Burgess and Mashore Help Football Run to Win Over Brevard


SALISBURY, N.C. -- Catawba quarterback Mike Sheehan (Wilmington, N.C./Laney HS) accounted for five touchdowns, three rushing and two passing, as the Catawba Indians claimed a 42-37 win over visiting Brevard in South Atlantic Conference football action on Saturday afternoon at Shuford Stadium.  The Indians improved to 5-3 overall and 3-2- in the SAC, while the Tornados fall to 0-8 and 0-5.

Brevard pulled within 42-37 with just under six minutes remaining on a three-year run by Jordan Ollis (Columbus, N.C.).  That drive was kept alive by a roughing the kicker penalty on Catawba and was followed by a 51-yard pass from Kevin Herbst (Charleston, S.C.) to Zac Queen (Mt. Holly, N.C.).

Catawba took the ensuing kickoff and marched to the Brevard 13 before missing on a field goal with 1:37 remaining.  Brevard had one last chance, but the Catawba defense forced three incompletions and a one yard run on the final Tornado drive. 

David Burgess (Morganton, N.C./Freedom HS) and Trey Mashore (Woodleaf, N.C./W. Rowan HS) each posted career highs in rushing going over 100 yards for the first time in their careers.  Burgess collected 94 of his 137 yards in the second half, while Mashore totaled 101 of his 120 yards in the opening 30 minutes.  Sheehan was perfect in the air, completing 13-of-13 passes for 157 yards.

Ollis led Brevard with 125 yards on the ground.  Kelvin Jeter (Gastonia, N.C.) added 92.  The Tornados went just 2-of-7 passing for 97 yards.

Catawba scored on its first two possessions with Sheehan keeping from a yard out to cap both 10-play drives.  Brevard answered on an 11-yard run by Jeter and a 46-yard pass from Tanner Wright (Clayton, Ga.) to Queen. 

Burgess put the Indians back on top with a 53-yard scoring pass from Sheehan at the 9:48 mark of the second quarter.  The Tornados came right back on a 12-play, 66-yard drive to tie the score at 21-all with three minutes left.  Catawba retook the lead in the final minute of the half on a 13-yard catch by Tyler Hamilton (Charlotte, N.C./Vance HS) with just 25 seconds left before the break.

Brevard cut the margin to 28-24 on a field goal by Alex Naboa (Deltona, Fla.) midway through the third quarter, but Catawba came used another 10-play drive that Burgess capped with a one-yard run to go up 35-24.  Wright scored from a yard out for Brevard with 10:14 left to make the margin 35-31 with 10:14 remaining. 

After the Brevard score, Catawba got a big 52-yard kickoff return from Mashore that set up the third Sheehan rushing touchdown, again from a yard out, to lead 42-31 with 8:02 left.  Catawba looked to have the game in hand, forcing a Brevard punt with just over six minutes to play, but the penalty allowed the Tornados to trim the lead to five with 5:41 left on Ollis’ short run.

Freshman Michael Peppers (Clemson, S.C./Daniel HS) led the Catawba defense with 14 tackles, including one for a loss.  Freshman Kyle Kitchens (Decatur, Ga./Decatur HS) forced a fumble on a sack among his seven stops.  Michael Gruber (Walterboro, S.C.) posted 15 tackles and two for losses for Brevard.

Catawba travels to Mars Hill for another SAC match-up next Saturday with kickoff set for 1 p.m.

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