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Carolinas football: Catawba narrowly misses upset

Mike Sheehan’s scoring pass to Gary Williams helped cut the deficit to two points in the closing minutes, but visiting 19th-ranked Carson-Newman hung on for a 35-33 South Atlantic Conference victory over Catawba.

Sheehan completed 30 of 45 passes for a career-high 387 yards, with no interceptions. But quarterback De’Andre Thomas led the Eagles (2-0, 3-1) with 104 yards rushing, 173 yards passing, and a role in five touchdowns.

Catawba fell to 1-1 in the SAC and 2-2 overall.

By quarters:

Carson-Newman ... 14 ... 7 ... 7 ... 7 – 35

Catawba ... 0 ... 14 ... 6 ... 13 – 33

CN – De’Andre Thomas 3 run (Ben Ogle kick)

CN – Thomas 14 run (Ogle kick)

Cat – Carlos Tarrats 23 pass from Mike Sheehan (Chad Hollandsworth kick)

CN – Thomas 1 run (Ogle kick)

Cat – Sheehan 1 run (Hollandsworth kick)

Cat – Hollandsworth FG 34

CN – Thomas 5 run (Ogle kick)

Cat – Hollandsworth FG 43

Cat – Cary Littlejohn 7 run (pass failed)

CN – TraShaun Ward 30 pass from Thomas (Ogle kick)

Cat – Gary Williams 6 pass from Sheehan (Hollandsworth kick)

Att – 3,049 (at Salisbury)

Wingate 21, UNC Pembroke 3

The Bulldog defense limited UNC Pembroke to 120 yards’ total offense in this nonconference game.

Wingate (3-1) got 243 passing yards and two touchdowns from sophomore quarterback Kyle Johnson of Hickory, and sophomore wide receiver Jordan Berry caught eight passes for 136 yards. The Braves fell to 1-3.

By quarters:

UNC Pembroke ... 0 ... 3 ... 0 ... 0 – 3

Wingate ... 0 ... 7 ... 7 ... 7 – 21

UNCP – Connor Haskins FG 25

Win – J. Funderburk 25 pass from Kyle Johnson (Patrick Smith kick)

Win – Nestor Lantigua 3 run (Smith kick)

Win – Jordan Berry 7 pass from Johnson (Smith kick)

Att – 3,002 (at Wingate)

Mars Hill 38, Newberry 29

The host Lions scored 17 straight points in the second half to log a South Atlantic Conference victory. The visiting Wolves (0-2, 1-3) had battled back from 21-7 halftime deficit with two third-quarter touchdowns, but Mars Hill (1-0, 1-2) pulled away at the finish.

Dimitri Holmes returned a kickoff 95 yards for a Mars Hill touchdown and completed a 67-yard scoring pass to Keshaun Taylor.

By quarters:

Newberry ... 0 ... 7 ... 14 ... 8 – 29

Mars Hill ... 7 ... 14 ... 7 ... 10 – 38

MH – Dimitri Holmes 12 pass from Trent Miller (Tyler Stewart kick)

MH – Holmes 11 pass from Miller (Stewart kick)

New – W.T. Murden 1 run (Kyle Clark kick)

MH – Holmes 95 kickoff return (Stewart kick)

New – Romelo Doctor 34 run (kick failed)

New – Jalen Cook 29 pass from Murden (Barnwell run)

MH – Keshaun Taylor 67 pass from Holmes (Stewart kick)

MH – Stewart FG 20

MH – Lyle Allen 6 pass from Miller (Stewart kick)

New – Cole Watson 6 pass from Murden (Dickerson run)

Att – 2,295 (at Mars Hill)

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