Football Takes Five-Game Winning Streak on Road to Tusculum


SALISBURY, N.C. -- Catawba finishes up its road schedule on Saturday as the Catawba Indians travel to Tusculum for a 1:30 pm kickoff.  The Indians have won five straight and one more victory would secure at least a share of the its first league title since 2007. 

Catawba last won five straight during that 2007 campaign.  That year, the Indians started with seven consecutive wins before falling in week eight at Tusculum 31-28.  Catawba leads the series history 13-6 and have won five of the last seven meetings.  The Pioneers have won three of the past five at Pioneer Field.

Catawba kept its lead atop the SAC standings last week with a 29-7 victory over Brevard.  The Indians led just 10-7 at the break, but held the Tornados to just 17 yards in the second half in pulling away.  Catawba scored on three consecutive possession from the middle of the third quarter through the middle of the fourth quarter in taking the win.

Mike Sheehan ran for three touchdowns as the offense piled up 363 yards on the ground.  Cary Littlejohn totaled 152 yards and moved into the top 10 on the all-time rushing chart.  David Burgess ran for 135 yards and eclipsed the 100-yard plateau for the second straight week.

The defense recorded three sacks against the Tornados, who did not complete a pass in three attempts.  Chris Carpenter and Mark McDaniel caused fumbles that helped turn the game around.  McDaniel’s strip came in the third quarter with the Indians up 10-7 and the Tornados driving.  Kyle Kitchens recorded two of the Catawba sacks and was named SAC Defensive Player of the Week after posting three and half stops for losses.

Tusculum had rallied from a 24-14 deficit at home against Mars Hill last week to tie the contest with just under seven minutes left.  The Lions took the win on an 82-yard TD pass with just 3:49 remaining.  A late interception at midfield secured the win for Mars Hill.

Luke Lancaster threw for 369 yards in the loss, but was intercepted four times.  He completed 38-of-59 passes with one score.  That score came on a 61-yard pass to Ken Drummond that brought the Pioneers within 24-21 in the third quarter.  Justin Houston had a massive day with 16 catches for 129 yards.  Josh Jackson ran for 72 yards on 15 carries with a touchdown.

Catawba enters the game ranked fifth in the latest NCAA II Region poll.  Seven teams will qualify for the playoffs in 2015.

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