W. Carolina 42, Mars Hill 14

Darius Ramsey rushed for 120 yards and Michael Johnson and Troy

Mitchell ran for two scores each as Western Carolina topped Mars

Hill 42-14 on Thursday night.

The win was the first for new coach Mark Speir, the 13th coach

in program history. Speir ordered the Catamounts to pound the ball

on the ground, with the team totaling 344 yards on 63 carries. Four

different players tallied at least 12 rushes, led by Ramsey’s

20.

The Catamounts went into the half up 17-0 on second-quarter

touchdowns by Mitchell and Johnson — the latter following a fumble

forced by linebacker Rock Williams. Western Carolina extended the

lead on the first play from scrimmage in the second half, when

sophomore Trevor Taylor returned a fumble 9 yards for a score.

For Mars Hill, Shaikel Davis ran the ball 18 times for 111

yards.