Wade Tosses Four TD Passes in Debut Start


SALISBURY. N.C. -- Mars Hill posted a 55-28 win over host Catawba in South Atlantic Conference football action on Saturday afternoon at Shuford Stadium and Kirkland Field. The Lions improve to 5-3 overall and 4-1 in the SAC, while the Catawba Indians move to 1-7 and 0-5.

Kaylon Wade threw for four touchdown in a losing effort in his first start as the signal caller. The freshman completed 22-of-45 passes for 305 yards. Gavin Rose was his top target with 10 catches for 194 yards and two scores. That marked the sixth most receiving yards in a game for an Indian.

Mars Hill used a 35-point second quarter to take control of the game. The Lions scored four times in a four-minute span to wipe out a 7-0 deficit after a quarter. Craig Rucker scored on a short run, then returned a punt 84 yards for a score. Gilbert Johnson would catch a 56-yard pass from Jummy Urzua after a Catawba fumble and Carl Robertgeau had a 67-yard interception return.

Catawba grabbed an early lead at the end of the first quarter. Wade capped a 12-play, 96-yard drive with a 27-yard scoring pass to Demonte Good. The drive started when Catawba caused a fumble on a Lion drive inside the Indians five-yard line.

Wade’s second TD pass came at the end of the first half, moving Catawba 47 yards in the final minute and connected with Rose on an 18-yard pass. He would also find Rose for a 58-yard score and another 57-yarder to the senior set up the final score, a three-yard pass to Dominc Burnam.

Catawba was held to 52 yards on the ground, while Elijah Jett ran for 128 yards for the Lions. Urzua completed 16-of-26 passes for 294 yards. Rucker caught six of those passes for 145 yards and finished with 308 all-purpose yards.

Catawba is on the road next week at Tusculum with a 1:30 pm kickoff.

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