (Day 1)

Baseball vs. WEST VIRGINIA ST. 10-3

Baseball vs. WEST VIRGINIA ST. 10-3

9
February 9

Swimming @ BMC Championships (Day 4) W-5th;M-5th

Track/Field @ VMI Winter Relays (Day 2)

Tennis (W) vs. BELMONT ABBEY 7-0

Tennis (M) vs. BELMONT ABBEY 2-5

Lacrosse (M) vs. BELMONT ABBEY 13-17

Softball vs. UNC PEMBROKE 7-4

Basketball (W) @ Mars Hill 82-61

Softball vs. UNC PEMBROKE 9-0

Basketball (M) @ Mars HIll 89-66

10
February 10

Softball vs. VIRGINIA ST. 12-4

Baseball vs. MARS HILL 15-0

Softball vs. VIRGINIA ST. 10-2

Baseball vs. MARS HILL 11-1

11
February 11

Golf (M) @ Spring Invite Collegiate - Day 1 (St. Johns GC)

12
February 12

Track/Field @ Queens Multi Meet (Day 1) 

Golf (M) @ Spring Invite Collegiate - Day 2 (St. Johns GC) 19th of 19

13
February 13

Track/Field @ Queens Multi Meet (Day 2)

Basketball (W) @ Coker 62-43

Basketball (M) @ Coker 94-69

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February 15

Swimming @ Royal Open (Day 1) 

Softball @ Barton 7-2

Baseball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 13-1

Lacrosse (M) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 7-10

Softball @ Barton 0-1

Baseball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 4-3

16
February 16

Swimming @ Royal Open (Day 2)

Baseball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 7-1

Basketball (W) vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 57-90

Lacrosse (W) @ Mount Olive 8-17

Basketball (M) vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 90-75

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February 18

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

Tennis (W) @ Shaw 7-0

Tennis (M) @ Shaw 5-2

19
February 19

Golf (W) @ Converse Invite - Day 2 (Carolina CC) 3rd of 10

Softball vs. BELMONT ABBEY, ppd. 1 p.m.

Baseball vs. UNC PEMBROKE 13-1

Softball vs. BELMONT ABBEY, ppd. 3 p.m.

20
February 20

Lacrosse (W) vs. NORTH GREENVILLE 12-9

Basketball (W) @ Queens 65-50

Basketball (M) @ Queens 8 p.m.

21
February 21

Tennis (W) vs. LEES-McRAE, ppd 2 p.m.

Tennis (M) vs. LEES-McRAE, ppd 2 p.m.

22
February 22

Tennis (W) vs. MOUNT OLIVE, ppd 2 p.m.

Tennis (M) vs. MOUNT OLIVE, ppd. 2 p.m.

Baseball vs. WINGATE 6 p.m.

23
February 23

Track/Field @ SAC Championships (Day 1)

Softball @ USC Aiken 1 p.m.

Basketball (W) @ Lincoln Memorial 2 p.m.

Lacrosse (W) @ Chowan 2 p.m.

Softball @ USC Aiken 3 p.m.

Baseball vs. WINGATE 3 p.m.

Lacrosse (M) @ Florida Tech 4 p.m.

Basketball (M) @ Lincoln Memorial 4 p.m.

Baseball vs. WINGATE 6 p.m.

24
February 24

Track/Field @ SAC Championships (Day 2)

Softball vs. EMMANUEL 1 p.m.

Softball vs. EMMANUEL 3 p.m.

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February 26

Baseball @ Barton 2 p.m.

27
February 27

Tennis (M) vs. JC SMITH 2 p.m.

Basketball (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 6 p.m.

Basketball (M) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 8 p.m.

28
February 28

Lacrosse (W) @ Limestone 4 p.m.

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