Football underclassmen defeat Hargrave Military

   SALISBURY, NC -- Catawba's underclassmen defeated Hargrave Military Academy 20-17 in football action on Friday afternoon at Shuford Stadium.  Matt Gross (Hendersonville, NC) provided the winning points on a 19-yard field goal with 36 seconds to play.  Gross, a senior, had tied the contest with a 27-yard kick with 6:28 remaining.    Sophomore Bret Brown (Rose Hill, NC), who has worked out as a receiver this season, returned to his quarterback position to lead the Tribe offense.  He completed 11-of-20 passes for 179 yards and ran for another 41 in the win.  Catawba jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the opening half behind Brown and the running of former Hargrave star J.W. Petty (Kettering, MD).  Petty dashed 50 yards for the game's initial score at the 7:53 mark of the opening quarter and finished with 104 yards.

    After the Catawba defense held Hargrave on a missed field goal after a 14-play drive, Brown directed the offense on another scoring drive.  Brown twice teamed with Brian Flynn (Lexington, NC) on big pass plays.  The first was a 28 yard strike early in the drive and the second ended the march from 25 yards out with 12:03 before the half.  Hargrave would get on the board late in the first half after Karibi Debe blocked a punt to give the visitors the ball at the Catawba 24.  Two plays later, Derrick Bush scored on a 15-yard run to trim the deficit to 14-7 at the break.

    Hargrave would capitalize on a Tribe fumble early in the second half to get within 14-10.  David Blackwell connected from 24 yards out for the points.  Another Tribe fumble would set up the go-ahead point for Hargrave.  Dede recovered his second fumble of the day on the Tribe 16 and on third down, Darrell Mitchell caught a lateral and fired a scoring strike to T.J. Williams from 20 yards out with 11:28 left for a 17- 14 lead.

    Brown would then lead Catawba on two scoring drives to pull the game out.  The Indians faced a fourth-and-one before Brown kept around the end for a 27-yard gain to the Hargrave 12 that led to the tying points.  On the final drive he converted a third down with a short pass to Brad McCrary (Lexington, NC), then on the next play the duo teamed up for a 35 yard play to the Hargrave 17 to help set up the winning field goal.  David Burman (Edgewood, MD) picked off a Hargrave pass at midfield to seal the win.

Score by Quarters     1     2     3     4    Total
Hargrave      0     7     3     7      17
Catawba     7     7     0     6      20

  Scoring Summary:
1st quarter
07:53 CAT - J.W. Petty 50 run (Matt Gross kick)
2nd quarter
12:03 CAT - Brian Flynn 25 pass from Bret Brown (Gross kick)
04:01 HMA - Derrick Bush 15 run (David Blackwell kick)
3rd quarter
05:18 HMA - Blackwell 24 FG
4th quarter
11:28 HMA - T.J. Williams 20 pass from Darrell Mitchell (Blackwell kick)
06:28 CAT - Gross 27 FG
00:36 CAT - Gross 19 FG

RUSHING - Catawba (44-183): J.W. Petty 16-104, Bret Brown 7-41, Devan Hedrick 17-31, Isreal Gill 3-6, T.J. Lawson 1-1; Hargrave (29-131): Derrick Bush 7-43, Rashard Wilson 3-32, Daccus Turman 7-28, Montriel Ballem 5-17, Nate Morton 2-9, Brent Meyers 1-6, Patrick Stetson 3-1, Eric Sheehan 1-(-5).

PASSING - Catawba: Brown 11-20-0-179; Hargrave (16-33-1-157): Stetson 8-14-1-87, Morton 7-18-0-50, Darrell Mitchell 1-1-0-20,

RECEIVING - Catawba: Brian Flynn 4-65, Brad McCrary 3-74, Brad Cline 3-23, Hedrick 1-17; Hargrave: Bush 4-47, Sheehan 3-31, Wilson 3-22, T.J. Williams 2-32, Marquis Belton 2-16, Meyers 1-5, Mitchell 1-4.


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