The UVa-Wise Cavalier football team lost to the Notre Dame University Falcons 41-10 on Saturday.
Mistakes on the offensive and defensive side of the ball, such as an interception and fumbles for the Cavaliers allowed the Falcons to take the lead early in the game as they went up 13-0 early in the second quarter.
In the second quarter, the Cavaliers were able to drive the ball down the field for six. Freshman running back Von Purvis scored the Cavalier’s only touchdown.
Head Coach Dewey Lusk believes that poor execution was the reason for the Cavaliers’ performance.
“We did not execute well in all three phases of the game today, offense, defense or special teams. We must execute more consistently to have an opportunity to win.”
According to Lusk, freshman wide receiver Cedrick Watkins and freshman middle linebacker Zach Blair stepped up for the Cavaliers.
Quarterback Ty Ryans had 12 completions and rushed for 20 yards.
According to Ryans, the team was not completely focused in Saturday’s game.
“We were not focused,” he said. “We had a good week of practice, but we didn’t perform well.
“Mistakes killed us, also. Most of our mistakes were lackadaisical, so we just have to gain our focus back and keep it for four quarters.”
The game itself was tense as multiple fights took place.
Two of these incidents led to the ejection of two UVa-Wise players sophomore center Randy Kumah, and junior offensive lineman Jose Urrutia.
Ty Ryans said, “The two players that got ejected are key players on our line. Luckily we will have them back next game.”
According to Kumah, before his ejection he was contributing well to the game.
“I felt like I was doing a pretty good job,” he said. “It definitely hurt our offense losing two of our starters on the offensive line to ejections.”
Randy Kumah and Jose Urrutia will be allowed to play in the next game which will be held Oct. 11 at 12 p.m. against Shepherd University.