Football Set for SAC Opener Saturday at Carson-Newman


SALISBURY, N.C. -- One week after its shortest trip of the season to Davidson, Catawba's football team will hit the road for its longest trek of the year, a 220 mile journey to Carson-Newman.  Kickoff for Saturday's game at Burke-Tarr Stadium in Jefferson City, Tenn,. is set for 1 pm.

Catawba picked up its first win of the year last week against the Wildcats with a 35-21 victory.  Conference Player of the Week Cary Littlejohn ran for a career-high 192 yards and a touchdown in the victory.  Eamon Smart also scored on the ground and galloped for 86 yards.

The Indian defense forced a pair of turnovers on the day.  Michael Peppers caused a turnover and Case Woodard had an interception.  A Mike Sheehan 49-yard pass to Bruce Smith iced the game late in the third quarter, putting Catawba up 35-14.  Jamal Lackey recorded 10 tackles.

Carson-Newman improved to 2-0 with a 20-7 win over Shorter last week.  Damian Baker scored on a one-yard run, his second of the game, late in the second quarter to snap a 7-7 tie for the Eagles.  Carson Wise added two second-half field goals for the final margin.

The Eagles totaled just 296 yards on offense, but did not commit a turnover.  A week after giving up 56 points, the Carson-Newman defense limited Shorter to 242 yards and only seven points in the win.

Montravious Taylor led the C-N ground game with 82 yards, while Baker added 78 yards and his two scores.  TraShaun Ward caught five passes for 57 yards.  Sha'heem Stupart caused both turnovers with an interceptions and a forced fumble and a recovery.

The Eagles and Indians have met 48 previous times on the gridiron.  Carson-Newman holds a commanding 37-10-1 edge in the series.  The Indians won the last meeting in Jefferson City, 25-22 in 2013.  Carson-Newman held on for a 35-33 win last year in Salisbury.

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