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Small college rundown: Playoff berth up for grabs when C-N, Newberry meet

November 8th, 2013 4:15 pm by Staff Report

Small college rundown: Playoff berth up for grabs when C-N, Newberry meet

A look at the area's small college football matchups Saturday:

No. 21 Newberry (8-1, 5-1) at No. 25 Carson-Newman (7-2, 3-2)

JEFFERSON CITY — The stakes are high for Saturday's South Atlantic Conference meeting at Burke-Tarr Stadium. The Wolves are No. 2 in Super Region II, the Eagles No. 8, so a Newberry win knocks Carson-Newman out of the playoff picture.

The Wolves' own a 4-3 series lead over the Eagles since Newberry's 2006 SAC championship season. Newberry won 47-22 in last year's meeting.

Carson-Newman is coming off a 37-3 loss to No. 18 Lenoir-Rhyne. The Eagles were held to less than100 yards rushing for just the 10th time in Ken Sparks' career in Jefferson City and first since 1998.

The Eagles are 8-1 following such games. Newberry, which beat Brevard 28-21 last week, has held four teams below 100 yards rushing and six under 120 yards.

Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.

West Liberty (3-6, 3-4) at Virginia-Wise (1-8, 1-6)

WISE — The Highland Cavaliers look to build off their first victory of the season against a team they hold a 2-0 series lead on. Saturday's 1 p.m. meeting is the teams' first as members of the Mountain East Conference, however, and their first since 2003.

It's Senior Day at Carl Smith Stadium, and Virginia-Wise record-holders James Long and Paul Melshen are among the 11 seniors who'll be honored. A week ago, Long hauled in nine receptions for 76 yards to move past Jason Lovett for the single-season receiving record with 1,119 yards. Entering this season, Melshen already was the school's all-time leader in field goals, and he has increased his career total to 26 with six makes in 2013.

Virginia-Wise, coming off a bye, beat West Virginia State 18-10 two weeks ago. West Liberty enters the game on a three-game losing streak.

Tusculum (3-6, 1-4) at Brevard (2-7, 1-5)

BREVARD, N.C. — Two teams looking to end extended losing streaks meet at Brevard Memorial Stadium at 1 p.m. The Pioneers have dropped four straight, including last week's 60-20 drubbing at No. 19 UNC Pembroke, and the Tornados have lost three in a row.

Tusculum and Brevard feature contrasting offensive styles. The Pioneers average a SAC-leading 346.3 passing yards per game while the Tornados churn out 254.7 rushing ypg, which is third in the conference.

Despite last week's loss, Tusculum linebacker etched his name in the Pioneers' record book. Alexander became the school's all-time tackles leader with 343 career stops, surpassing the mark held by Jacques Sessions (340, 1991-94).

Emory & Henry (4-4, 1-4) at Shenandoah (3-5, 2-3)

WINCHESTER, Va. — Shenandoah joined the Old Dominion Athletic Conference last season, and Saturday's game is just the second ever between the schools. The Wasps rallied from a 10-point deficit for a 20-17 win last year at Emory.

E&H dropped a 34-17 ODAC decision at home to Bridgewater last Saturday. Shenandoah lost 42-7 to Randolph-Macon.

A win over the Wasps would give the Hornets, under the guidance of first-year coach Scott Yoder, their most victories since the 2005 season. Shenandoah offensive coordinator Stan Hodgin served as Emory & Henry's OC for the 2011 and 2012 seasons.

Kickoff Saturday at Shentel Stadium is set for 1 p.m.

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