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Jon Ross Maye
Jon Ross Maye had eight tackles and one tackle for a loss on defense.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Football Blows Out Catawba

In the 101st meeting between the two longtime rivals, Lenoir-Rhyne crushed Catawba 62-10 at Shuford Stadium on Saturday afternoon in Salisbury. Five different Bears had rushing touchdowns in the game, and the 62 points scored is the most the Bears have scored in a game under head coach Mike Jacobs.

LR received the opening kickoff of the game and was stopped on fourth down near midfield. The Bear defense stood tall and stopped the Indians on 4th down themselves, and the offense took the ball back. The Bears marched into the red zone, and Sean White scrambled for a 12-yard touchdown and the first points of the day.

After a Catawba punt, the Bears got the ball back and marched down the field again. Zyheir Dillard did most of the heavy lifting on the drive, and finished it off with an eight yard touchdown run to put the Bears up 14-0 with three minutes to go in the first quarter.

The Bear defense quickly forced another Catawba punt, but the LR offense gave the ball away with a fumble inside the red zone. Catawba could do nothing with it, and after another punt, White came up with his second rushing touchdown of the day, this time from six yards out to make it 21-0 Bears.

The Bear defense forced yet another punt, and Ryan Carter returned the punt 30 yards to the Catawba 35 yard-line. On the very first play from scrimmage, Dwayne McGee popped a 35-yard touchdown run to make it 28-0.

After Carter muffed the next punt Catawba had, the Indians cashed the turnover into points with a field goal to make it 28-3.

The Bears got the ball back with four minutes to go before halftime and methodically moved it down the field, culminating with Dillard’s second touchdown of the first half, this time from nine yards out. The extra point was no good and LR led 34-3 at the half.

White found Malik Simmons for his fifth touchdown catch of the year to start the second half to make it 41-3.

The next time the Bears saw the ball, McGee punched it in from one yard out to make it 48-3.

With the backups in the game, Austin Cagle converted a 4th down QB sneak into a touchdown for the eighth touchdown of the day for LR to begin the 4th quarter. It was 55-3 at this point.

Catawba finally found the end zone in the 4th quarter on a touchdown, but the Bears countered with a score.

Jadus Davis punched it in from one yard out for the final score of the day for the Bears, who ran out the clock on a 62-10 win.

White ran for a career-high 29 yards and two touchdowns and now has six rushing touchdowns on the year to go along with 17 passing TDs. LR’s 239 yards on the ground is their second highest mark of the year.

In the 101 meetings between the two schools, Catawba now leads the series just 49-48-4. LR will have an opportunity to tie the series up next year in Hickory. Despite having 552 yards of offense, LR did not have a 100-yard rusher or a 100-yard receiver in the game.

With the 52-point win, LR has now beaten Catawba by a combined 105 points in the last two seasons. The Bears won 56-3 in Moretz Stadium last year. This was head coach Mike Jacob’s 60th career win as a head coach.

Lenoir-Rhyne is 7-3, 6-2 in the South Atlantic Conference. The Bears will finish up the regular season at home against Tusculum at 1pm.