Indians face yet another challenging away game in college football


Indians face yet another challenging away game in college football

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Catawba’s football team faces another challenging task this Saturday. Once again, they find themselves in the underdog role, going up against a formidable opponent on the road. This recurring theme has defined head coach Tyler Haines’ debut season at the helm. While there’s a lot of optimism surrounding the Indians, they’re a competitive and entertaining team to follow on WSAT. However, they consistently encounter stronger opponents on the field.
Perhaps not a significantly improved outlook, but there is some optimism. Catawba heads into their matchup against Limestone as a 17-point underdog, as per the Massey Ratings. The Indians are faced with a 16 percent probability of pulling off an upset at Saints Field in Gaffney, South Carolina. This South Atlantic Conference game is set for a late kickoff at 7 p.m. It feels like it was only recently when Limestone struggled mightily, enduring an 0-10 season and a 15-game losing streak.

Limestone is undeniably in top form now. Their recent victory at Wingate speaks volumes, considering it was a first-time triumph for Limestone against such a formidable opponent. Adding to their impressive track record, Limestone also secured a win against Mars Hill. This achievement is particularly striking when compared to Catawba’s less favorable outcomes against both Wingate and Mars Hill.

Perhaps the most noteworthy performance by Limestone (4-3, 4-1) this season was their overtime loss to the unbeaten Lenoir-Rhyne. Limestone boasts some of the most skilled players in the SAC, with quarterback Dustin Noller overtaking Catawba’s Preston Brown at the top of the passing yards leaderboard. Noller’s 44 passes against Wingate underscore the Saints’ willingness to embrace an aggressive passing game.

Jelani Baker ranks second in the SAC for receiving statistics, just behind Catawba’s Bo Pryor, and has contributed seven touchdowns for Limestone. Additionally, Limestone benefits from the talents of Tre Stewart, the SAC’s third-leading rusher, with an average of over 100 yards per game. This is particularly significant given Catawba’s recent struggle to halt their opponents’ rushing attacks.

On the defensive front, Limestone is led by the robust 230-pound linebacker, Chandler Matthews, who earned the title of SAC Defensive Player of the Week after an impressive 15-tackle performance against Wingate.

The head-to-head series between these teams stands at 3-3, but Limestone has emerged victorious in the last two encounters, including a decisive 48-23 victory over the Indians in 2022.


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