Wasps Get First Win in Season

Peyton Williams, Sports Writer • pcwilliams16@ehc.edu

The Emory & Henry football team took it to the gridiron this past Saturday as they traveled to Brevard College in North Carolina.  The Wasps were looking to rebound after their loss last week at home against Ferrum College.

E&H toppled the Tornadoes, winning by a final score of 48-13.

The game started out as a tight contest.  After both teams tallied a field goal and touchdown, the Wasps began to take the upper hand.  E&H outscored Brevard 38-3 after Brevard tied it up at 10 apiece.  Junior running back Sam Wagner put the Wasps into the lead, 17-10, with an 11-yard touchdown run.  Sophomore kicker Matt Seals then added a short field goal to extend the lead to 20-10.  Brevard kicker Samuel Butikofer nailed a 46-yard field goal to make the score 20-13 going into the locker room at halftime.

When the Wasps came out for the second half, they were a completely different team.  The Wasps shut out the Tornadoes in the second half.  Right out of the gates, senior quarterback Kevin Saxton fired a touchdown to sophomore wideout Derrick Yates, their second scoring connection of the day.

Heading into the fourth quarter, the score was 27-13.  The Wasps offense pummeled the Tornadoes in the last 15 minutes, adding three more scores on the ground.  Wagner added four more yards on the ground for his second touchdown of the day.

A pair of freshman running backs had a respective day as well.  The freshmen duo of Brady Justice and Mikel Gamble accounted for two touchdowns, each of them scoring their first college touchdown.

On the defensive side of the ball, the Wasps were just as successful.  Senior All-American Davon Keith and sophomore Harlan Faddis led the E&H defense.  Keith and Faddis both led the way with six tackles each.

From a special teams perspective, kicker Matt Seals was perfect on the day.  Seals credited his offense for making the jobs easier for everyone else on the team.  Seals stated that “when the offense is clicking, it makes everyone’s job easier including mine.”  The sophomore kicker was perfect on his field goal attempts to go along with his six made extra points.

The successful road trip for the Wasps brings their record to 1-1 on the season following their opening week loss.  The Wasps will return to the field this Saturday as they host Maryville College in a non-conference contest.  Kickoff is set for 1:00 P.M. at Fred Selfe Stadium.

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