Westminster Catawba coach Mike Scurlock said before the season that he didn't want to hear any excuses about his team being new this year. Judging from the looks of things Friday night, there won't be any need for too many excuses for the Indians.
His team didn't have the look of a club that hadn't taken the field since 2003. Led by senior QB Evan Andert, the Indians won a hard-fought game over the Eagles of Richard Winn Academy, coached by former Rock Hill assistant Ken Atkerson, 32-20.
The scoring began with 21 seconds left in the first quarter, when Andert hooked up with freshman Ian Brandt for a 1-yard TD pass. The Eagles answered right back two minutes later when Thomas Wilkes ran one in from 6 yards out. The 2-point try was no good and the Indians led 7-6.
Less than a minute later, Independence transfer Brodrique Moore took one off the right side and several broken tackles later, took it to the house from 73 yards. Richard Winn answered back before the half with a 1-yard TD run from Joseph Talbert. When the 2-point try failed, the Indians took a 14-12 lead into the half.
W. Catawba 32
Richard Winn 20