Football Loses the Season Opener in a Heartbreaker

The Emory & Henry College football team, and it was a difficult week for the Wasps. The team traveled to Ferrum College to compete in the Crooked Road classic against Ferrum College’s new head coach, former Emory & Henry defensive coordinator Rob Grande.
After winning the last nine straight classics against the Ferrum Panthers, the Wasps were aiming to make it ten straight with another victory and start the season 1-0. The Wasps would start the scoring early, jumping up 14-0 after two Sam Wagner touchdown runs, both from 12 yards out.
The E&H Wasps would tack on another touchdown before halftime as Quarterback Kevin Saxton found Jessie Santiago through the air for Santiago’s first touchdown as a Wasp. The Ferrum Panthers would get a touchdown before the half as the score was 21-7.
In the third quarter, the Wasps extended their lead even more as Saxton struck again through the air, this time to Eric White. Ferrum would end up scoring 24 unanswered points to tie the game up after Matt Seals made a field goal
for Emory. After the Panthers scored their touchdown to tie the game up, they kicked the ball off and E&H Wasp Kendrick Kube would return it 97 yards for an Emory & Henry touchdown with 57 seconds left.
Ferrum did not give up and marched down the field on a 68 yard drive for a touchdown. Rolling the dice for the win, the Panthers decided to go for two and converted to beat Emory 39-38. It was a tough day for the Wasps, although the offensive side played very well.
Several players stood out throughout the day, including Kevin Saxton who went for 235 yards on 24-42 passing and three touchdowns through the air. Jesse Santiago also had a great first game as a Wasp as he tallied six receptions, 86 yards and one touchdown. If you take a closer look at the stats, the Wasps were outgained in total yards and rushing yards, as they could not find a way to contain Ferrum’s rushing attack. However, Emory & Henry will be back in action again on Saturday at 3 p.m. as they take on the Division II Brevard College Tornadoes at home in the Nicewonder Stadium.

– Andrew McClung

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