With football buzzing in the air this past Saturday, the Emory & Henry Wasps swarmed the field with fervor. With their air and running power, the Wasps seized their first win of the 2016 season dishing out a 0-2 record to the Brevard Tornados. After a nail-biting loss to the Ferrum Panthers the previous week, the Wasps were ready to come out fighting against the Tornados and attacked early in the first quarter. As freshman running back and Culpeper, Virginia, native Kendrick Kube sprinted down the gridiron for a
After a nail-biting loss to the Ferrum Panthers the previous week, the Wasps were ready to come out fighting against the Tornados and attacked early in the first quarter. As freshman running back and Culpeper, Virginia, native Kendrick Kube sprinted down the gridiron for a 58-yard touchdown around the three minute mark in the first, the Wasps looked amped as they continued to dominate the Tornados.
Adding a flare to the Wasps offense, wide receiver Jesse Santiago from Yorktown, Virginia, doubled the lead on a 10-yard reception from Monroe, North Carolina, native quarterback Kevin Saxton. Putting the score to 14-0 and heading into the second half, the Wasps yearned for more action.
Entering into the second half hopes remained high with the momentum favoring the Wasps. Tension soon entered the mix as an interception ceased E&H’s first drive of the second half. Soon thereafter, the Tornados went on a full frontal attack and proceeded to score a 44-yard touchdown run to make the score 14-7.
After a dragging period of back and forth punting, the Wasps got the ball close to midfield and pushed their advantage back to 14 points due to another touchdown reception by Santiago, this time a 38-yarder. The Tornados fought back and closed the scoring gap to 21-14 on the versatility and finesse of Bubba Craven who connected with Bobby Clerisier for a 42-yard touchdown to close the gap.
To the Wasps’ advantage, the Tornados soon fumbled the ball and created an opportunity for the E&H team to strike. This time, sophomore Sam Wagner from Marion, Virginia, advanced onto the right side of the field giving the Wasps a solid 28-14 lead.
In the midst of the action, a pair of unruly and unsportsmanlike actions played out on the field as a few E&H and Brevard players got into a scuffle after an intense play. The calls offset each other, but creating a lot of tension between the teams. Brevard then created a big play for a first down, but soon fell to the might of the Wasps due to a turnover on downs allowing E&H to seal the victory.
With an overall powerful performance by the Wasps, they look to attain another victory against the Scots of Maryville College this upcoming Saturday, Sep. 17 at 1:30 PM.
– Andrew Davis