SALISBURY, N.C. (Limestone SID) – With less than ideal field conditions from a steady rain from Hurricane Matthew, the Limestone College football team forced seven turnovers and only needed a defensive touchdown in the first quarter to improve to 4-0 on the road with a 6-0 win over Catawba College on Saturday, October 8.
Score: Limestone 6, Catawba 0
Records: Limestone (4-2), Catawba (2-4)
Location: Shuford Stadium
INSIDE THE BOXSCORE
– The Saints extended their road winning streak to four straight games despite only having 48 yards of total offense
– Catawba finished with 322 yards on offense, but turned the ball over seven times
– Limestone’s defense also forced three turnovers on downs
– Junior Joshua Simmons (Moncks Corner, S.C.) tied his own team record with three interceptions
– Redshirt-sophomore Raymond Hall (Columbia, S.C.) recorded a 34-yard fumble return for a touchdown and finished with 10 tackles
– Redshirt-junior Titus Williams (Greenwood, S.C.) added a game-high 14 tackles
– Redshirt-junior Logan Stoodley (Salisbury, N.C.) chipped in 11 tackles
HOW IT HAPPENED
As it has most of the year, the defense gave the Saints a boost when redshirt-junior PJ Brown (Hopkins, S.C.) jarred the ball loose from Catawba on the second play from scrimmage. Hall picked up the loose ball and returned it 34 yards down the near sideline to stake the visitors to a 6-0 lead just 40 seconds in.
The Indians accumulated 112 yards of total offense in the first quarter, as compared to just six yards by Limestone, but the defense forced a turnover on downs while Simmons registered his fourth interception of the season to protect the early lead.
It appeared Catawba was primed to get its first points of the game when they started a drive at the Limestone 25-yard line following a shanked punt. However, the defense once again made a stand by forcing another turnover on downs inside its own 10-yard line.
The Indians again had a short field to work with on their very next possession, and would eventually move the rock to the LC 2-yard line a few plays later. The Limestone defense again put up a brick wall, and Catawba would be held off the scoreboard after the home team missed a 24-yard field goal attempt.
Catawba started with excellent field position on its second drive of the third quarter following a 21-yard punt return by Sam Mobley to set the home team up at the LC 19-yard line. The defense would once again rise to the occasion, forcing the third turnover on downs after freshman Jacob Carver (Nichols, Ga.) made a stop on 4th-and-2 from the 11.
The Saints registered a pair of interceptions in the third quarter, one by junior linebacker Ty Currence (York, S.C.) and another by Brown as the Blue and Gold maintained the shutout through the end of three.
The Indians looked like they might finally bust through early in the fourth, but Simmons ended the threat with his third interception of the game. The offense would then put together its only real drive of the game midway through the fourth, highlighted by a 33-yard run by freshman QB Ivan Corbin (Warner Robins, Ga.), that would erase nearly four crucial minutes off the clock.
Following a blocked field goal attempt, Catawba took possession at its own 20 with 4:21 left in the game. The home team marched 76 yards and had a 2nd-and-goal from the LC 3-yard line with about 60 ticks left, but redshirt-junior Masion Dadian (Fletcher, N.C.) pounced on a loose ball that was fumbled on a handoff exchange to seal the 6-0 win.
Limestone’s defense set the tone early on, forcing a fumble on just the second snap of the game. Hall returned the ball 34 yards for what proved to be the winning score.
– The fumble return was Limestone’s seventh defensive touchdown of the season
– Entering the game ranked second nationally in takeaways, the Saints now forced 24 turnovers on the season
– The Blue and Gold turned the ball over just once
– Limestone’s defense held an opponent scoreless for the second time this season
– The Saints completed just 1-of-11 for -1 yards through the air
– Redshirt-sophomore Ga’Quan Maize (Florence, S.C.) finished with 27 yards on 26 carries
Limestone returns home next weekend to host Brevard College on Saturday, October 15 at The Reservation at Gaffney High School. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.