Things only got worse for the Cavaliers.
Senior quarterback Derrick Evans rushed for 137 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries and threw for two touchdowns to lead the Eagles to a 42-7 South Atlantic Conference victory over the Cavs at Burke-Tarr Stadium.
The day started rough in Wise when the scheduled charter bus did not arrive to pick up the Cavaliers for their trip to Jefferson City.
UVa-Wise (1-3, 0-2) had to scramble to arrange alternate transportation, which led to the game — the Cavs’ SAC road opener — starting 30 minutes later than expected.
“It sure didn’t help, but that’s not the reason we lost,” UVa-Wise coach Dane Damron said. “The thing that I will say is the four years we’ve been here we’ve never cramped and we had kids cramping right and left out there today. We only had a chance to eat about a 15-, 20-minute pregame meal.
“It is what it is. That’s life. When adversity strikes, you’ve got to answer the bell. We didn’t answer the bell.
“I thought we played well in spurts, but you could see us wearing down and I think that had a lot to do with them, too,” he added. “They were beating and beating and beating on us.”
UVa-Wise scored the game’s first points when Garrett Cropp hit Sheheim Revel for 22-yard touchdown with 4:28 to play in the opening quarter.
After the Eagles tied the game at 7, UVa-Wise moved the ball to the Carson-Newman 18-yard line. But an interception ended the scoring threat and gave the Eagles (2-1, 1-1) the ball at the UVa-Wise 7.
Two plays later, Evans scored from 7 yards out and the Eagles led 14-7 with just over seven minutes left in the first half.
C-N extended its lead to 21-7 with 4:28 left in the second quarter on a 54-yard run from Marcus Williams, and the Eagles went on to score 21 unanswered in the second half.
“They’re fast running downhill and they do a great job,” Damron noted. “It was men playing boys a couple of times and we just weren’t ready for them.”
FRESHMAN QB DEBUTS
Dobyns-Bennett graduate Lendon Redwine, a freshman, became the third quarterback to enter the game for the Cavaliers on Saturday, trotting on in the final quarter. He completed 3 of 6 passes for 31 yards with one interception.
“It was a great time to go out there and just enjoy the game that I love against a great opponent,” Redwine said. “It was good to get out there and get my first experience.
“It’s a great experience and it’s a little different than Friday night lights. The game is a lot faster and the guys are bigger and faster.
“It was just a great time to get out there,” he said.
The Cavaliers continue on the road next weekend with a trip to SAC favorite Lenoir-Rhyne.
The Eagles host UNC Pembroke.