GSC welcomes in winlesss Virginia-Wise
PARKERSBURG – As rough a season as it’s been for Glenville State College head coach David Hutchison’s Pioneers, things have been far worse for the Cavaliers of Virginia-Wise.
UVa-Wise head coach Dewey Lusk’s program will carry a winless record into its 1 p.m. Saturday Mountain East Conference affair with host Glenville State at Morris Stadium.
The Cavaliers (0-6, 0-4 MEC) are coming off a 42-17 loss to conference leading Shepherd in a game the Rams held their opponents to negative 35 yards rushing.
Not much has been good for UVa-Wise this season, but coach Lusk’s teams have been known to pull shockers in the past and will look to do so again this weekend.
Glenville State, which dropped to 2-4 overall and 2-3 in conference action following last week’s 17-10 loss to Charleston, continues its season long trend of not producing in the red zone and being unable to get much going offensively.
However, that trend could very well come to a halt on Saturday considering the Cavaliers are allowing 42.7 points a game, have given up an average of 400-plus yards an outing and have a negative-24 turnover margin. Last week against the Rams, UVa-Wise used three quarterbacks and on the season they’ve thrown 22 interceptions.
Charleston only had 30 yards passing last week, but the G-men gave up 234 yards rushing on 51 attempts. Despite getting five turnovers, the Pioneers finished the afternoon with a zero turnover differentiation thanks to giving away five turnovers of their own.
One area that continues to be a constant for GSC is its defense, which allows 292.7 total yards a game. That’s good for 10th in Division II. Linebacker James Johnson, who had nine total tackles versus the Golden Eagles, continues to lead the G-men in that category.
About the only highlights from last week’s loss on UC’s homecoming was wideout Delvon Purvis hauling in eight passes for 91 yards and Quin Thornton scoring GSC’s lone six-pointer via a 92-yard kickoff return to open the second half scoring.
UVa-Wise is led by sophomore linebacker T’ontray Billups, who paces the team in sacks (five), tackles for loss (nine) and total stops (46).
The Pioneer secondary, led by Darren Elliott’s four interceptions, should be tested by wideouts James Long and Terrence Younger. Long enters the fray having caught 45 passes, five for touchdowns, to go along with 778 yards for a per game average of almost 130 stripes.
Glenville State will look to secure its third straight home victory this season and the G-men currently have a six-game home winning streak. The Pioneers’ last setback at Morris Stadium came on Nov. 5 of 2011 during a 37-20 loss to Shepherd.