Fairmont State University proved too much for the UVa-Wise Cavaliers on Saturday at Carl Smith Stadium as the Cavs fell 58-3.
It was a rough start in the first quarter for the Highland Cavaliers. Marcus Porter recorded a safety for the Falcons with 11:48 left in the first quarter to give Fairmont State an early 2-0 lead.
Less than a minute later, Laurence King returned a kick 82 yards to extend the Falcons lead to 9-0. After a quick drive by the Cavs, the Falcons got the ball back and wasted no time as Cooper Hibbs ran the ball in for a 43-yard touchdown run on the second play of the drive.
Fairmont State would not stop there as they added a 27-yard rushing touchdown by Terrell Charles to round out the scoring in the first quarter. The final touchdown of the quarter brought the score to 23-0.
The second quarter would hold more of the same for Fairmont State as Hibbs completed a 31-yard pass to Andre Hall to extend the Falcons’ lead to 30-0. Later in the second, Hibbs would complete a short 1-yard touchdown pass to Shane Faett making the score 37-0.
In the third quarter, Fairmont State would connect again when Hibbs completed a 21-yard touchdown pass to Laurence King extending the Falcon lead to 44-0.
The Cavs would spoil the shutout and scored on a 29-yard field goal from Trent Martin, bringing the score to 44-3. Martin’s kick would be the Cavs’ only score of the day.
Fairmont State would score to open the fourth quarter and again at the end of the quarter. The Falcons’ final two touchdowns brought the final score to rest at 58-3.
Brycen Lee was the Cavs’ leading passer as he went 9-17 with 103 yards. Lee’s counterpart, Cooper Hibbs, went 14-20 with 157 yards and three touchdowns.
Zachary Blair led the Cavaliers on defense with ten total tackles including two and a half tackles for loss.
When asked what the defense have done differently during the game, Blair said, “Everything. We were awful today. We knew exactly what they were doing and we just didn’t perform today.”
“Forget about this week. Can’t be thinking about the previous week, losing 58-3. That’s a bad week, so you can’t dwell on it and you just have to move on,” said Blair when asked what the team can do to prepare for next week.
The Cavs will travel to Urbana, Ohio to take on Urbana University at 1 p.m. on October 29.