The Cavaliers sent their seniors out the right way when they earned a 21-14 victory over Catawba at Carl Smith Stadium on Saturday.
UVa-Wise (2-8, 1-7) forced three Catawba turnovers, limited the Indians to 197 yards of total offense and made a late defensive stand inside the red zone to secure the win.
Catawba (1-9, 0-7) made a defensive stop inside the 1-yard line with under three minutes to play and took over on downs trailing by seven.
Quarterback Kaylon Wade completed six passes and marched the Indians all the way to the Cavaliers’ 20-yard line. Catawba got a helping hand when defensive back Logan Jenkins was ejected for targeting, resulting in a 15-yard penalty and a first down and moving the ball to the 35.
But when the Indians got to the 23, the UVa-Wise defense stepped up.
Wade threw incomplete on first down then hit a 3-yarder on second down. Wade’s third-down pass was dropped then AJ Felton Jr. capped his day by breaking up the fourth- down pass to seal the win.
Freshman Drew Vermillion, a Gate City product, punted eight times, giving him 80 for the season and breaking the single-season school record.
Freshman quarterback and former Dobyns-Bennett standout Lendon Redwine finished with 17 completions for 206 yards and two touchdowns. He was intercepted twice.
The Cavaliers will wrap up the regular season next week at UNC-Pembroke.
EMORY & HENRY 38, GUILFORD 22
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Emory & Henry (6-3, 5-2 Old Dominion Athletic Conference) got back on the winning track against Guilford (2-7, 1-6).
Senior placekicker and Cherokee alum Matt Seals became the all-time leader in conference history for extra points made by converting all five of his point-after attempts. Seals has 158 makes for his college career and holds the Emory & Henry record for makes in a season with 44.
After forcing fumbles on Guilford’s opening two drives, E&H got the scoring started when senior wide receiver Derrick Yates caught a 28-yard pass from junior quarterback Hunter Taylor.
Guilford quarterback Teddy Gassert kept his team alive when he linked up with Jermaine Russell for a 16-yard TD that made the score 31-16 late. But the Wasps closed the door when Taylor hit junior wideout and former Sullivan East standout Gunner Griffith in stride for a one-play, 74-yard TD with 7:31 to go.
Taylor finished with three touchdowns on 12-for-24 passing for 198 yards and tacked on a rushing score.
Griffith led the way with 134 yards on seven catches, and Yates had three receptions for 45 yards.
Sophomore linebacker and former Dobyns-Bennett standout Ivan Phillips made 14 tackles and added a forced fumble to lead E&H’s defense.
Emory & Henry will close out the regular season next Saturday at home against Ferrum in the fourth Crooked Road Classic. The 1 p.m. game will also serve as Senior Day.