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Small college rundown: Eagles, Pioneers look to rebound; Wasps, Cavs also back in action

October 4th, 2013 4:10 pm by Staff Report

Small college rundown: Eagles, Pioneers look to rebound; Wasps, Cavs also back in action

A look at the area small colleges' football matchups on Saturday:

Carson-Newman (3-1, 1-1) at Mars Hill (1-3, 0-1)

MARS HILL, N.C. — No. 20 Carson-Newman looks to bounce back from last week's upset loss with a visit to Mars Hill's Ammons Family Stadium.

The Eagles are coming off a 25-22 defeat in which Catawba held them to less than 300 yards rushing. C-N still is sixth in the nation in rushing yards per game with an average of 326.3.

Tyron Douglas leads the Eagles' ground attack with a South Atlantic Conference-best six rushing touchdowns. The Lions counter with All-SAC running back Shaikel Davis, who leads the conference in yards rushing and ranks seventh in the nation at 150.8 yards per game.

"He's an exceptional running back," Eagles coach Ken Sparks said of Davis. "They'll give it to him over and over. Then they have Dimitri Holmes out wide, and he's capable of making big plays time and time again."

Holmes has three TDs this year, averaging 6.2 catches per game and already topping 400 yards receiving after four games.

C-N has won 16 of the past 18 meetings with Mars Hill, though the Lions have played the Eagles tough. Seven of the last nine meetings between the schools were decided by 18 points or fewer. 

Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m.

Virginia-Wise (0-4, 0-2) at Notre Dame College (2-2, 1-2)

SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio — A tough loss last week leaves Virginia-Wise still looking for its first win of the season, and the Highland Cavaliers are visiting a team that's hard to beat at home.

Notre Dame College is 2-0 at Mueller Field, where it's averaging more than 500 yards of offense and putting up better than 35 points a game this season.

Tailback Jack Foy has a Mountain East Conference-best 459 receiving yards to lead the Falcons, averaging a nation-leading 12 catches a game. Pedro Powell has 593 rushing yards this season, an average of 148.25 a game. Quarterback Ray Russ has thrown for 1,217 yards and 10 touchdowns through four games.

The Cavs lost a heartbreaker last week when Union scored a touchdown with three seconds left and escaped Carl Smith Stadium with a 24-17 victory. Virginia-Wise hasn't won a game since Oct. 27, 2012.

Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. It's the Falcons' homecoming.

Catawba (3-1, 1-1) at Tusculum (2-2, 0-1)

GREENEVILLE — Two of the SAC's best quarterbacks are facing off at Pioneer Field: Tusculum's Bo Cordell and Catawba's Danny O'Brien.

Cordell is tops in the conference, passing for 352.5 yards per game (sixth in NCAA Division II) and O'Brien is third in the SAC with an average of 241.8 ypg.

The Pioneers lead the league in eight statistical categories, including passing offense (357.8 ypg), passing efficiency (158.23), total offense (498 ypg), red zone offense (89 percent) and third-down conversions (48 percent). The Indians top the SAC in third-down conversion defense (25 percent) and are the best in the conference with only four turnovers through four games.

The Pioneers are coming off a 24-10 homecoming loss to defending conference champion Lenoir-Rhyne. The Indians enter Saturday's game off a 25-22 upset of Carson-Newman.

Catawba holds a 12-5 lead in the series with Tusculum, though 11 of the past 13 meetings were decided by 10 or fewer points.

Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m.

Emory & Henry (3-0, 0-0) at Randolph-Macon (2-1, 0-0)

ASHLAND, W.Va. — Following a bye week, the undefeated Wasps open Old Dominion Athletic Conference play with a visit to longtime rival Randolph-Macon.

The Yellow Jackets, who also had a bye last week, beat Bethany 36-28 on Sept. 21, a game in which Randolph-Macon senior running back Will McGhee rumbled for 296 yards and three touchdowns.

Emory & Henry, led by quarterback Kyle Boden, thumped Methodist 61-22 in its most recent game, marking the most points scored by a Don Montgomery-coached team and the most for the program since a 61-7 win over Maryville in 1990.

Boden posted the most efficient passing day in ODAC history, going 29-of-31 for a conference single-game completion record of 93.5 percent. He threw for 382 yards and five touchdowns, also running for a sixth score. Junior Josh Smith was Boden's favorite target, hauling in 12 passes for 153 yards and two TDs.

The E&H defense forced four turnovers against Methodist. Ryan Byrd, Robbie Gaines and Anthony Jones each intercepted a pass, and Paul Forney forced and recovered a fumble.

Emory & Henry and Randolph-Macon kick off at 1 p.m. at Day Field.

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