Sept. 16, 2007
Salisbury, NC - On Saturday evening, The Fayetteville State Broncos squared off against The Indians of Catawba College and were handed a big loss, 46-7 inside Shuford Stadium.
On the opening possession, Catawba's quarterback Brad Roach (Williamston, NC) fumbled the snap only to recover, regroup, and complete a 30-yard touchdown reception to wideout Joe Mitchell (Tallahassee, FL) to cap off a five play drive. The Broncos went three and out on their first possession. Senior kicker Eric Lamoureux also fumbled a snap, on the punt, which was recovered by Catawba at the FSU nine yard line. The turnover did not lead to points for the Indians. Senior linebacker Geron Harper slipped through the backfield for a sack and forced a fumble; which was recovered by senior lineman Andre' Dunn.
Catawba turned the ball over six times (2 INTs, 4 lost fumbles) throughout the game. The Broncos scored their only points off a turnover; a fumbled snap was recovered and returned for a 51 yard touchdown by freshman lineman Maurice Mitchell in the first quarter. The Indians were in control for duration of the contest.
Catawba put up 556 yards of total offense; 288 yards on the ground and threw for another 268 in the win. The Broncos only mustered up 135 yards of total offense. Freshman tailback Richard Medlin rushed for 82 yards on 21 carries, while junior quarterback Bryan Hardy completed seven passes on 21 attempts for 62 yards (1 INT).
Sophomore linebacker Terrel Allen had a game-high 13 tackles (11 solo). Mitchell not only scored for the Broncos, he also blocked two point-after attempts.
Catawba improves to 4-0, while the Broncos fall to 0-3. On Saturday, September 22nd, Fayetteville State will host The Bowie State University Bulldogs (0-3) inside Luther "Nick" Jeralds' Stadium. This will be the first actual home game for the Broncos. Their first scheduled home game was played at D.T. Carter (located at E.E. Smith HS) due to the field being resurfaced with artificial turf. Kickoff is at 6 pm.