Wright Runs Football to Win Over UNC Pembroke


SALISBURY, NC -- Catawba got 180 yards rushing from Josh Wright (Raeford, NC/Hoke Co. HS/W. Carolina) in claiming a 42-33 victory over visiting UNC Pembroke in football action on Saturday night at Shuford Stadium and Kirkland Field.  The Catawba Indians win for the second straight week and improve to 2-3.  The Braves fall to 3-2.

Wright capped his career-high performance with a 64-yard jaunt midway through the fourth quarter to stake Catawba to a 42-17 lead.  The Braves pulled a pair of scores back in the final five minutes, but Catawba recovered an onside kick attempt with just over two minutes remaining and ran out the clock.

UNC Pembroke amassed 538 total yards, 362 yards through the air, as Luke Charles Murphy, NC) went 21-of-33 passing with four touchdowns.  Joe Burnett caught a pair of touchdown passes, while Travis Daniels (Washington, NC) caught four passes for 98 yards.  Daniels also eclipsed the 100-yard barrier on the ground as he run for 124 yards.

Jacob Charest (Charlotte, NC/Butler HS/Illinois) completed 16-of-23 passes for the Indians for 167 yards and a pair of scores.  Tyler Hamilton (Charlotte, NC/Vance HS) had one of the touchdown catches and also blocked a punt in the second quarter that was returned for a score.

The Braves had opened the scoring on a 42-yard field goal from Taylor Baskett (Fayetteville, NC) at the 11:49 mark of the first quarter.  Catawba answered right back as Omar Craig (Rock Hill, NC/Northwestern HS/Victor Valley CC) caught a swing pass and ran it in for a 10-yard score.  Hamilton then turned a momentum building play as he blocked a punt that Mario Washington (High Point, NC/Ragsdale HS) ran in from 14 yards away for a 14-3 edge with 10:08 to go in the half.

Hamilton added to the lead when he leaped at the back of the end zone to pull in a pass from Charest to give the Indians a 21-3 advantage.  The Tribe defense came up big at the end of the half when Cory Johnson (Fayetteville, NC/Britt HS) stood up Daniels on a fourth-and-one at the goal line.

Charest plowed in from the one at the 7:30 mark of the third quarter as Catawba moved ahead 28-3.  Daniels helped answer that score as he scored on a 60-yard screen pass.  Wright tallied the first of his scores early in the fourth to make the score 35-9.  Just one play after Burnett caught a 44-yard scoring strike from Charles, Wright scored on his 64-yard run to all but ice the issue.

Johnson totaled 10 tackles for Catawba and recovered a fumble.  Casey Hall (Concord, NC/NE Guilford HS/Averett) was credited with 11 tackles.  Tyron Johnson (Fayetteville, NC/Westover HS) also recovered a fumble, Tevin Carr (Statesville, NC/Statesville HS) had an interception and Damein Lee (Reidsville, NC/Reidsville HS) posted a sack.

Fred Williams (Fayetteville, NC) made a dozen tackles for UNP, including one for a loss.  Cadarreus Mason (China Grove, NC) recovered two fumbles and caused one. 


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