Salisbury, NC - In their final road contest of the season, the Crusader football team suffered a 28-17 defeat at the hands of the Indians of Catawba College on Saturday afternoon.
The Indians used a 14-play, 62-yard drive ending with a one-yard rush by Cary Littlejohn to give Catawba a 7-0 lead on the opening drive of the game. However, the Crusaders quickly tied the game at 7-7 as junior Cedric Proctor returned the ensuing kickoff 84 yards for a score.
After forcing Catawba to punt on their next drive, North Greenville used a seven-play, 62-yard drive to take a 14-7 lead on a five-yard rush by sophomore Simeon Byrd with just under four minutes to play in the 1st quarter.
Catawba ended the first quarter with a six-play, 56-yard drive to tie the game at 14-14 when quarterback Mike Sheehan completed a 26-yard pass to David Burgess. North Greenville's Justin Gravely netted a 25-yard field goal with 26 seconds left in the 2nd quarter as the Crusaders took a 17-14 lead into the halftime break.
The second half of play was controlled by Catawba as the Indians used two touchdown runs by quarterback Mike Sheehan, a three-yard score and one-yard score, to secure the 11-point home victory.
The North Greenville offense struggled to accumulate 303 total yards as quarterback Nelson Hughes finished the day 18-of-34 for 239 yards. Byrd was leading rusher, carrying 12 times for 35 yards and a touchdown, while senior Thomas Weeks III led all receivers with six catches for 117 yards.
Junior Taylor Anderson led the defense with 13 total tackles, while sophomore Quan Weeks finished with 12 stops of his own. Sophomore Tony Godbolt totaled nine tackles in the game, as fellow sophomore Nigel Gay finished with eight tackles and one interception.
The Crusaders (5-5) will return home on Saturday, Nov. 15 for the final game of the season against Newberry College at 1 p.m. in Tigerville.