|September 20, 2014||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||1OT||2OT||Final|
|NBY||TD||12:42||Dickerson 37 Yd Pass From Murden (Clark kick)|
|CAT||TD||10:10||Tarrats 20 Yd Pass From Sheehan (Hollandsworth kick)|
|NBY||TD||11:24||Dickerson 17 Yd Pass From Murden (Clark kick)|
|CAT||TD||09:28||Mashore 35 Yd Run (Hollandsworth kick)|
|NBY||FG||05:10||Clark 21 Yd|
|CAT||FG||00:59||Hollandsworth 41 Yd|
|CAT||TD||07:47||Sheehan 23 Yd Run (Hollandsworth kick)|
|NBY||TD||06:36||Exume 5 Yd Pass From Murden (Clark kick)|
|CAT||TD||15:00||Burgess 1 Yd Run (Hollandsworth kick)|
|NBY||TD||15:00||Cook 5 Yd Pass From Murden (Clark kick)|
|NBY||FG||15:00||Clark 25 Yd|
|CAT||TD||15:00||Tarrats 11 Yd Pass From Sheehan|
|Stats at a Glance||CAT||NBY|
|3rd Down Conversions||6-15||9-20|
|4th Down Conversions||0-0||0-0|
|Passing (Comp-Att)||241 (15-26)||321 (26-39)|
|Rushing (Att)||230 (47)||168 (52)|
NEWBERRY – The Newberry Wolves opened their 2014 South Atlantic Conference slate in thrilling – yet ultimately disappointing – fashion, as the scarlet and gray dropped a 37-34 double overtime loss to the Catawba Indians in front of a sold out Setzler Field on Saturday night.
The two sides matched each other blow for blow throughout the night, with Newberry’s passing attack finding success while Catawba had a very balanced attack.
Newberry had started slowly in the first two games of the season but burst out of the gate against Catawba, using just over two minutes to start the scoring on a 37-yard touchdown pass from W.T. Murden to Byron Dickerson.
Catawba responded on a 20-yard touchdown pass from Mike Sheehan to Carlos Tarrats after a five-play drive to start their first quarter, tying the game at 7-7.
The teams traded punts throughout the first quarter, with the Wolves starting the scoring again on the first drive of the second quarter with Murden finding Dickerson for another touchdown, this time from 17 yards out, taking a 14-7 lead.
The Indians answered again with a six-play drive, as Trey Mashore burst for a 35-yard touchdown run with 9:28 left in the first half, knotting the game up again at 14-all.
Newberry got back into scoring position on its next drive, but could not convert a first-and-goal into a touchdown, settling for a 21-yard Kyle Clark field goal. Catawba responded in kind again, with Chad Hollandsworth putting in a 41-yard touchdown with 59 seconds left in the half.
A Murden 48-yard pass to Jalen Cook set the Wolves up for a field goal attempt, but Clark’s 40-yard attempt sailed wide right – leaving the game tied at the halftime break.
Catawba took the lead for the first time with 7:47 left in the third quarter on a 23-yard quarterback keeper by Sheehan. Newberry answered this time, with Murden setting up a scoring play with a 45-yard completion to John Gadson. The tying play came on a 5-yard touchdown pass to Ozzie Exume.
The fourth quarter was exciting, but painful for both sides. Clark missed a 30-yard field goal on the opening drive before the teams traded punts.
Catawba started a drive at its own 2-yardline and drove deep into Wolves’ territory, but a botched snap was recovered by Edmond Robinson. Newberry attempted to get into position to score late in the game, but the pass deep down the sideline was intercepted by a diving Rai Smith.
The Indians took advantage of a Newberry personal foul to setup a potential game-winning field goal, but Hollandsworth pushed it wide right to send the game to overtime.
Catawba went on offense first in the extra frame, with David Burgess scoring a 1-yard rushing touchdown. Newberry was saved by a pass interference penalty in the endzone on fourth down and Murden found Cook for a 5-yard touchdown on a fade route, tying the game at 31-31 and heading to double overtime.
Newberry was forced to settle for a 25-yard field goal from Clark, taking a 34-31 lead. Catawba’s Sheehan found Tarrats in the back of the endzone for the game-winning touchdown.
NOTES FROM THE GAME
- This was only the sixth overtime game for Newberry in its program history, now 2-4 in overtime games.
- The only other double overtime game was also against Catawba, with Newberry winning that game in Salisbury in 2005.
STATS OF THE GAME
- Murden completed 26-of-39 passes for 321 yards and four touchdowns with one interception. He has 5,556 career yards, moving into third in the Newberry record books. His 48 career touchdown passes is now second in the career books at Newberry.
- Taylor McDonnell led Newberry with 10 tackles, including three tackles for loss.
- Jaquille Oden and Alstevis Squirewell each notched sacks, as Newberry had 11 tackles for loss in the game.
- Clark averaged 44.2 yards per punt on five boots, with three inside the 20 with a long of 57 yards.
- Ryan Barnwell was Newberry’s leading rusher with 53 yards on 11 carries.
- Newberry was penalized 16 times for 143 yards with 49 yards of penalties in the fourth quarter.
- The Wolves racked up 489 yards of total offense on 91 plays.
Newberry hits the road for its first conference road game, taking on Mars Hill (0-2, 0-0 SAC) at 1 p.m. in Mars Hill, N.C., while Catawba hosts Carson-Newman at 1:30 p.m. that day.