Carson-Newman hopes to stay hot against the Indians
Carson-Newman wide receiver Anthony Eubank out runs the defense on his way to a touchdown earlier in the season. The Eagles face Catawba at home on Saturday.
JEFFERSON CITY – Currently things are going smoothly for the Carson-Newman football team. Coach Ken Sparks and his crew have outscored their opponents 123-76 and have jumped out to a 3-0 overall record and an undefeated 1-0 mark in the SAC. However, it’s always calm before a storm and conference foe Catawba will be looking to cause havoc upon the Eagles on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.
The Indians roll into Mossy Creek with a 2-1 overall mark and sit 0-1 in the SAC. First-year head coach Curtis Walker will be looking to pull an upset on the favored Eagles, but Sparks says his team has been preparing for sneaky teams in the conference like Catawba.
Last season, the Eagles used a punishing ground game to pick up a 42-7 victory over the Indians. Carson-Newman racked up over 420 yards of total offense.
This season, the Eagles will rely on their ground attack once again to send the Indians back home winless in the conference.
Last week against Brevard, Carson-Newman opened up conference play with a convincing 41-14 victory.
Last week against Brevard, the Eagles built a 34-0 lead behind 112 yards rushing from Tyron Douglas. He had 11 carries on the day and finished with two touchdowns.
The Eagles defense was stellar also as the starters only allowed 184 yards of total offense.
This Saturday, Sparks faces a squad that the Eagles are 20-2 against all-time.
“I just hope we continue to improve and be more and more of the football team we want to be,” said Sparks. “I like the attitude of our team right now. We’ve had some week-to-week improvement in areas, but others have been inconsistent. But we have the want to, the want to get things done.”
Catawba will rely on their discipline, a controlled quarterback, and a star wide receiver if they want to make noise at Mossy Creek.
The Indians are one of nine teams in the nation to have lost just one turnover on the season. Part of that comes from senior quarterback and Wisconsin transfer Danny O’Bryan, who is pickless through three games.
All-Conference wide receiver Nate Charest lead the the corps with 17 grabs for 182 yards and a par of touchdowns.
“They have a great veteran quarterback who has been in just about every situation you could stick a quarterback in,” said Sparks. “He can make all the throws and he’s got great ability and field presence. He encourages others, at least it appears that way on film, and that’s the sign of a great quarterback.
Because of a downpour last Saturday, “Take A Kid to the Game” Day has been set for Saturday’s contest.
As such, children 13 and under will be admitted free. Gates open at 11:30.
The stadium will be filled with activities for kids of all ages provided by the U.S. Army. The best dressed Carson-Newman fan who shows the most “Eagle Spirit,” in their costume will win a $25 gift card to Zaxby’s.
In addition, Saturday’s game is a “Pink Out,” where fans are encouraged to where pink in support of breast cancer awareness.
Finally, Carson-Newman’s coaching staff will be wearing Coach to Cure Muscular Dystrophy patches.
-By Chris Ayers, Assistant Sports Editor