GLENVILLE, W.Va. — A slow start and 182 yards of penalty yards proved to be too much to overcome for visiting UVa-Wise as Glenville State scored a 37-21 Mountain East Conference victory at Morris Stadium Saturday.
Glenville State (3-1, 3-1) took the opening kick and moved 67 yards on six plays to take a 7-0 lead with 13:06 to play in the first quarter. Sean Steele found Dante Absher on a seven-yard touchdown pass to finish off the drive.
A drive later, the pair hooked up for a second touchdown. This time, Absher hauled in an 11-yard pass for the score, a botch snapped led to a failed point after leaving the score 13-0 in favor of the Pioneers.
Chandler Carrera would extend the lead to 16-0 when he finished off a 10-play 32-yard scoring drive with a 22-yard field goal with 4:44 to play in the opening period.
Neither side would be able to dent the scoreboard again until Absher caught his third touchdown of the half, a 23-yard pass from Steele. Carrera’s extra point sent coach David Hutchinson’s team to intermission with a 20-0 lead.
UVa-Wise (0-4, 0-3) began to find its footing in the second half. Glenville State moved the ball 57 yards on 13 plays on its opening possession of the half but would be unable to score as Carrera missed a 36-yard field goal attempt.
The Cavaliers took the ball and put together their first scoring drive of the day. Coach Dewey Lusk’s squad moved the ball 80 yards before Daniel Lewis scored on a quarterback keeper. Trent Martin was true on his point after attempt and the Glenville State lead was trimmed to 23-7.
Following a Glenville State punt, UVa-Wise took over inside its own five-yard line to start the fourth quarter. On the opening play of the drive, Lewis was pressured and escaped the pocket, the junior would be hit shortly after releasing a pass that would be intercepted by Quintavius Twine and returned six yards for a score. Carrera’s conversion kick seemingly put the game out of reach at 30-7 with 11:49 to play in the contest.
Former Hampton High School standout Jeremy Eubank entered the game at quarterback and connected on his first five pass attempts. His final attempt on the drive would be a 25-yard touchdown pass to Terrence Younger. Martin made the extra point to cut the deficit back to two scores at 30-14.
The Pioneers responded with their first offensive touchdown of the second half. Tevin Drake capped the sixplay 56-yard drive with a three-yard touchdown scamper with 4:22 to play. Carrera’s conversion kick left the score 37-14.
Eubank’s hot hand continued on the next drive. The junior fired his second touchdown pass of the quarter when he hooked up with Corey Hilberath on a four-yard completion with 2:55 remaining. The touchdown was the first for the freshman Hilberath. Martin’s extra point again cut the lead to two scores at 37-21, this time with 2:55 remaining.
UVa-Wise would be unable to recover an onside kick but would force Glenville State to punt. The Cavs would commit their third turnover on the second half on the punt when it was muffed and recovered by the Pioneers.
Glenville State would turn to the victory formation and run out the remainder of the clock to remain undefeated at home.
Junior linebacker Zachary Blair continued his strong play for UVaWise. The Front Royal, Virginia product registered 13 stops and tied the MEC single-game record for tackles for loss with five. Defensive back Andre Hamilton added eight stops for defensive coordinator Dino Kaklis.
Rahmann Lee gained 98 yards on the ground for Glenville State. Lee entered the game leading all of NCAA Division II in rushing. As a team, the Pioneers rushed for 63 yards on 44 attempts. The number was impacted greatly by the season-high seven sacks collected by the UVa-Wise defense.
Younger posted his third 100-yard plus receiving game of the year as he finished with 136 yards on eight catches. Eubank finished 8-9 through the air for 112 yards and two touchdowns.
The homecoming win by Glenville State keeps the Pioneers in three-way tie for second place in the MEC standings.
A total of 26 penalties for 311 yards were assessed against the two squads. Glenville State defensive lineman Keeshaan Cuffee was ejected from the game after a play that ended with offsetting personal foul penalties.
From the UVa-Wise Sports Information Office