Cam Derr, Sports Writer • firstname.lastname@example.org
The Emory & Henry Wasps took on the Ferrum Panthers in the Wasps season opener, at home over the weekend of September 1. This past Saturday was an unreasonably cold and rainy afternoon football game began with a kickoff to Sophomore Caleb Horton, who was tackled at the 35-yard line. Emory and Henry scored first with a field goal from Matt Seals, putting them ahead 3-0.
The Wasps played a tight defense the first half, holding Ferrum to 6 points, including an interception by junior Jaylyn Johnson, and a sack by junior Kash Jones.
After inducting Emory & Henry Alumni into the Athletic Hall of Fame, it was back to business on the playing field. Ferrum led 6-3 through three quarters, but early in quarter four, the skies looked bright on a gloomy day at Fred Selfe Stadium, when the Wasps scored on a safety after Ferrum’s Kicker fell on the ball in the end zone, now only trailing by one. The Wasps racked up a 42-yard field goal by sophomore Kicker Matt Seals, to put Emory and Henry on top by two. The skies fell dark once again after the ball was, quite literally, stripped from the hands of E&H. That play led to the ultimate victory for Panthers, making it the second year in a row it’s come down to the final minutes of the Crooked Road Classic, in Ferrum’s favor.
Some positives that came out of Game 1, came from Freshman Brady Justice who ran the ball 82 yards on 11 carries. On top of a stellar defense only giving up 169 rushing yards.
As for the rest of the season, Head Coach Newsome says he has high expectations.
“There are so many returning players, we have sixteen starters back off the team that won the last five games, we didn’t get off to the kind of start we wanted to, but we do have high expectations”.
The home opener was not how any Wasp fan or athlete wanted it to start but Coach Newsome is ready to refocus his team for this weekends game at Brevard.
The Wasps game this Saturday will be a 1 o’clock kickoff and you can listen on WEHC 90.7.