Catamount Football Wraps Up Spring With Saturday Showcase


Cullowhee, North Carolina – Amid unseasonably cold temperatures and sporadic snow showers, the West Carolina Football Team wrapped up its annual spring drills Saturday afternoon at EJ Whitmire Stadium by hosting its third intrasquad scrimmage with the Spring Football Showcase, presented by the UltraStar multi-entertainment center at Harrah’s Cherokee.

Among 20 practices and nearly 100 plays on Saturday, WCU’s offense scored on six possessions, with the defensive unit recording 14 combined saves, including four turnovers on interceptions. Dressed in purple shirts over gold pants, the attack started the scrum fast with four straight drives for points before the defense – dressed in all-white Nike uniforms – asserted their strength by controlling the middle part of the final scrum of spring. The WCU offense closed the Spring Football Showcase with a touchdown in the two-minute practice.

Using a special scoring system that awarded points in the traditional way as well as for explosive plays in attack and tackles for losses in defence, the final tally ended with the defense leading on the Whitmire Stadium scoreboard , 111 to 63.

Wearing the protected red jerseys, six different quarterbacks guided Catamount’s offense against the defensive unit on Saturday. Carlos Davis led the way on Saturday, going 19 of 28 for 172 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. Davis threw some killer strikes at TE Clayton Bardall (5 yards), WR Terrence Horne (4 meters), and Raphael Williams (2 meters). QC Kason Lincke finished 5-for-8 for 112 yards with a 31-yard touchdown pass to WR Toler Keigleywho finished with three catches for 47 yards.

Returning QB Brody Palhegyi, Bryson Grabowskiand Metzger Parish also guided an offensive streak with freshman newcomer Samuel Cornet see the weather in the Catamount in the backfield on Saturday.

Second-year wide receiver Raphael Williams led the Catamount offense with 11 catches for 119 yards and Davis’ scoring, with CJ Williams catching four passes for 120 yards and a 19-yard touchdown from Metzger in the second half. WR David White also caught three passes for 42 yards on Saturday afternoon.

A total of 11 different players have finished with at least one strike for WCU’s offense.

Tailback T.J. Jones rushed nine times for 53 yards, scoring the lone rushing touchdown on a nine-yard run into the left corner of the end zone to lead the running backs. Jaiden Bond rushed for 33 yards on seven carries, adding three receptions for 25 yards out of the backfield, with Quenten Zanders rushing for 62 yards on eight touches and Troy Jefferson record three dailies.

The WCU defense finished Saturday’s scrimmage with four interceptions – two each by a rising senior Cameron McCutcheon and freshman Dukes of Samauria. The unit combined for 16 total tackles for loss, including eight sacks and were credited with six pass breakups – three by a freshman Jayion McMillan.

Defensive lineman KJ Milner finished with seven total tackles, including three tackles for loss with a sack, while DB rookie Hayward McQueen was credited with seven tackles, including one for loss. Hybrid defensive end Micah Nelson posted three sacks, stripping Davis in the backfield while forcing a fumble on his third sack. skylin thomas nearly found a six pick, skipping a screen pass route with the offense saved inside his 10-yard line to come away with a PBU.

WCU special teams units worked in a series of pre-scramble drills with punters Brandon Dickerson and Brady Elms split reps and placekickers Richard McCollum and paxton robertson handle kicking tasks. During the scrimmage, McCollum connected on four PATs with Robertson splitting the uprights twice, Dickerson and Elms splitting the four punts forced by the defense.

With its 15-workout spring drills complete, West Carolina is now focused on wrapping up the semester in the classroom with additional strength and conditioning training leading into the summer. Fall camp ahead of the 2022 season begins in August with the Catamounts to open the schedule on Labor Day weekend in the South Carolina Lowcountry, visiting Charleston Southern in Ladson, SC on Saturday, September 3.

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