Football Goes to 4-0 After Grinding Out Win Over Mars Hill


SALISBURY, N.C. -- Catawba capitalized on five Mars Hill turnovers and topped the visiting Lions 37-13 in South Atlantic Conference football action on Saturday night at Shuford Stadium and Kirkland Field. The Catawba Indians, ranked 25th in NCAA II, improve to 4-0 overall and 1-0 in the SAC. Mars Hill falls to 2-2 and 1-1.

Mars Hill started the game with a quick 30-yard pass to Javon Hargrave, but he was stripped of the ball by TJ Lowe-Foston and Jeremy Addison recovered. After a 21-yard return to the Lion 37, Catawba opened the scoring on a 32-yard field goal by Lee Brackman.

The teams traded touchdowns on their next possessions. Mars Hill took a brief lead on a six-yard pass from David Salmon to Craig Rucker that capped a 10-play, 75-yard drive. The Indians answered in four plays as Sam Mobley turned a short pass from Patrick O’Brien into a 62-yard touchdown.

The Lions looked poised to retake the lead after a big 48-yard pass from Salmon to Keshaun Taylor to the Catawba 17. On third down, Rucker weaved his way to the Indian goal line, but fumbled at the one and Cris Page recovered in the end zone for a touchback.

Catawba marched 80 yards in 10 plays to move on top 17-7 on a 10-yard pass from O’Brien to Keyon West. The Lions cut the margin to 17-13 on the final play of the first half as Salmon launched a final pass into the end zone from 46 yards out that Taylor brought down in the end zone.

Page ended the first Mars Hill possession of the second half with his third interception of the year. Catawba missed on a 47-yard field, but Mobley set up the game’s next score with a 47-yard punt return to the Lion 28. Kenyatta Greene scored on the next play with a quick burst through the line to give Catawba a 24-13 lead. Greene added a 29-yard score at the start of the fourth quarter to put the Indians on top 31-13.

Workhorse Eamon Smart capped the scoring with 6:44 left as he ran in from 13 yards out. Smart finished the day with a career-best 147 yards on a career-high 30 carries. Greene followed with 90 yards as the Indians amassed 251 yards on the ground with 192 coming in the final half.

O’Brien went 16-of-29 through the air for 214 yards for Catawba. Mobley caught five passes for 106 yards.

Malik Prescott ran for 107 yards for the Lions. Salmon completed 17-of-31 passes for 294 yards. He threw for a pair of scores and was intercepted twice. Taylor totaled 119 yards on five catches, while Rucker also caught five passes for a total of 99 yards.

Kyle Kitchens extended his Catawba sack record to 32 and a half with three more in the win over the Lions. Mike Miller had a sack and an interception. Jacan Williams posted 10 tackles for Mars Hill. Taylor forced a fumble for the Lions, wrestling the ball back from Cedrick Gervin after an interception.

Catawba travels to Carson-Newman next weekend for a 1 pm Saturday kickoff.

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«April 2018»
April 3

Golf (M) @ Tennessee River Rumble - Day 1 (Tennessee National GC)

Softball @ Newberry 5-2

Tennis (W) @ JC Smith 9-0

Tennis (M) @ JC Smith 8-1

Softball @ Newberry 3-5

Lacrosse (M) vs. MARS HILL 11-9

April 4

Golf (M) @ Tennessee Rumble - Day 2 (Tennessee National GC) 10th of 16

Tennis (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 3-6

Tennis (M) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 4-5

Baseball vs. North Greenville (Flour Field) 5-6

April 6

Tennis (W) vs. MARS HILL 9-0

Tennis (M) vs. MARS HILL 8-1

Baseball vs. NEWBERRY 18-12

Lacrosse (M) vs. LIMESTONE 11-12

April 8

Golf (M) @ SAC Championships - Day 1 (Cobbs Glen GC)

Softball @ Anderson 1-2

Softball @ Anderson 0-4

Baseball vs. NEWBERRY 8-6

Baseball vs. NEWBERRY 8-6

April 9

Golf (M) @ SAC Championships - Day 2 (Cobbs Glen GC)

April 10

Golf (M) @ SAC Championships - Day 3 (Cobbs Glen GC) 10th of 11

Baseball vs. MOUNT OLIVE 13-9

April 11

Softball vs WINGATE 3-4

Tennis (M) @ Coker 1-8

Tennis (W) @ Coker 4-5

Lacrosse (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 9-14

Softball vs WINGATE 2-4

Lacrosse (M) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 11-20

April 12

Tennis (M) vs. SHAW 5-4

Tennis (W) vs. SHAW 7-2

April 13

Baseball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 3-6

April 14

Track/Field @ Phoenix Invitational

Football Spring Blue/White Game

Lacrosse (M) @ Queens 10-18

Baseball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 8-9

Lacrosse (W) @ Queens 10-16

Baseball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 13-12

April 15

Golf (W) @ SAC Championships - Day 1 (Woodcreek CC)

Softball vs LANDER, ccd. 2 p.m.

Softball vs LANDER, ccd. 4 p.m.

April 16

Golf (W) @ SAC Championships - Day 2 (Woodcreek CC)

April 17

Golf (W) @ SAC Championships - Day 3 (Woodcreek CC) 9th of 11

Softball @ Coker 2-3

Softball @ Coker 1-4

Baseball vs. BARTON 16-10

April 19

Track/Field @ SAC Outdoor Championships (Day 1)

April 20

Track/Field @ SAC Outdoor Championships (Day 2) M-9th; W-10th

Baseball @ Wingate 2-8

April 21

Softball vs CARSON-NEWMAN 0-5

Softball vs CARSON-NEWMAN 3-2

Baseball @ Wingate 9-5

Lacrosse (W) vs. TUSCULUM 13-11

Baseball @ Wingate 6 p.m.

Lacrosse (M) vs. TUSCULUM 7 p.m.

April 24

Lacrosse (M) in SAC Tournament (1st Round)

Lacrosse (W) vs. LINCOLM MEMORIAL (SAC Tourn. - 1st Round) 4 p.m.

Baseball vs. UNC PEMBROKE 5 p.m.

April 26

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

April 27

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

Lacrosse (M) @ SAC Tournament (Semifinals)

Lacrosse (W) @ SAC Tournament (Semifinals)

Softball @ SAC Tournament

April 28

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

Softball @ SAC Tournament

April 29

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

Lacrosse (M) @ SAC Tournament (Championship)

Lacrosse (W) @ SAC Tournament (Championship)

April 30

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

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