Football Team Expects a Better Season in Fall 2015

The Cavalier football team finished last season with a 2-9 record. Although the bar was set higher, they did not meet their goals. They finished tenth in the conference, only placing in front of West Virginia State University. In previous years, Head Coach Dewey Lusk’s program always had a losing record.

Dewey Lusk will begin his fith season as the head coach of the UVa-Wise football program in 2015, following a 2-9 campaign in 2014. Both wins came against Mountain East Conference opponents, with wins over West Virginia State and Fairmont State to end the season.  Three years ago, the Cavaliers shocked eventual playoff participant and nationally ranked Bethel 24-21 in the season opener. The team also claimed victories over Bluefield College and Union College in the school’s final season in the Mid-South Conference.  Four seasons ago, Lusk spent his first season as a head coach after working as an assistant for 26 seasons. The long awaited first game for Lusk was a thriller as the Cavaliers opened the season with a 37-29 home victory over nationally ranked Webber International.  Two weeks later, Lusk and his Cavs squared off with local rival Emory & Henry for what many labeled as the final meeting of the two schools. The Emory & Henry alumnus and former assistant will go down as the head coach of one of the more memorable games in UVa-Wise history as the Cavs scored on a lateral punt return on the game’s final play to upend the Wasps 33-30.
Dewey Lusk will begin his fith season as the head coach of the UVa-Wise football program in 2015, following a 2-9 campaign in 2014. Both wins came against Mountain East Conference opponents, with wins over West Virginia State and Fairmont State to end the season.

The big question that is roaming around campus at Uva Wise is what needs to be changed. Many students, fans and athletes suggest amending the coaching staff. Others believe that recruiting needs to be better. The question will remain unanswered until progress is displayed. There are players on the roster that can get the job done and meet an ultimate goal of achieving a Mountain East Championship. If grey areas are filled, the potential for the Cavaliers to be successful this year will sky rocket.

Sophomore Jeremiah Jordan when asked about his expectations for the upcoming season, Jordan said, “for both sides of the ball to do everything in our power to be successful. We really have to focus on staying consistent, while maintaining discipline in order to win games.” “I feel like on both sides of the ball, we have the potential to become better than we were in the previous season, but potential only gets you but so far,” Jordan said. “We have freshmen and returners that can play a major role in our journey to success this year. We worked really hard this pre-season in camp so that we can be a step closer to achieving our ultimate goal.”

According to Jordan, everyone on the team has faith that they can obtain more wins and ultimately improve this coming season.

Will the Cavaliers step up and get the job done? Be sure to wish them luck as they take on Tusculum University for the season opener on September 5 at 7 p.m. at Carl Smith Stadium.

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