Football Falls to Emory and Henry, 13-10
WASHINGTON-- After taking a 10-6 lead into the break, the CUA football team (1-7, 0-4 ODAC) fell to Emory & Henry (5-3, 1-3 ODAC), 13-10 on Saturday.
With 152 yards on the ground, Rich Barry led the Cardinal attack that netted nearly 400 yards of total offense. Mike Smith led the aerial attack with four catches for 56 yards, with a darting 30 yard pick up on a screen pass late in the second half.
League-leading rusher Caleb Jennings was held to only 79 yards on the ground as the CUA defense allowed only 214 yards of total offense for the Wasps.
After the Cardinals opening drive stalled and CUA punted, Emory & Henry drove 61 yards on seven plays to score. However, on the PAT Mike DeAngelis broke through the Wasps line and blocked the kick.
The teams played a field position game for much of the first quarter, but with 13:14 on the clock in the second quarter the Cardinals kicked a 21-yard field goal to get CUA within three.
Ten minutes later the John O'Brien entered for a temporarily injured Rich Barry and capped a 14-play, 91-yard drive with a 4-yard rush up the middle. Barry was hit on a 2-yard pass four plays prior to O'Brien's score, and had to leave the game due to an apparent cut...he returned on the following drive.
The Cardinals held the Wasps to a three-and-out. With the ball on their own 24 yard line with 1:49 remaining CUA drove down the field. After calling their third and final timeout with 11 second remaining, the Cardinals completed a 4th and one pass to Scott Ritter for a 26-yard gain. With Ritter's forward progress stopped before he reached out of bounds, the clock started after the first down was set. Brendan Deluca rushed on to the field with the field goal unit, and as time expired pushed the field goal wide right.
In the second half it was more of the same as Emory & Henry scored on its first possession of the half. For CUA, Deluca missed three more field goals, each narrowly missing either left or right.
Defensively for the Cardinals it was Avatus Stone that led with 11 tackles, while Anthony Albanese added seven, including a sack and two tackles for a loss. In total, the CUA defense dropped the Wasps behind the line of scrimmage 12 times for a total of -47 yards.
CUA will return to action on Saturday, Nov. 7, as Guilford will travel to Washington, D.C., to wrap up the 2009 Cardinal home schedule. With the game being the final game of the season at home, the CUA athletic department will recognize the seniors as part of senior day festivities.