Football Grabs Share of League Lead Behind Dennis' Big Day


NEWBERRY, SC -- Catawba rallied from a 17-7 first-quarter deficit to claim a 28-25 win over host Newberry in South Atlantic Conference football action on Saturday afternoon at Setzler Field.  Patrick Dennis (Durham, NC/Cedar Ridge HS) threw for a career-high 384 yards and three scores as the Catawba Indians grab a share of the league lead by improving to 5-2 overall and 3-1 in the SAC.  The Wolves fall to 3-4 and 2-2.

Dennis completed on 24-of-41 attempts and was intercepted once in posting his career best day.  Six of the passes went to Gerron Bryant (W. Palm Beach, FL/Boynton Beach HS/Palm Beach CC), who totaled 195 yards and a score.  Brian Terwilliger (Wilmington, NC/New Hanover HS/Lenoir-Rhyne) ran for 98 yards.

Catawba cashed in on the first miscue of the game as Newberry, who had kicked an early field goal, fumbled the Tribe’s initial punt of the afternoon at their own 20-yard line.  Five plays later Dennis tossed an eight-yard scoring pass to Brandon Bunn (Virginia Beach, VA/Fork Union/VMI) to give the Indians a 7-3 edge. 

Newberry scored twice before the end of the first quarter.  The first as they answered the Catawba score with a 15-yard run by Lyndon Ingram.  Next, the Wolves forced a Catawba fumble and Ron Parker returned it 72 yards to give Newberry a 17-7 lead at the 5:07 mark of the opening quarter.

Catawba had an interception deep in Newberry territory and missed a 44-yard field goal on its next two possessions, but pulled within 17-14 after Jumal Rolle (Wilson, NC/Beddingfield HS) forced the first of his two fumbles on the day inside the Indians 10-yard line.  Terwilliger got the score as he ran in from 59 yards out with 4:28 left before the half.

The Indians took the lead for good on their first possession of the second half with Dennis throwing a 43-yard pass to Eric Morman (Rockingham, NC/Richmond Co. HS).  Catawba failed to add points on its next drive inside the Newberry five when it did not get a field try off.  Dennis responded next with a 29-yard strike to Bryant and a 28-17 lead at the end of the third quarter.

Rolle stopped an early fourth-quarter drive by Newberry with an interception in the end zone and the Wolves followed with a missed field goal on their next possession.  Newberry closed within a score with 4:21 remaining, converting a fourth-and-ten with a 40-yard touchdown pass from Parker Hite to David Pressley.  Terrence Wilson’s two-point run trimmed the lead to 28-25.  Catawba was able to run out the clock from there as Josh Wright (Raeford, NC/Hoke Co. HS/W. Carolina) and Terwilliger ran for first downs on two third-down conversions.

Ingram totaled 133 yards on 13 carries to lead the Newberry ground game.  Pressley caught 12 passes for 155 yards.  Hite and Bryan Ehrlich combined to pass for 292 yards for the Wolves.  Catawba amassed a season-high 513 yards of offense and overcame three turnovers.  Newberry suffered four miscues and were only 4-of-13 on third downs.

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