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College football: Catawba adds recruits, announces 2020 schedule

Staff report

Catawba College has announced a number of important additions to the football recruiting class this month.

Amari Davis – OL – 6-3, 275 – Knightdale, N.C. —  All-conference player is very strong and could be an offensive tackle for the Indians.
Holden Henderson – TE – 6-3, 205, Statesville Christian — Has speed. He was a run-first quarterback in high school and also played defensive back.

Kameryn Johnson – DB – 6-0, 180  —  Lexington, S.C., played safety in high school, fast track guy.

Calvin Kozial – OL – 6-2, 295, Florida — offered by the Indians after he visited in February, probably will be a guard.

Dylan Ridolph – LB – 6-0, 225 , Florida — Was a perennial All-State player. He had 11 sacks and 103 tackles as a senior.

Brandon Thomas – WR – 6-3, 160 – NW Guilford — An athlete, he played point guard for a good basketball team. As a senior, he had 917 receiving yards and 11 TDs.

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Catawba AD Larry Leckonby and head football coach Curtis Walker announced the 2020 schedule for the Indians on Thursday.

Catawba will open the season on the road at Erskine on Sept. 5 and play its first home game against Barton on Sept. 12.

The Catawba Indians start the 2020 season against two first-year programs in Erskine and Barton.

The Barton home game will be Family Weekend for Catawba and is the only home night game on the schedule. It will also bring back to town former Catawba head coach Chip Hester, who is guiding Barton.

After a road trip for a first-time meeting with Alderson-Broaddus in Philippi, W. Va., Catawba will open conference play at Wingate on Sept. 26.

After playing three of its first four games on the road, the Indians will follow with a stretch of four home games over a six-week span. That starts with back-to-back home games with Limestone and Carson-Newman and closes with consecutive home games against Tusculum and UVa-Wise.

Those four games will kickoff at 1 p.m. with UVa-Wise set for Homecoming on Nov. 7.

Catawba closes the regular season with a trip to Hickory to face Lenoir-Rhyne on Nov. 14.

2020 Catawba football Schedule
Sept. 5 – at Erskine (Due West, S.C.), TBA
Sept. 12 – BARTON (FW) (SALISBURY), 7 p.m.
Sept. 19 – at Alderson-Broaddus (Philippi,WV), TBA
Sept. 26 – at Wingate* (Wingate, N.C.),  6p.m.
Oct. 3 – LIMESTONE* (SALISBURY), 1 p.m.
Oct. 10 – CARSON-NEWMAN* (SALISBURY),1 p.m.
Oct. 17 – at Newberry* (Newberry, S.C.), TBA
Oct. 24 – at Mars Hill* (Mars Hill, N.C.), 1 p.m.
Oct. 31 – TUSCULUM* (SALISBURY), 1 p.m.
Nov. 7 – UVa-WISE* (HC) (SALISBURY), 1 p.m.
Nov. 14 – at Lenoir-Rhyne* (Hickory, N.C.), 1 p.m.
Nov. 21 – NCAA Playoffs – 1st Round, TBA

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