Football Falls at Newberry


NEWBERRY, S.C -- Newberry kept Catawba’s offense in check in claiming a 40-10 win in South Atlantic Conference football action on Saturday afternoon at Setzler Field. The Wolves even their record at 5-5 overall and 3-3 in the SAC, while the Catawba Indians stand at 3-6 and 2-4.

A week after totaling 628 yards in a convincing win over Limestone, Catawba managed just 273 against the Wolves. Ken Avent III accounted for most of that, running for 126 yards and passing for another 107. The red-shirt freshman completed 10-of-24 passes and ran for the lone Indian score.

Newberry had 479 yards of offense. Greg Ruff completed 16-of-25 passes for 224 yards and two touchdowns. He added 54 yards on the ground, which led the Wolves. Voshon St. Hill added 49 yards, while Austin Barnes had 41 yards and a touchdown. Markell Castle had five catches for 105 yards and one score.

The Wolves went on top on its first possession, marching 71 yards in four plays to score on Ruff’s 10-yard pass to Bobby Irby. Catawba capitalized on a muffed punt by the Wolves to get a 23-yard field from Lee Brackman.

It was 10-3 after a period then midway through the second, Alex Smith returned an interception 25 yards for a score and the Wolves added two scores in the final three minutes of the half. Kevin Weber hit on a 29-yard field goal with 2:50 left, one of his four on the day and Castle caught a 42-yard touchdown pass from Ruff to make it 27-3 at the break.

Newberry got a three-year run from Barnes early in the third quarter then two more field goals from Weber. Avent scored on a two-yard run for Catawba with 4:43 remaining.

Mike Miller posted 14 tackles on defense for the Indians, including one for a loss. Robert Chery had a sack and Chris Thompson two pass break ups.

Catawba travels to Lenoir-Rhyne next Saturday for a 2 p.m. kickoff with the Bears. The Indians will finish the season at home against UNC Pembroke on Nov. 17 at 1 p.m. Both games will be shown locally on WCCB Channel 18 in Charlotte, N.C.

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