JEFFERSON CITY — Danny O’Brien’s 34-yard touchdown pass to Carlos Tarrats with 56 seconds remaining in the game lifted Catawba to a 25-22 South Atlantic Conference win over Carson-Newman at Burke-Tarr Stadium Saturday.
Eagles free safety Jarrett East-Brown blocked Troy Mitchell’s subsequent point after touchdown kick to keep the margin within three points.
Carson-Newman quarterback De’Andre Thomas led the Eagles offense on a hurry-up series that got placekicker Curt Duncan in position to tie it up with a 41-yard field goal with four seconds remaining.
Duncan’s kick was wide left. Catawba took possession and O’Brien took a knee to seal the win.
O’Brien passed for 444 yards for the Indians (3-1, 1-1), including a 13-yard scoring strike to Tarrats in the first quarter. 0’Brien spread his throws among Tarrats, David Burgess, Nate Charest and Tyler Hamilton, all of whom had more than 70 receiving yards apiece. O’Brien gave up interceptions to Eien Jacob and Anthony Baskin.
David Burgess, who led Catawba rushers with a net of 29 yards, gave the Indians a 7-yard scoring run.
Running back Tyron Douglas had 113 yards rushing to pace Carson-Newman (3-1, 1-1). Andy Hibbett had 75 yards rushing. Thomas, who passed for 154 yards and was picked off once. He scored twice on a pair of 1-yard TD keepers.
Duncan hit field goals of 34, 26, 36 for the Eagles, but missed Carson-Newman’s last extra point kick in the fourth quarter.