UVa-Wise defeated Glenville State 26-17 to secure a win on homecoming on September 24 at Carl Smith Stadium.
The scoring started slow as neither team scored until Glenville State kicked a field goal with 5:35 left in the first quarter. Roughly two minutes later, the Pioneers connected on a 23-yard touchdown pass from Dante Roberts to DJ Williams to extend their lead to 10-0.
The majority of the scoring would belong to the Cavs, however, as UVa-Wise picked up two touchdowns in the second quarter courtesy of James and Jacob Cousins.
Cavalier quarterback Brycen Lee connected with James Cousins for a 17-yard touchdown pass with 6:36 left in the quarter. Later in the second, James’ brother Jacob Cousins scored on a 65-yard connection with Lee. The Cousins’ touchdowns put the Cavs in the lead with the score of 14-10.
The Cavs would score again early in the third when Lee found running back Javonte Latney for a 28-yard pass, bringing the score to 20-10.
With 9:29 left in the third, the Pioneers inched closer on a 61-yard punt return, making the score 20-17.
The game remained relatively quiet until the 8:16 mark in the fourth quarter. James Cousins came through again during a 3-play, 97-yard drive by the Cavs. Cousins capped the drive by catching a pass from Lee and streaking down the sideline for a 96-yard completion.
UVa-Wise held on to complete the 26-17 win and send current students and alumni home happy on homecoming.
Lee passed for 346 yards while James and Jacob Cousins had 127 and 115 receiving yards. Zachary Blair led the defense as he notched 10 tackles including two for a loss.
When asked about how he thought the offense did on homecoming night, Lee said, “We did a lot better than we have been offensively, but there were still plays that we left out that we could have made”.
The Highland Cavaliers’ next home game will be on October 6 against Concord University at 7 p.m.