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Small college rundown: Virginia-Wise, C-N, Tusculum, E&H football teams set for action

September 13th, 2013 2:23 pm by Staff Report

Small college rundown: Virginia-Wise, C-N, Tusculum, E&H football teams set for action

A look at the area small colleges' football matchups this weekend:

Virginia-Wise (0-1) at West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats (0-1)

BUCKHANNON, W.Va. — Virginia-Wise's season of firsts hits high gear Saturday.

The Highland Cavaliers kick off their inaugural NCAA Division II Mountain East Conference football game at noon against West Virginia Wesleyan in the first meeting between the schools.

Virginia-Wise is coming off a 56-21 season-opening loss at FCS Campbell. The Bobcats fell 49-7 to Elon, also an FCS school.

Cavs senior James Long totaled a career-high 252 yards against the Camels.  He returned four kicks for a 136 yards, including an 88-yard touchdown, and had four reception for 116 yards. Long was named the special teams player of the week by the MEC.

Wesleyan was just 2-9 in 2012 but three of those losses were by a touchdown or less.

Virginia-Wise and Wesleyan join Notre Dame College and Urbana as the four schools playing the inaugural MEC football games Saturday. The Notre Dame-Urbana matchup also kicks off at noon.

Carson-Newman (1-0) at Colorado Mines (1-0)

GOLDEN, Colo. — Ken Sparks will coach in his 395th game on the Carson-Newman sidelines when the No. 11 Eagles travel to Golden, Colo., to face Colorado Mines in the Boulder Broker Classic. Kickoff is at 2 p.m. 

The game will be just Carson-Newman’s third in the Centennial State and first outside playoff competition. 

The Eagles are coming off a 55-28 win over Wayne State.

Mines enters the game following a record-setting 72-6 win over South Dakota Mines. The Orediggers rolled up a school-record 727 yards of offense in 108 plays against the Hardrockers and matched an NCAA record with 42 first downs. 

Carson-Newman is 1-1 all-time in Colorado, winning the 1983 national title game over Mesa State in Grand Junction 36-28, but losing in the first round of the 1991 NAIA playoffs to Western State, 38-21. 

Elizabeth City State (0-1) at Tusculum (1-0)

GREENEVILLE — Looking to build on last week's impressive season opener, the Pioneers welcome the Vikings.

Tusculum blitzed College of Faith, winning 63-0 after forcing seven turnovers and scoring on an interception return, a punt return and a fumble return.

The Pioneers also impressed offensively. Quarterback Bo Cordell was 11-for-12 passing for 182 yards and four touchdowns in just six series under center. Three of those TD tosses went to Johnathan Diliberto, tying a  school single-game record for most TD catches in a half. 

Elizabeth City State fell 35-32 to Newberry last week despite getting a stellar effort from signal-caller Casey Turner. Turner was 25-for-40 for 374 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.

Kickoff at Pioneer Field is set for 1:30 p.m.

Maryville (1-0) at Emory & Henry (1-0)

EMORY, Va. — Offense should be the name of the game between the visiting Scots and the Wasps when the teams meet for the first time at Fred Selfe Stadium since 2000.

Emory & Henry scored the first 42 points of the game in its 49-13 season-opening win over Ferrum last week. The Wasps finished with 463 yards of total offense, including 331 through the air.

The E&H defense held Ferrum to 179 yards of total offense.

Maryville racked up 516 total offensive yards in its 37-0 rout of Berry last Saturday. The Scots' defense, meanwhile, held the Vikings to just 57 yards rushing.

The Wasps beat the Scots 21-8 last year at Maryville.

Kickoff is set for 2 p.m.

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