A look at the area's small college football matchups on Saturday:
EMORY — The Wasps, looking to bounce back from their first loss of the season, return home to Fred Selfe Stadium to host the Generals. Kickoff is at 1 p.m.
Emory & Henry opened the season with three straight victories before running into Old Dominion Athletic Conference rival Randolph-Macon, which took a 45-20 win last week. The Yellow Jackets had 549 yards of total offense, the Wasps just 294.
Washington and Lee brings the ODAC's top rushing offense, averaging 352.2 yards per game — offering a tall task for the Wasps' challenged run defense. E&H is giving up 220.5 yards a game, last in the conference.
The Wasps, led by quarterback Kyle Boden, counter with the ODAC's second-best passing offense at 301.5 ypg and the league's most efficient at 175.5. Boden is 103-for-136 with 12 touchdown passes against one interception. He's averaging 295.8 yards a game.
WISE — The Rams bring the top-ranked defense in the Mountain East Conference into the first-ever meeting between the teams. Kickoff is at noon.
Shepherd opponents have scored a total of 47 points this season. The Rams' defense is allowing only 260.4 yards a contest — just 39.6 on the ground — and they've already recorded an MEC-best 17 sacks this year.
Despite their 0-5 mark, the Highland Cavaliers boast one of the premier players in the MEC. James Long enters as the league leader in all-purpose yards (1,086), receiving yards (638) and receiving yards per game (127.6). Last week, Long totaled 380 all-purpose yards, catching 16 passes for 268 yards and four touchdowns.
The Rams, led by Allen Cross and Jabre Lolley, average 220.6 rushing yards per game.
ROME, Ga. — The Eagles meet Shorter for the first time in coach Ken Sparks' 399th career game.
The Phil Jones-coached Hawks run a dangerous triple-option attack, though they've been held to less than 200 yards rushing for the past three games. Eric Dodson has passed for 583 yards and two scores, also rushing for 246 yards and two TDs.
Shorter shouldn't be overlooked because of its record, Sparks cautions.
"Shorter's a good football team, they've got a bunch of starters back off last year's team," he said. "They're a time bomb waiting to happen, and I hope it doesn't go off against us because if we're not ready, it will."
The Eagles' defense continued its opportunistic bent last Saturday against Mars Hill with a pick and a fumble recovery. They are fifth in the nation in takeaways with 15 — three off the team's total from last season.
Though the teams have never met, Carson-Newman is 5-1 at Barron Stadium. The Eagles played there in the Nick Hyder Classic between 1998 and 2005. Their lone loss came to North Alabama, 27-24 in 1999.
Kickoff Saturday is set for 1:30 p.m.
NEWBERRY, S.C. — The Pioneers look to build off last week's 43-25 South Atlantic Conference win over Catawba when they take on the league-leading Wolves. SAC offensive player of the week Bo Cordell threw for 424 yards and three touchdowns and Tusculum's defense forced three turnovers and blocked a punt in the win.
For the Pioneers to earn their first road win since Nov. 6, 2010, they must unseat an undefeated team on its home turf on homecoming.
Newberry is coming off a 42-28 road win over Wingate in which it scored 21 unanswered points to record the 400th victory in program history.
This week’s contest will be the 16th meeting between the schools. Tusculum leads the series 8-7 but Newberry has won the past three matchups, including last year’s 31-17 decision in Greeneville.
Kickoff is set for 4 p.m.