|October 15, 2005||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||1OT||2OT||Final|
|NEW||TD||03:01||Chuck Huger 15 Yd Pass From J. Stepp (R. Lukshis kick)|
|CAT||TD||12:09||Timmons 15 Yd Pass From Roach (Rollins kick)|
|NEW||TD||09:29||C. Brandon 47 Yd Pass From J. Stepp (R. Lukshis kick)|
|CAT||TD||06:59||Lipscomb 32 Yd Run (Rollins kick)|
|NEW||TD||03:39||T. Zimmerman 12 Yd Pass From J. Stepp (R. Lukshis kick)|
|CAT||TD||03:19||Davis 93 Yd Pass From Roach (Rollins kick)|
|CAT||FG||00:35||Rollins 20 Yd|
|NEW||FG||08:57||R. Lukshis 23 Yd|
|CAT||FG||07:12||Rollins 30 Yd|
|CAT||FG||12:30||Rollins 40 Yd|
|NEW||TD||01:35||A. Surratt 11 Yd Pass From J. Stepp (R. Lukshis missed kick)|
|NEW||TD||15:00||T. Zimmerman 10 Yd Pass From J. Stepp (R. Lukshis kick)|
|CAT||TD||15:00||Reese 9 Yd Pass From Roach (Rollins kick)|
|NEW||TD||15:00||A. Surratt 25 Yd Pass From J. Stepp|
|Stats at a Glance||NEW||CAT|
|3rd Down Conversions||7-14||4-14|
|4th Down Conversions||0-0||1-1|
|Passing (Comp-Att)||425 (33-57)||336 (20-38)|
|Rushing (Att)||179 (38)||175 (34)|
SALISBURY, N.C. - Newberry quarterback Josh Stepp (Pelion, S.C.) threw for 425 yards while setting Newberry records for total offensive yards and passing touchdowns in a single game to lead the Indians over Catawba College, 43-37, in two overtimes at Shuford Stadium Saturday afternoon. Sophomore receiver Antwan Surratt (Spartanburg, S.C.) had a career day as well, catching 13 passes for 178 yards and two touchdowns, all personal career bests.
The first play of Newberry's second overtime possession was the difference in the ballgame. After holding Catawba without a score on a missed field goal, Stepp threw over the top for Surratt for all 25 yards and the score.
Newberry (3-3, 2-2 South Atlantic Conference) racked up 604 yards of total offense in the win, the first over Catawba (5-3, 2-2 SAC) since 1996. Newberry had not won at Catawba in the previous four tries, and had not defeated Catawba for a conference win since 1987. With this win and last week's victory at Tusculum, the Indians record back-to-back conference road wins for the first time since 1999.
Each team was successful in producing a touchdown in its first overtime. Tymere Zimmerman (Bennettsville, S.C.) caught Stepp's fifth touchdown, which Catawba matched with a nine yard strike from Brad Roach (Williamston, N.C.) to Colin Reese (Charlotte, N.C.).
Newberry tied the game at 30 all with Surratt's first touchdown reception with 1:35 left in regulation. Catawba forced overtime by blocking Ryan Lukshis' (Irmo, S.C.) extra-point attempt, and again by pressuring Lukshis into a miss on a 44-yard attempt as the fourth-quarter clock expired.
Catawba's Rush Rollins (Kannapolis, N.C.) gave the home team a six-point cushion at 30-24 with a pair of field goals in the second half. Rollins put Catawba on top 24-21 at halftime with a 20-yard boot with 35 seconds to go before intermission. Lukshis countered with a 23-yard field goal on Newberry's first second-half drive.
The scoring began with Stepp's 15-yard touchdown to Chuck Huger (Charleston, S.C.), his first reception as an Indian. After Roach's touchdown toss to Shane Timmons (Denton, N.C.), Newberry struck back with Charles Brandon's (Union, S.C.) 47-yard touchdown reception. Stepp was nearly brought down for a sack, but spun out and lofted the ball over the defense to Brandon for the score.
Catawba answered back with a 32-yard Duran Lipscomb (Kannapolis, N.C.) rush to paydirt to tie the game at 14 in the second quarter. Zimmerman snagged his first touchdown on a crossing pattern to put the visitors ahead briefly at 21-14, but on the very next play Roach threw a short pass to Trevan Davis (Thomasville, N.C.) who slipped through two defenders for a 93-yard touchdown reception to even the score at 21-21 in the second.
483 yards of total offense by Stepp breaks the Newberry record set in 2003 by Mazzie Drummond. Stepp broke his own mark of five passing touchdowns set earlier this year in a win over Virginia Union. 425 yards is statistically the second-best passing performance by a Newberry player, as Stepp holds that mark too with 440 aerial yards against Carson-Newman last year.
Stepp's record day was made possible by outstanding protection and exceptional performances by the receiving corps. Zimmerman's 12 catches for 98 yards were second-best to Surratt's. Junior Corey Seawell (Columbia, S.C.) had three catches for 48 yards, including a clutch 14-yarder for a first down on Newberry's last touchdown drive in regulation. Huger and Brandon's solo catches were each good for touchdowns.
Newberry's defense came up big at key moments in the contest. Led by Terrance Leverett's (Ware Shoals, S.C.) 13 tackles, the Indian defense forced Catawba into four field goal attempts (and only nine resulting points) when it seemed certain that the hosts would score touchdowns each time.
Newberry will host its first Thursday game in 13 years next week as Wingate's Bulldogs and the Indians will kick off at 7 p.m. Newberry County school district employees and city and county law enforcement will be admitted free with proper identification. Children 15 years old and under will be admitted free with a paying parent. Newberry County students over 15 will be admitted on their school IDs.