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Hail Mary lifts Wasps to homecoming win

From staff reports • Oct 20, 2019 at 1:57 AM

EMORY, Va. — Happy homecoming indeed.

With time expiring in the fourth quarter and overtime looming, Emory & Henry quarterback Hunter Taylor heaved a Hail Mary toward the end zone, wide receiver Max Yates snagged the pass and fell over the goal line, and the Wasps stunned Washington and Lee 48-42 on Saturday at Fred Selfe Stadium.

E&H (4-2, 3-1 Old Dominion Athletic Conference) erased a pair of second-half deficits against the Generals (4-2, 3-1) to earn its fourth straight win. The Wasps moved into a tie with the Generals for third place in the ODAC standings behind unbeaten Randolph-Macon and Bridgewater.

Taylor threw for 368 yards and four touchdowns on 30-for-47 passing and added 54 yards on the ground. It was the junior’s fourth straight multi-touchdown game and fourth career contest throwing for at least 300 yards.

Derrick Yates caught 13 passes for 167 yards and two scores for the Wasps. Wideout Gunner Griffith out of Bluff City had eight receptions for 105 yards. Max Yates, an Abingdon product, finished with two touchdowns.

Jeff Wallace, also of Abingdon, had a 4-yard touchdown catch from Taylor to tie the game at 42.


Sophomore linebacker Ivan Phillips, a former Dobyns-Bennett standout, forced and recovered a fumble then ran it back 21 yards to the end zone to pull E&H to a 28-all tie in the third.

Phillips and sophomore defensive back Deonte Geddis each finished with 11 tackles.


Emory & Henry heads to the other end of Interstate 81 next week to take on Shenandoah in Winchester, Virginia. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.