As the 2014 football season comes to a close, the Cavaliers say goodbye to the seniors who ended their college careers on Nov. 15 against Fairmont State University. The Cavs beat the Fighting Falcons 24-21 on a last-second field goal, the perfect note to end a rocky season.
The seniors on the team included cornerback Nehemiah Jones, wide receivers Julian Stewart and Gil Lusk, linebacker Jeremiah Cooke, running back Andre Dickerson, defensive end Michael Bowyer, offensive linemen Desmond Burris and Kevin Enix, and tight end Capers Zentmeyer.
Head coach Dewey Lusk had trouble finding words to describe the appreciation and pride he has in this year’s senior class.
“I can’t say enough good things about them,” he said. “I’m proud of what they’ve brought to the team and how they helped us to get better, hold the team together [and] continue to improve, which was very evident in that last football game against Fairmont State. They’re the kids that brought us into this transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II and obviously we’ve got a ways to go, but … they kept the team together and we continued to play hard.”
Senior wide receiver Gil Lusk has spent the last four years playing under his father at UVa- Wise.
According to the statistics provided the UVa-Wise sports information department, he collected 121 yards over a span of eight games during the 2014 season.
Gil Lusk described his team as a “great group of guys.”
“Sometimes things might not have gone to plan, but I love every single one of them,” he said. “They always gave me all they had, and I always gave all I had for them. It was a great game to go out on, and a great team to go out with and I wouldn’t trade a single one of them for the world.”
When asked about playing under his father, Lusk said, “It’s been great, it’s been fun. It’s always been my dream. I went to every single one of his games growing up. It’s over now but I love him and wouldn’t trade any of it for the world.”
Senior cornerback Nehemiah Jones lead the team in total yardage gained on kick returns in the 2014 season.
“Last game, coming out on top. I couldn’t ask for anything more. I’m proud of the way we fought all game, and the senior season, we had our ups and downs, but we come out with a win, so I can’t be too mad about that,” Jones said.