Tornados Come Up Just Short to Catawba

Salisbury, N.C.- The Catawba College Indians (4-6, 2-4) scored the go-ahead touchdown with 12:17 remaining in the game to edge the Tornados (1-9, 0-6) 19-13 Saturday afternoon at Shuford Stadium.

Indians quarterback BJ Sherrill connected with Diante Hodges for a 21-yard touchdown pass to break a 13-13 tie and give Catawba a 19-13 lead after Chad Hollandsworth’s extra point was unsuccessful.

Brevard had three drives to tie the game following the Hodges touchdown, but were unable to come away with any points.  The Tornados were forced to punt after going three-and-out on the ensuing drive before freshman quarterback Jaquan Marsh was intercepted by Jumal Rolle at the Catawba College 43-yard line on their following drive.

The Tornados defense forced a three-and-out following the interception, with the Indians punting on 4th-and-1 from their own 42-yard line. Hollandsworth rattled off a 56-yard punt to pin the Tornados at their own two-yard line to start their final drive.

Senior quarterback Aaron Reese picked up a 1st down with a 10-yard rush on 3rd-and-5 and found Eric Watts with an eight-yard completion for another 1st down to move the Tornados to their own 31-yard line.

Reese and Watts then connected for completions of 28 and 21 yards to push the Tornados deep into Catawba territory. A personal foul against the Indians then positioned the Tornados on the 7-yard line on 1st-and-goal.

Catawba’s Damein Lee fought his way into the backfield on 1-st-and-goal to sack Reese for a loss of seven yards, forcing the Tornados to spike the ball on second down. Jason Taylor of Catawba then collapsed the pocket on 3rd-and-goal to bring down Reese for a loss of two yards.

With the final seconds running off the clock and Brevard hustling back to the line of scrimmage to get one last play off, the Indians took a questionable timeout to set up their defense. The timeout ensured BC an opportunity to tie the game on  4th-and-goal from the Catawba 16-yard line.

Tornados slot receiver Andre Overholt lined up to the right to run a post route, gaining an inside advantage on cornerback Scottie Floyd on the final play. Reese’s pass was slightly long, falling incomplete at the back of the end zone to seal the win for the Indians.

Gary Williams pulled down a 24-yard pass from Sherrill to put the Indians up 6-0 on the first drive of the game. Hollandsworth extra point failed to keep the Tornados deficit at six points. Sherrill finished 7-of-15 for 104 yards, two touchdowns and an interception on the afternoon.

The Tornados answered with a touchdown on their ensuing drive as Jordan Ollis punched a three-yard run into the end zone to make it 6-6. Ben Noboa’s extra point was unsuccessful to keep the game tied.

LJ McCray swung the momentum immediately back into the Indians favor with an 84-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to make it 13-6 Catawba.

The Tornados tied the game on a Jaquan Marsh one-yard touchdown scramble with 2:16 remaining in the 3rd quarter. Marsh carried the ball 23 times for 105 yards to lead the Tornados offensive attack. 

The Tornados will close out their season host the Newberry College Wolves for Senior Day on Saturday, November 10th at 1 p.m.

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