Paladins prevail over Catamounts, 47-21

George Richardson opened the 2nd half with a 99-yard KO Return for a TD. Photo: Doug Powell

Chris Forcier threw four touchdowns as the Furman Paladins defeated the Western Carolina Catamounts on Family Weekend, Saturday night, 47-21.

Western Carolina failed to maintain consistent drives all night and struggled to put any kind of an offense together.  Sophomore quarterback, Brandon Pechloff had a forgettable night as he threw two interceptions.  Pechloff was benched at one point for Senior quarterback, Zac Brindise, but Brindise failed to provide a spark.  Pechloff would bounce back in the second half and throw two touchdowns.

Sophomore wide receiver, George Richardson would open the second half with a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, but it would be one of only three touchdowns on the day for Western Carolina.  The return marked the first kick-off return for a touchdown by a Catamount since the 2007 season.

Senior running back, Nate Harris led the Catamounts on the ground with 43 yards on two carries.  Senior wide receiver, Josh Cockrell had his best statistical performance of the season with eight catches for 118 yards and two touchdowns.

Furman outgained Western Carolina on the night, 569-339. Three turnovers on offense for the Catamounts derailed most of their drives.

Furman has now won six straight over the Catamounts in the head-to-head series. The Paladins improve to 3-1 on the season and the Catamounts fall to 1-3.

Western Carolina looks to bounce back next week against Elon at home.