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UVa-Wise looks to get offense on track; Wasps have tall order for homecoming

Kevin Mays • Oct 16, 2019 at 8:49 PM

WISE — Two teams looking to change the direction of their season are on a collision course for Saturday at Carl Smith Stadium.

Virginia-Wise (1-5, 0-4) hosts Tusculum (1-5, 1-3) in South Atlantic Conference football action. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.

The game features two teams that have struggled all season, particularly on the offensive side of the ball.

UVa-Wise opened the season with a 40-22 win over Chowan. Since then, the Cavaliers have lost five straight contests and have not scored more than 14 points in any game.

Quarterback questions continue to hamper the Cavs.

Three different quarterbacks have started at the position, including freshman Lendon Redwine, who has struggled in his first two collegiate starts.

In two games against Newberry and Lenoir-Rhyne and a quarter against Carson-Newman, the former Dobyns-Bennett QB has completed 32 of 64 passes for 184 yards with one touchdown and five interceptions.

Defensively, redshirt junior Marcus Tarrer continues to make high marks. Last weekend against Newberry, Tarrer recorded 11 tackles, including 3.5 tackles for loss.

For the season, Tarrer leads the SAC with 54 tackles.

The Cavalier defense also has strength up front with linemen Rondre Knowles-Tenner and Chavon Fields.

Knowles-Tenner leads UVa-Wise with 4.5 quarterback sacks, while Fields has four sacks on the season.

MORE OFFENSIVE STRUGGLES

Like UVa-Wise, Tusculum enters the game with a struggling offensive unit. The Pioneers racked up 234 yards of offense against No. 8 Lenoir-Rhyne last weekend, but it all came through the air.

Tusculum was held to minus 5 yards rushing and was a woeful 2-for-14 on third-down conversions.

EDWARDS HOMECOMING

Also like UVa-Wise, Tusculum’s defense has fared much better than its offense.

The Pioneer defense is guided by defensive coordinator Cody Edwards, a 2010 graduate of UVa-Wise who played on the Cavs’ 2007 Mid-South Conference championship team.

ON THE AIR

The game will be broadcast on live radio on WLSD FM 92.5 and on WSMG FM 95.5 and with online video at uvawisecavs.com.

TOUGH HOMECOMING FOR THE WASPS

Emory & Henry (3-2, 2-1) hosts Washington and Lee (4-1, 3-0) for its homecoming game this weekend. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.

The Wasps are coming off a 56-14 Old Dominion Athletic Conference win over Southern Virginia last weekend.

The win marked the first time since 1987 that E&H has scored over 50 points for two consecutive games.

FLYING HIGH

The offense enters the game led by quarterback Hunter Taylor, who completed 13 of 24 passes for 175 yards and three touchdowns last weekend.

Taylor also scored another TD for the Wasps with 24 rushing yards.

Derrick Yates, of Abingdon, was on the receiving end of most of Taylor’s passing success last weekend. He hauled in six passes for 125 yards and three touchdowns.

The Wasps have also developed a solid rushing game with freshman T.J. Tester picking up a career-best 141 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries.

HERE COME THE GENERALS

After a season-opening loss, Washington and Lee has won four straight.

Quarterback Jack Pollard has completed 19 of 26 passes for 537 yards and five touchdowns since becoming the starting signal caller in the third week of the season.

Pollard is also a running threat. He has picked up 225 yards and two touchdowns on 38 carries.

Washington and Lee’s defense is one of the top in the ODAC. The Generals have held each of their last four opponents to less than 50 yards per game. The W&L defense has also produced 17 sacks so far this season.

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