Wise, Va. - Marcus Bratton picked off his second pass of the game with 37 seconds at the home five-yard line to seal the UVa-Wise football victory over 21st-ranked Georgetown College, 28-21, in Mid-South East action.
After taking over on their own 20-yardline, the Tigers (3-2/1-1 Mid-South East) drove to the home 13-yardline. Following a false start penalty, Georgetown quarterback Mike Lewis down the left hash where Bratton (Roanoke, Va./William Fleming) picked off his second pass of the day with 37 seconds left.
The Highland Cavaliers (3-3/1-1 Mid-South East) ran its streak to three-straight victories over the Tigers. The win also is the second time UVa-Wise has prevailed over Georgetown in the Wise campus Homecoming in three years.
Bratton, a sophomore, had his best game in two seasons for the Cavs with eight tackles and the two interceptions. Matt Gular (Hampton, Va.) posted 15 and broke up a pass. John Mathis (Copper Hill, Va.) added 10 stops and a sack with Josh Weaver (Alexandria, Va.) produced nine tackles. Amondre Johnson (Roanoke, Va.) contributed eight tackles, a tackle for loss and forced a fumble. Jahmal Potter (Va. Beach, Va.) broke up four passes with seven tackles and Jamara Gray (Chesapeake, Va.) registered seven stops of his own, a sack, two tackles for loss and forced a fumble. Luke Spurlock (Big Stone Gap, Va.) and Dennis Bennett (Springfield, Va.) picked off the defense's other two interceptions.
Jason Lovett (Spotsylvania, Va.) had the big day on offense with seven grabs for 140 yards and a 65-yard score. Quarterback Brad Robbins (Big Stone Gap, Va.) competed 13 of 21 attempts for 265 yards and three scores with one interception. Brad Ricker (Bristol, Va.) added two receptions for 66 yards with a 52-yard touchdown. Senior Matt Barbour (Naruna, Va.) became the first 3,000-yard career receiver after grabbing two balls for 56 yards. He broke mark on a 47-yard screen pass to give him 3,026 yards for his career.
Georgetown ran 30 more plays and outgained UVa-Wise, 463-335, on the day. Running back Ted Sberna rushed for 155 yards on 18 tries. Nik Blair and Rob Madon had four receptions apiece for 71 and 60 yards. Lewis finished 10 of 25 for 161 yards with four interceptions. Clay Brown led the Tiger defense with 11 tackles. Cody Williams added nine stops, two tackles for loss and forced a fumble.
The Cavs started the day quickly by driving 56 yards in the opening possession of the game. The key play coming on a 22-yard scramble by Robbins before linebacker Amondre Johnson plunged in from the one-yardline.
Later in the first quarter, Bratton snatched his first interception with 4:40 in the frame. The Cavs took the ball 64 yards with Robbins hitting a streaking Ricker down the right side for a 52-yard score.
After trading third quarter scores, Barbour took a screen pass 47 yards from Robbins to make it 28-7 with 12:56 left in the game. Georgetown answered with a Lewis 16-yard scramble and followed with a Blair one-yard plunge after a UVa-Wise fumble on the previous possession.
UVa-Wise will next travel to Campbellsville on Oct. 10th for a 1:30 p.m. kick-off.