Westminster Catawba was already at a disadvantage before Friday's kickoff with starting running back and safety Cameron Adkins being sidelined with a broken finger.
Making matters worse, the Indians lost two more crucial starters - running back Josh Parker and lineman Andrew Duvall - during its crucial showdown against First Assembly of Concord for the Central Piedmont Football Conference title.
The Indians failed to overcome those injuries, suffering a 34-0 setback to First Assembly, coached by former Carolina Panther defensive back Mike Minter.
"We have 29 guys on the roster and most of them go both ways," Indians Coach Dan Devine said. "And tonight, we had injuries to too many of our guys. That is real tough playing against a great team like the one we faced tonight."
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Duvall went out in the second quarter with an ankle sprain and did not return. Parker sustained a slight concussion in the third quarter and did not return. Quarterback Mark Vehaun was banged up in the second quarter, but did return on the next series.
With key Westminster Catawba players out of the lineup, First Assembly capitalized, particularly with a ferocious pass rush after the loss of Duvall.
Eagles coach Minter said his players, who do not play both ways on offense and defense, were fresher and that made a difference.
"We knew they run the ball well and we stacked up to stop the run," Minter said. "And, we were able to mix it up well offensively. But the difference is that most of their players play both ways and we do not have any that go both ways."
First Assembly, which won the conference for the third straight season, is now 7-2. Westminster Catawba, which suffered its first loss, is 8-1 and will likely finish as the league's runner-up heading into the post season.
First Assembly dominated on both sides of the ball, rolling up 243 rushing yards and 153 through the air and limiting Westminster Catawba to 41 yards on the ground and 97 in the air.
First Assembly took a 13-0 lead as quarterback Andrew Goodman tossed a 4-yard pass to Mike Matis in the first quarter and Jeremiah Walker dashed 25-yards into the end zone in the second period.
The lead grew to 20-0 in the third on Walker's second scoring run, covering four yards. Mike Minter, the coach's son, ran six yards early in the fourth to put the game out of reach.
FIRST ASSEMBLY 34
WESTMINSTER CATAWBA 0
FA-Mike Matis 4 pass from Andrew Goodman (Robbie Freberg kick)
FA-Jeremiah Walker 25 run (kick failed)
FA-Walker 2 run (Freberg kick)
FA-Mike Minter 6 run (Freberg kick)
FA-Tyler Rhyne 1 run (Freberg kick)
RUSHING-First Assembly: Mike Minter 24-88, Jeremiah Walker 6-43, Andrew Goodman 8-17, Dontae Pinkston 3-52, Tyler Rhyne 2-35, Nicholas Mark 2-8. WCCS: Josh Parker 13-56, Mark Vehaun 7-2, Mark Alex Valais 1-(-22), Nate Casey 6-10, Peyton Hanson 1-(-4), Will McCutcheon 1-(-1).
PASSING- First Assembly: Goodman 9-11-153-0. WCCS: Vehaun 8-21-97-0, Mason Rudolph 0-1-0-1.
RECEIVING- First Assembly: Mike Matis 5-65, Damon Simmons 2-49, Minter 2-39. WCCS: Ian Brandt 3-57, Casey 3-17, Rudolph 1-18, Mark Watts 1-5.
RECORDS: WCCS 8-1; First Assembly 7-2.