Football Sacks Winston-Salem State 34-7


WINSTON-SALEM, N.C -- Catawba held a vaunted Winston-Salem State ground game in check while rolling up 34 points in a 34-7 victory over the host Rams on Saturday night at Bowman-Gray Stadium. Both teams now stand at 1-1.

Catawba capitalized on four WSSU turnovers, including scoring the first touchdown of the game when Trey Murray recovered a fumble in the end zone. After a punt by Caleb Berry was downed at the Ram one, Jahi Lineberger was bottled up in the end zone and Cris Page forced the fumble that Murray recovered to give the Catawba Indians a 7-0 edge.

The Indians added another score on the final play of the opening quarter when Reid Carlton hit a wide open Will Sweeper in the middle of the end zone from 14 yards out.

The Rams lone scoring drive came after Catawba failed on a fourth-down try at the WSSU 47. Emiere Scaife completed passes of 34 yards to William Walton and 21 yards to Kerrion Moore to eventually set up Moore’s four-yard scoring run.

Late in the half, Lee Brackman was just wide on what would have been a school-record tying 53-yard field goal, but the defense held WSSU for a quick three-and-out. After a short Ram punt, Carlton connected again with Sweeper, this time from 45 yards out, to make the score 20-7 at the break.

Catawba turned the ball over on three of its first four possessions of the second half, but the defense never let the Rams capitalize. Catawba would after Jeremy Addison forced a WSSU fumble and Robert Chery recovered at the Ram 19 on the final play of the quarter. Demonte Good got the score, running in from two yards out. Kenyatta Greene added the final score with his four-yard run with 7:21 to go.

Carlton finished 16-of-31 for 176 yards in the air for the Indians. Dre Dunbar and Chylon Thomas each had three catches, while both of Sweeper’s grabs went for scores. Greene led the ground corps with 44 yards.

WSSU ran for just 85 yards on the night. Moore had 57 yards on 12 carries, while Antwoin Pittman accounted for 59 yards. Rod Tinsley threw for 101 yards on 11-of-22 passing with Scaife going 8-of-15 for 79 yards. Chandler Belk led the receivers with four catches.

Cameron Davis had a huge game on defense for the Indians. He was in on 11 tackles with three of those on sacks. LJ Melvin also got in on a sack and made nine stops. Jordan Hemingway was part of two sacks. Page, Addison and Omar Staley forced fumbles, while Mike Miller had an interception.

Catawba plays host to UNC Pembroke for its home opener next Saturday at 7 p.m. The game will be carried live locally on WAXN Channel 64 in Charlotte, N.C.

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