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Small colleges: UVa.-Wise, E&H, TC look to get back on track; C-N chasing fourth straight win

October 25th, 2013 2:40 pm by Staff Report

Small colleges: UVa.-Wise, E&H, TC look to get back on track; C-N chasing fourth straight win

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

West Virginia State (0-7, 0-6) at Virginia-Wise (0-7, 0-5)

WISE — Two Mountain East Conference teams struggling for wins this season will see one finally get its first. Virginia-Wise hosts West Virginia State at 1 p.m. at Carl Smith Stadium.

The Highland Cavaliers are coming off a 49-7 loss on the road at Glenville State. The Yellow Jackets dropped a 31-10 home decision to University of Charleston last week.

In the midst of a difficult season, senior wide receiver James Long continues to stand out for the Highland Cavs. Long leads the MEC in receiving yards (922), receiving yards per game (131.7), all-purpose yards (1,568) and all-purpose yards per game (224), and he enters Saturday's game 136 yards short of former All-American Jason Lovett's school record of 1,058 receiving yards.

Former J.J. Kelly High School standout Jeremiah Cooke is having a solid season on the defensive line for Virginia-Wise. He has 34 tackles and 1½ sacks in 2013.

Quarterback Tyler Seals stars on offense for the Yellow Jackets. The senior is second in the conference with 1,123 passing yards this season. Defensively, West Virginia State is tops in the MEC with 14 interceptions. Romell Haley leads the league with five picks and teammates William Merritt and Dominique Math have four apiece.

Virginia-Wise has never opened a season 0-8.

No. 18 Carson-Newman (6-1) at North Greenville (4-3)

TIGERVILLE, S.C. — The Eagles look to carry their momentum into a non-conference matchup. Game time is 2:30 p.m.

Carson-Newman, riding a three-game winning streak, rolled up 600 yards of total offense in last week's 45-17 thrashing of Tusculum. That tally included more than 500 yards rushing.

The Eagles face NCAA Division II's top receiver in Freddie Martino. Martino has a nation-leading 93 catches for 1,070 yards this season. He hauled in 19 catches against Lenoir-Rhyne.

The Crusaders are coming off a 34-31 loss to Mars Hill last week.

Wingate (3-3, 2-2) at Tusculum (3-4, 1-3)

GREENEVILLE — The Pioneers return home with team captains Bo Cordell and Brian Alexander both within striking distance of major records.

Quarterback Cordell is just 33 yards shy of the NCAA Division II passing record. He enters the game with 14,700 career yards through the air.

Alexander has 331 career tackles, leaving him just nine away from the Tusculum mark held by Jacques Sessions (1991-94). Alexander is the South Atlantic Conference's leading tackler this year with 91 stops, including last week's career-best 20 against Carson-Newman.

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

Emory & Henry (3-3, 0-3) at Catholic (4-2, 1-2)

WASHINGTON — The Wasps look to break their Old Dominion Athletic Conference losing streak against the Cardinals.

Emory & Henry came away with a 15-14 win over Catholic last season to pull even in the series, 8-8. The Wasps kicked a field goal with 10 seconds left to complete a comeback from a 14-0 deficit.

E&H is coming off a 33-12 loss to Hampden-Sydney. Catholic beat Shenandoah 37-7 last week.

Kickoff inside Cardinal Stadium is at 1 p.m.

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