Catawba Struggles to Contain Newberry in Rainy Loss
Mark Covert, Sports Editor
September 25, 2013
Filed under Sports
On Saturday night, Catawba took their first loss of the season as they fell to Newberry. In a game that was essentially consumed by a monsoon, the Indians had spurts of solid play, but ultimately could not put together any point-producing drives in a 27-0 shutout loss versus conference foe Newberry.
The game started well for Catawba, as the defense forced Newberry into a three-and-out on their first possession, and runningback David Burgess caught a swing pass from quarterback Danny O’Brien for a 24-yard connection on Catawba’s first offensive snap of the night. After that, there were not too many bright spots as Newberry would scored 24 first half points, putting the Indians in a deep hole that they simply could not recover from.
As the second half began, the offense seemed to have been re-energized, as they ran the ball with some physicality. However, the downpour that took place throughout the game greatly affected the passing game of Catawba. O’Brien and his receivers could not find any consistency all night, as O’Brien finished with 72 yards passing, a season low. All conference receiver Nate Charest only had one catch for eight yards on the night. Tight end Tyler Hamilton lead the Indians with four catches for 40 yards and Burgess led the ground game with 63 yards, while junior Trey Mashore added 58 yards of his own.
Catawba will travel to Jefferson City, TN this weekend to take on #11-ranked Carson-Newman for their second conference contest of the season. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:30.