Football Opens With 35-7 Victory Over Davidson


DAVIDSON, N.C. -- Catawba knocked off host Davidson 35-7 to win its football opener on Saturday night at Richardson Field.  Mike Sheehan (Wilmington, N.C./Laney HS) completed all but one pass, totaling 174 yards with three touchdowns in the win for the Catawba Indians.  The Wildcats fell to 1-1.

Davidson looked to have some momentum early.  The Wildcats drove deep into Catawba territory on their first possession, but were stopped on downs.  Davidson was set up again by an Indian fumble at midfield only to see the game turn when Jamal Lackey (Mocksville, N.C./Davie Co. HS) intercepted a second-down pass and raced 67 yards for the game’s first score.

Sheehan threw touchdown passes on Catawba's next two possessions.  The first went to freshman Keyon West (N. Augusta, S.C./N. Augusta HS), who made a diving catch in the end zone to complete the 30-yard score.  Sheehan's second scoring strike went to Carlos Tarrats (Jacksonville, FL/Raines HS) on a fourth-down play that covered 31 yards.

Catawba fumbled deep in Davidson territory on its next drive, but Terence Williams (Duluth, Ga./Duluth HS) intercepted a Wildcat pass to get the offense back on the field.  Sheehan drove the unit down the field once again and capped the 69-yard drive with a 22-yard pass to Tyler Hamilton (Charlotte, N.C./Vance HS).

Catawba led 28-0 at the half and outgained Davidson 330 to 102 in the opening 30 minutes.  The Indians capped their scoring early in the second half.  Sheehan delivered a 40-yard pass to Cary Littlejohn (Columbus, N.C./Polk Co. HS) to jump-start the drive.  David Burgess (Morganton, N.C./Freedom HS) followed with runs of 27 and eight yards to put the points on the board.

Davidson averted the shutout midway through the fourth quarter on a one-yard run by David Rogers. 

Sheehan went 12-of-13 through the air for 174 yards and the three scores.  He also added another 56 yards on the ground.  The Indians gained 305 yards rushing with Trey Mashore (Woodleaf, N.C./W. Rowan HS) leading the way with 78 yards on eight carries.

In addition to his interception, Lackey also posted three tackles for losses to lead the defense.  Jason Taylor (Bahama, N.C./Northern HS) had two stops for losses among his six tackles on the night.

J.P. Douglas had 117 yards passing for Davidson, completing 19-of-29 passes with the two interceptions.  Rogers ran for a team-high 38 yards, while Cam Cheuvront hauled in seven passes for 53 yards.  Matt Casey was in on 14 tackles with Myles Atkins making 10 stops and causing a fumble.

Catawba will travel to Western Carolina next Saturday at 3:30 pm for its first meeting with the Catamounts since 1969.

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