Salisbury, N.C. – North Greenville scored 17 unanswered points in the second half to force overtime but fell short during the extra period as the Catawba Indians escaped with a 26-20 victory.
- Score: NGU – 20 / Catawba – 26 (Overtime)
- Location: Salisbury, North Carolina (Shuford Stadium)
- Records: NGU - 3-3 / Catawba - 5-1
- Catawba now leads the series with North Greenville 7-2, winning the last three meetings with the Crusaders.
- The average margin of victory in last four meetings is just 6.75 including a three-point victory for Catawba in 2013.
- Coach Farrington is now 0-3 against the Indians since taking over at North Greenville and 0-2 in Salisbury.
- North Greenville’s defense is the first defense this season to hold the Indians out of the end-zone in the second half with the only points for Catawba coming on the final play of overtime.
- North Greenville’s offense put up solid numbers on Saturday despite a pair of turnovers. The Crusaders had 393 total yards, almost 100 more yards than Catawba’s previous five opponents.
How it Happened
- Catawba put up the first points of the day, taking advantage of an interception on NGU’s first drive of the game. The Indians drove 52-yards on eight plays to take a 7-0 lead.
- North Greenville struggled to get the offense going in the first half. The Crusaders had a pair of touchdowns called including one in the first half, which wiped clean at least 12-points.
- Catawba tacked on a touchdown with 4:46 left in the first half on a one-yard run. The Indians also got some special teams help as Trey Murray picked up a muffed punt and returned it 41-yards to take a 20-0 lead.
- Matt Gravely would add a field goal at the end of the half but trailed 20-3 at intermission. North Greenville had just 171-yards of total offense in the first half, the longest drive being 63-yards which was capped by a Gravely field goal.
- North Greenville came storming back in the second half, recovering from a 2nd negated touchdown due to a penalty, a drive that ended with Gravely’s second field goal of the day.
- North Greenville rode the momentum of the defense, scoring the next two touchdowns to even the tally at 20-20 on a pair of one-yard touchdown runs from Tristan Jackson.
- Jackson’s two touchdowns capped scoring drives of 80 and 69-yards. North Greenville’s offense took advantage of the momentum created by NGU’s defense, which forced four punts in the second, half while intercepting one pass.
The Good Guys
- Will Hunter threw for 228-yards on 18-completions against a Catawba defense that has held opponents to 160-yards through the air this season.
- Ashton Heard led all rushers with 117-total yards. Tristan Jackson had a season-high 63-yards on 13-carries and led all players with two scores.
- Matthew Thomas led NGU’s defense with 12 total tackles including 10-solo. He also had NGU’s only sack of the day.
- Travis Beatty accounted for the only turnover for the Indians picking off an O’Brien pass late in the fourth quarter.
The Other Team
- Trey Evans and TJ Lowe-Foston both had an interception for the Indians while Michael Peppers and Trey Murray led the team with nine tackles.
- Patrick O’Brien threw for 175-yards and a touchdown. Keyon West was his favorite target, catching seven passes for 56-yards and a touchdown. Sam Mobley led the team with 82-yards on five receptions.
- Eamon Smart led the rushing attack for the Indians with 76-yards on 19-carries.
Next Time Out
- North Greenville will host future Gulf South opponent Florida Tech at 12 pm in a rematch of last year’s first-round playoff game.