WISE — Ty Ryans threw four of the Highland Cavaliers’ five interceptions — two for the dreaded pick-6 — in a 38-15 Mountain East Conference loss to the University of Charleston at Carl Smith Stadium Saturday.
It was the first college start for the former Cherokee standout, whose first pass of the day was snagged by Torie Wagner for a score. The cornerback’s 11-yard scoring return put the Golden Eagles up by two touchdowns with 11:06 left in the first quarter.
Ryans was intercepted by cornerback Kenneth Ridley and linebacker Dorian Curry on back-to-back Cavs possessions late in the second quarter.
Ryans was picked off the fourth and final time late in the third quarter by defensive back Bam Harrison, whose 25-yard scoring return put the Eagles up 31-9 on kicker Puma Nuredini’s extra point.
It rained continually for the better part of Ryans’ minutes on the field, but the 6-foot-4, 190-pound Rogersville product refused to blame a wet football for his woes.
Fellow freshman QB Jeremy Eubank, who went in immediately following the pick by Harrison, turned the ball over on an interception on his first series.
Interceptions have been pandemic this season at Virginia-Wise (0-3, 0-2), which has had three quarterbacks give up a combined 15 picks over three games.
The Cavs got 57 of their 135 rushing yards from running back Andre Dickerson.
Placekicker Paul Melshen accounted for nine of Virginia-Wise’s 15 points, hitting field goals of 33, 36 and 30 yards. His lone PAT kick attempt was blocked by Isaiah Gibson.
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