WCU drums Davidson in home opener, 63-17

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CULLOWHEE - Labor Day has come and gone, but the Western Carolina Catamounts were still rocking white cleats for their home opener against Davidson. If you looked even closer, you could see a Superman decal on all the players' helmets as well. Neither of the accessories were fashion statements, however. They were donned to honor Cam Brown, who would have been a freshman on the Catamounts team if he weren't battling bone cancer. Brown made the trip up from Florida for Saturday's game, and his teammates put on quite a show.

WCU scored on their first three drives of the game, all coming off of big plays. Reigning SOCON Offensive Player of the Week, Tyrie Adams, got the party started less than a minute into the game when he lofted a bomb to Steffon Hill who hauled it in, put the brakes on the defender, and slithered by to run for a 58-yard touchdown. On the Cat's next possession, Detrez Newsome took a hand-off from Adams, hit the hole, and scorched his way for a 78-yard score.

Big plays were the theme of the day for Western Carolina. Adams and the offense scored five touchdowns of 40+ yards and rolled up 778 yards of total offense en route to a resounding 63-17 win over the Wildcats. Newsome led the way with 288 yards on 15 carries, to go along with three rushing touchdowns. Adams threw for 274 yards and five touchdowns.

Next week the Catamounts head to Gardener-Webb before returning home again to open conference play against Samford.

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