Mark Cato’s Five Touchdowns Helps Lead Florida Tech To 42-31 Victory Over North Greenville

By  //  October 14, 2017

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Antwuan Haynes rushed for 155 yards

Quarterback Mark Cato accounted for five touchdowns on Saturday afternoon to guide Florida Tech to a 42-31 road victory over North Greenville. (FIT Image)

NORTH GREENVILLE, SOUTH CAROLINA – Quarterback Mark Cato accounted for five touchdowns on Saturday afternoon to guide Florida Tech to a 42-31 road victory over North Greenville.

The Panthers improved to 4-3 on the season, while NGU dropped to 3-4.

FIT outgained North Greenville 552-350, with 325 yards coming through the air and 227 on the ground. The Crimson and Gray also ended with a 31-23 advantage in first downs.

Cato finished the game 20-of-33 and passed for 325 yards, a season-high four touchdowns and no picks. He also rushed for 11 yards and one score against the Crusaders.

Demetrius Frazier caught five of Cato’s passes for 92 yards and two touchdowns. Jaaron Barrett hauled in four passes for 59 yards and a touchdown, all season-highs. Terence Bynum also recorded season-bests three receptions, 71 yards and one touchdown.

Antwuan Haynes

Antwuan Haynes rushed for 155 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries, his fourth 100-yard rushing game of the season. Sekai Lindsay finished with 12 carries and 60 yards.

Defensively, the Panthers were led by Adonis Davis and Evan Thompson in the game. Davis collected 7.5 tackles, including 2.0 tackles for loss and one sack. Thompson had 5.0 tackles with one for loss. Yawn Coleman joined in on the action with 3.5 tackles and an interception.

The Panthers opened the scoring midway through the first with Barrett snagging his first touchdown of the season from a 33-yard strike from Cato.

The Crusaders would come back with a vengeance and quickly stole the lead with consecutive touchdowns to make the score 14-7 with 13:48 left in the second quarter.

Instead of letting the momentum get away from them, the Panther offense tied the game with the second passing touchdown on the day for Cato, this time to Frazier on a 17-yard rocket with 11:13 left in the first half.

FIT then regained the lead, 21-14, with 5:25 left in the second when Cato capped off an impressive 11-play, 81-yard drive with a one-yard TD run.

NGU would bring the score within four, 21-17, when Matt Gravely made a 41-yard field goal with 2:22 left before the half.

Despite being left with short time before the end of the first half, Cato led an impressive two minute drive and found Frazier on a 10-yard touchdown pass to give FIT a 28-17 lead with 55 seconds left.

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Florida Tech came out a little flat in the second half and gave up three scoring drives within the first 13 minutes of the second stanza. Gravely made a pair of field goals, from 49 and 43 yards, and Tristen Jackson scored on a two-yard touchdown run to help NGU take back the lead, 31-28.

The Panthers regained the lead, 35-31, on Cato’s fourth touchdown pass of the day, this one to Bynum for a 49-yard score with 1:46 left in the third quarter.

Haynes iced the game for FIT with 8:55 left when he scampered into the end zone from 15 yards out for the final score of the game.

The Panthers are back in action next Saturday, Oct. 21, hosting West Alabama at 2 p.m. ET at Florida Tech Panther Stadium. The contest is the Gulf South Conference Game of the Week and will be live streamed on ESPN3 and the ESPN app.

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