October 23, 20101st2nd3rd4thFinal
1st Quarter
NEWFG13:36Britt Blackmon 37 Yd
CATTD10:25B.Bunn 8 Yd Pass From P.Dennis (T.Trexler kick)
NEWTD08:17Lyndon Ingram 15 Yd Run (Britt Blackmon kick)
NEWTD05:07Ron Parker (Britt Blackmon kick)
2nd Quarter
CATTD04:28B.Terwilliger 59 Yd Run (T.Trexler kick)
3rd Quarter
CATTD11:08E.Morman 43 Yd Pass From P.Dennis (T.Trexler kick)
CATTD00:17G.Bryant 49 Yd Pass From P.Dennis (T.Trexler kick)
4th Quarter
NEWTD04:21David Pressley 40 Yd Pass From Parker Hite
Stats at a GlanceCATNEW
1st Downs2424
3rd Down Conversions8-174-13
4th Down Conversions0-12-2
Passing (Comp-Att)384 (24-43) 292 (23-40)
Rushing (Att)129 (36) 165 (29)
Total Yards
Fumbles Lost23
Wolves edged by Catawba, 28-25

Wolves edged by Catawba, 28-25
Saturday, October 23, 2010 | by Newberry can't hang on to early lead

NEWBERRY, S.C. - A Newberry College comeback fell short as Catawba College walked away with 28-25 win after trailing by as many as 10 points in the first quarter. Newberry falls to 3-4 overall and in 2-2 South Atlantic Conference play, while Catawba goes to 5-2 overall and 3-1 in the SAC.

Catawba outgained Newberry by a 513-457 margin and had a distinct advantage in time of possession, holding on the ball for 35:30 compared to Newberry's 24:30. The Catawba Indians clinched the victory by closing the game out with a four-minute drive that included two third-down conversions to keep the ball out of the Wolves' hands and deny the hosts a chance to drive for a win or tie.

Newberry opened the game in excellent field position after a 56-yard kickoff return by Max Elliott (Clover, S.C.) and opened the scoring with a 37-yard field goal by Britt Blackmon to take the early 3-0 lead.

Catawba was held to a three-and-out and was forced to punt the ball away, but caught a break when the ball was judged to have bounced off of the foot of a Newberry player. The Catawba Indians fell on the ball at the Newberry 20 and took a 7-3 lead on an 8-yard touchdown pass from Patrick Dennis (Durham, N.C.) to Brandon Bunn (Virginia Beach, Va.).

Newberry reclaimed the lead on the next drive on a 15-yard touchdown carry by Lyndon Ingram (Columbia, S.C.) to cap a seven-play, 69-yard drive.

Catawba drove into Newberry territory on the next possession and went into a jumbo package to try and convert a third-and-1 situation at the Newberry 28. E.J. Branch (Albemarle, N.C.) lined up at fullback and the linebacker rumbled around the right end and gained first down yardage, but a hit on the ball by Newberry's Xavier Wallace (Kingstree, S.C.) forced the fumble. All-American safety Ron Parker (St. Helena Island, S.C.) caught the ball in mid-air and returned it 72 yards for a touchdown to give the Wolves a 17-7 lead. It was the first fumble returned for a touchdown by a Newberry player since 2008.

As the game progressed into the second quarter, both teams drove the ball well, but had trouble converting those drives into points. Thomas Trexler (Wilmington, N.C.) missed a 44-yard field goal attempt for Catawba, while the Wolves fumbled the ball away twice inside the Catawba 25-yardline. Catawba narrowed the deficit to 17-14 after Brian Terwilliger (Wilmington, N.C.) carried the ball for a 59-yard touchdown out of the Wildcat formation.

Newberry's offense took a hit on the second play of the next drive when starting quarterback Bryan Ehrlich (San Antonio, Texas) was knocked out of the game with an injury. Backup Parker Hite (Ninety Six, S.C.) entered the game, but could not lead the team to the endzone before the half, as the Wolves held on to a slim 17-14 lead at the break.

Catawba stormed out of the locker room and took a 21-17 lead on the first drive of the half, with Dennis completing a 43-yard touchdown pass to Eric Morman (Rockingham, N.C.).

Newberry was forced to punt and the Catawba Indians got into the red zone on a 60-yard pass from Dennis to Gerron Bryant (West Palm Beach, Fla.), but the drive bogged down and Catawba attempted a field goal. However, the snap was bad and David Johnson (Elk Grove, Calif.) recovered the ball for Newberry to keep the margin at four points.

The hosts were forced to punt again and Catawba scored on its next drive, with Dennis completing a 49-yard touchdown pass to Bryant to make it a 28-17 game just before the fourth quarter.

After the kickoff was sent out-of-bounds, Newberry started the drive at its own 40-yardline and drove down to the Catawba 24-yardline, but Hite's pass into the endzone was intercepted by Jumal Rolle (Wilson, N.C.).

A poor Catawba punt gave Newberry great field position again, but a 45-yard field goal attempt by Blackmon narrowly missed with 10:46 left in the game. A Catawba three-and-out led to a punt and Newberry took the ball 78 yards in 10 plays, with Hite connecting with David Pressley (Anderson, S.C.) for a 40-yard touchdown on fourth down. The two-point conversion was good on a carry by Terrence Wilson (Mayesville, S.C.), making it a 28-25 game with 4:21 to play.

Newberry kicked the ball away, but was never able to get the ball back, as Catawba converted on third down twice to run out the clock and hold on for the victory.

Ingram carried the ball 13 times for 133 yards and a touchdown, marking the first 100-yard rushing performance for the Wolves this season. Hite completed 13-of-24 passes for 180 yards, a touchdown and an interception, while Ehrlich completed 10-of-16 passes for 112 yards.

Pressley was the top receiver for the Wolves, catching 12 passes for 155 yards and a score. The senior now has 57 receptions for 829 yards and nine touchdowns this season, as well as 119 catches for 1,592 yards and 15 touchdowns in his career. His 829 yards this season ranks second in school history behind Tymere Zimmerman, who had 977 yards in 2004. Pressley has over 100 receiving yards in six of Newberry's seven games this season.

Arterio Arnold (Greenville, S.C.) led the Wolves with nine tackles, including three tackles for loss, while Apollo Stretch (Columbia, S.C.) had eight tackles and a forced fumble. Letavious Williams (Ware Shoals, S.C.) notched two sacks, while Parker had five tackles to go with his fumble recovery touchdown.

For Catawba, Dennis completed 24-of-43 passes for 384 yards, three touchdowns and an interception by Kamaal McIlwain (Van Wyck, S.C.). Bryant caught six passes for 195 yards and a score, while Terwilliger was the leading rusher with six carries for 98 yards and a touchdown. L.J. McCray (Charlotte, N.C.) led Catawba with 10 tackles.

Newberry will be back in action next Saturday, Oct. 30, as the Wolves host SAC opponent Carson-Newman (5-3, 3-1 SAC). Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. at Setzler Field. Catawba travels to Mars Hill (5-3, 3-1 SAC) for a 1:30 p.m. start that day.