Eagles top Westminster Catawba

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Herald correspondentAugust 20, 2011 

Twice last year, the SouthLake Christian Eagles lost to Westminster Catawba.

The first time was to open the regular season. The Indians prevailed again in the playoffs.

On Friday, the Eagles made sure this season started on a brighter note. Coach Rich Landis' team scored 28 points in an explosive second quarter, then spent the second half making sure there would be no rally from Westminster Catawba in a 42-20 SouthLake victory.

"They got us twice last year and once the year before," SouthLake coach Rich Landis said. "And we have 13 seniors and several juniors who have really worked hard, and I feel good for them that they had the opportunity to come out and play hard against a team that had got them three straight. We got the season off on the right foot."

Westminster Catawba graduated 12 seniors from last year's squad that reached the state championship game.

With just two seniors this year, the Indians were hit with 15 penalties, and that doesn't count the three that were flagged and declined by the Eagles.

"You lose the 12 we did and obviously that's a hit, but penalties are a discipline issue, and that falls on me," Westminster Catawba coach Dan Devine said. "We'll get better. We'll have better preparation, and we will get better in that area. It's the first week."

The game's opening score was set up on a nice throw from quarterback Randy Schroeder, who lofted the ball for Demetri Allison to catch at Westminster Catawba's 3-yard line. One play later, Adam Gilkerson converted a 3-yard plunge up the middle.

The Indians got on the scoreboard when Nate Casey returned a kickoff 87 yards for a touchdown. He fielded the ball, made one move, found a seam up the middle and could not be caught. That cut SouthLake Christian's lead to 21-7.

But almost before the celebrating stopped, the Eagles regained their three-touchdown advantage. After a 24-yard kickoff return from Alex Rose-Thomas, Allison ran to the left and cut up field for turned out to be a 72-yard scoring run.

"He lived up to the preseason hype today," Landis said of Allison. "Dimitri is a real humble person, and he works really hard, and this is the type of game we expect he can have. I'm not surprised. For some guys with these types of expectations, they can come out tight and not play well. He definitely didn't do that."

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