For the first time since 2014, the UVa-Wise football team gave their seniors a win in their final game at Carl Smith Stadium as the Cavaliers came away with a 21-14 victory over Catawba College on Saturday afternoon.
The victory allowed linebacker Buster Henderson, defensive linemen Rahdezz Henderson and Bryce Harty, defensive backs Steven Hill and Marquis Braimer, offensive lineman Tristin Sellers and kicker Daryian Basco to walk off the home field as winners one last time. Buster Henderson recorded his best game of the year against Catawba, leading the team with 12 total tackles and five tackles for a loss, including one sack. Rahdezz Henderson and Harty combined for nine total tackles, with Harty also recording a sack, while Braimer and Hill finished with three tackles each.
The Cavaliers put the first points on the board in the closing minutes of the first quarter when freshman Lendon Redwine passed to freshman Kadarious Singleton, who shrugged off multiple Catawba defenders and raced down the sideline for a 47-yard touchdown. The Indians tied the game in the final seconds of the first half before taking their first lead of the game midway through the third quarter. UVa-Wise responded immediately on the following possession, as they capped off a 75-yard drive with a 33-yard touchdown pass from Redwine to sophomore Jamal Fisher. Two minutes later, freshman Mykael Anderson would score the go-ahead touchdown on a nine-yard run just inside the left pylon of the endzone. Catawba threatened to tie the game once again in the final minute of regulation, but a pass on fourth down was broken up by sophomore A.J. Felton Jr to secure the victory for UVa-Wise.
Redwine completed 17-of-33 passes for a career-high 206 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Sophomore Terrence Lambert led the team with 88 yards rushing on 19 attempts, while Singleton finished with a game-high 57 yards on two receptions with one touchdown. Anderson pulled down a game-high seven receptions for 48 yards while rushing for seven yards and a touchdown on three attempts.
On defense, sophomore Chavon Fields recorded a forced fumble, a blocked field goal and had a career-high two sacks in the win. Fields now has six sacks on the season — second most on the team — while his 44 yards lost on sacks now ranks him fifth in the South Atlantic Conference. Felton and sophomore Logan Jenkins each finished with two tackles and an interception, while Felton also recorded three pass breakups. With eight pass breakups this season, Felton is now tied for seventh-most in the SAC.
The Cavaliers (2-8) will head on the road Saturday for their final game of the season, when they take on UNC-Pembroke at 1 p.m.