Wasps Split a Pair ODAC Games

Mylan Brewer, Sports Writer • bmbrewer16@ehc.edu

Emory & Henry College Football Team got revenge against Washington & Lee University in their opening conference game at Fred Selfe Stadium on September 30. E&H was victorious over the Generals 45-42.

The Wasps did some of their best clock management of the season on the game-winning drive, chewing 6:27 off the clock on a 12-play, 79-yard drive that culminated with Brady Justice’s third touchdown of the game, a one-yard push over the left side. The Wasps had 453 total yards of offense.

Kevin Saxton completed 22-31 passes for 220 yards and 1 touchdown. Saxton also rushed for 31 yards. Leading rusher, Brady Justice rushed for 135 yards on 18 attempts for 3 touchdowns. Leading receiver, Derrick Yates had 8 catches for 85 yards and 1 touchdown. Jesse Santiago had 7 catches for 70 yards. Matthew Seals was 6/6 on extra points. Seals made a 49 yard eld goal, which goes down in the history books as the second longest field goal in school history.

On the defensive side of the ball, Justin Banks received the ODAC defensive player of the week. Banks had 14 total tackles, 9 solo and 5 assisted. Banks forced a fumble and returned it for a 27 yard touchdown.

When asked about his performance against W&L, Banks had a humble response. “My coaches put together a game plan that had me involved with the run and for me to make plays, so I just tried to make the most of those opportunities. My teammates did their jobs, so I just tired to make sure I did my part by not letting them down.” Banks plans on improving by continuing to watch lm and practice hard.

Emory & Henry Football Team then fell short at Shenandoah University 47-24, losing their first conference game on October 7. The Hornets scored 20 unanswered points in the final two quarters to pull away from the E&H. The Wasps gave up 603 total yards on defense. On offense the Wasps stung themselves, turning the ball over three times.

Kevin Saxton completed 23-38 passes for 272 yards and 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Leading rusher, Isaiah Rogers rushed for 98 yards on 10 attempts. Brady Justice rushed for 68 yards on 10 attempts.

Leading receiver, Derrick Yates caught 7 passes for 137 yards and one touchdown. When asked about his performance, Yates said, “ I felt like I played a decent game. I tried to play to the best of my ability to give us a chance to win.” Yates wants to improve his route running and decision making to be on the same page as the quarterback.

The Wasps look to get back in the winning column this Saturday against Randolph-Macon College for a crucial ODAC game.

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