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Football Falls at UNC Pembroke

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SALISBURY, N.C. -- Catawba fell behind 14-0 at the half and couldn’t rally in dropping a 28-14 decision to host UNC Pembroke on Saturday night at Johnson Stadium. The win improves the Braves to 2-1, while the Catawba Indians fall to 1-2.

Neither team moved the ball on their initial possession, but the Braves used a 50-yard run by Josh Sheridan on their second possession to set up a 20-yard pass by Josh Jones to Faheem Diaab to go up 7-0.

Catawba missed on a 46-yard field goal attempt early in the third quarter and UNCP added another score that was set up by a 44-yard punt return by Devin Jones to the Catawba 18. Jones ran for 17 yards ot the one then took it in from a yard-out for the 14-0 edge. The Indians drove inside the Brave 10 in the final minute, but lost the opportunity to score when it fumbled a snap with just 23 seconds left.

The Indians opened the second half with a 17-play, 71-yard drive to get within a score. The big play was a fourth-and-ten conversion when Kendall Davis connected with Chylon Thomas for 30 yards. Andrew Bynum scored from a yard out on another fourth down for the score.

UNC Pembroke bridged the third and fourth quarter with a drive that was capped with an eight-yard pass from Jones to Quay Threatt to go up 21-7. Davis was intercepted on Catawba’s first play after that score and the Braves cashed in with a five-yard run by Sheridan to lead 28-7 with 11:05 remaining.

Catawba answered that score with a 56-yard drive. Davis converted a fourth down with a six-yard run and leader hit Thomas on fourth down with a five-yard scoring pass to cut the deficit to 28-14 with 8:03 left. The Braves denied Catawba on its next possession and ran out the clock.

Davis passed for 220 yards and added another 66 on the ground for Catawba. He completed 19-of-38 passes with one touchdown and one interception. Thomas made five grabs for 65 yards, while Demonte Good and Kolby Easley each had four catches. LJ Melvin and Robert Chery had sacks on defense.

Sheridan led the ground game for UNCP with 154 yards on 20 carries. Jones was 16-of-24 passing for 127 yards and two scores.

Catawba opens league play on Saturday, hosting Wingate for a 7 p.m. kickoff at Shuford Stadium.

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