What was an 8-7 game at the half got ugly in a hurry for Westminster Catawba as the Warriors of Jireh Prep scored two TDs in a little over three minutes to start the final two quarters Friday night.
The Warriors used that momentum to carry them to a 34-7 victory over the Indians.
"I think we underestimated them," Westminster Catawba coach Mike Scurlock said. "We didn't think they were well-conditioned and I'm shocked to be honest with you."
Oddly enough, it appeared at the start of the game that it was the Warriors who weren't prepared as they didn't have their pads on at 7:25 and had to be told by the officials that it was a 7:30 kickoff.
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However, they had no such problems at the start of the second half as Tripp McKee scored on a 47-yard run on the first play of the half.
Two plays into Catawba's next drive, Evan Andert threw his first of three interceptions and it only took Jireh Prep four plays for Ray Stanifer to connect with Eugene Gill on a 44-yard TD pass.
Chris Burt had another good game for the Indians with 6 catches for 79 yards and a TD to give him three this season.
The 28-yard toss from Andert started the scoring in the first quarter, but it would be all the Indians would get. They had a 24-yard TD to Cameron Adkins called back on a hold call in the second quarter, and they got stopped numerous times in Warrior territory throughout the night, including a goalline stand late in the game.
Jireh 8 0 14 12 -- 34
W.Catawba 7 0 0 0 -- 7
First downs 18 22
Rushes-yards 30-402 37-203
Comp-Att-Int 6-9-1 14-35-3
Passing yards 116 166
Fumbles-lost 2-1 1-1
Penalties-yards 11-75 6-30
W. Catawba 7