College Football: Livingstone, Catawba hit the road
Livingstone will close out its 2011 season on Saturday when they take on the Johnson C. Smith Golden Bulls at 2 p.m. in the 3rd Annual Commemorative Classic hosted at Memorial Stadium in Charlotte.
Catawba will also be on the road, heading to Brevard.
Livingstone and Johnson C. Smith first met in 1892 in the first college football game between two historically black colleges. Since then, Johnson C. Smith holds an overall 44-30-3 record over the Blue Bears.
Livingstone freshman quarterback Craig Murdock will be under center for the Blue Bears, making his fourth start of the season. Last week Murdock completed 9-of-20 passes for 118 yards and one touchdown.
Carl James stepped up to be a primary target for Murdock last week against St. Augustineís as he caught three passes for 56 yards and one touchdown
Defensively, Tyheim Pitt had a standout performance against the Falcons on Saturday, totaling 17 tackles and one interception he returned for a touchdown. Pittís performance earned him the CIAA Linebacker of the Week award for this week. Pitt currently is first in the CIAA in total tackles with 99 and 11th in NCAA Division II in tackles per game.
Justin Johnson has been a consistent performer this year for the Blue Bears, with 75 total tackles and two interceptions. Devonta Harmon also grabbed his third interception of the season on Saturday and has totaled 59 tackles and five pass breakups this year.
Johnson C. Smith enters Saturdayís contest with a 4-5 overall record and a 3-3 record in conference. The Golden Bulls have lost their last two games to Fayetteville State and St. Augustineís but have picked up quality victories over Shaw and Virginia Union earlier this season.
The Golden Bull offense has averaged 25.6 points per game this season and more than 360 yards of offense per contest. Keahn Wallace has been the leading rusher and leading passer for the Golden Bulls this season. Wallace has thrown for an average of 216.2 yards per game with 16 touchdowns and 12 interceptions while also rushing for an average of 48.4 yards per game with an additional five touchdowns.
The Golden Bull defense has allowed 28.8 points per contest and an average of 391 yards per game.
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Catawba and Brevard, both 1-4 in the league, try to fight their way out of the South Atlantic Conference cellar today as they tangle in mountains.
Mention Brevard and talk always goes back to a couple of years ago when the Tornodos and Indians played in perhaps the muddiest game in football history at Brevard. The weather, thankfully, is expected to be better today.
Catawba (2-7) wants to finish strong and coach Chip Hesterís club is still upbeat. It is coming off a 25-7 loss to North Greenville.
Brevard loves to run the ball and already has a 519-yard rushing game, the highest total in Division II this season.
West Rowanís Emmanuel Gbunblee is a freshman on Brevardís team so heíll see some familiar faces.
Buddy, Dan, Lance and the boys at WSAT 1280 will carry the game live.
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