BUENA VISTA, Va. The Southern Virginia Football team struck first against Lincoln University, but turnovers undid the Knights as they fell 8-29. A pass from Sam Trulock to Daniel Bokinsky in the second quarter pushed the Knights in front. SVU followed up with the two-point conversion, and were on pace to record the first win of the season.
Lincoln was then able to tie the game, and the SVU turnovers took over and change the complexion of the game. Seven total turnovers hurt the Knights and prevented the team from securing a second win over the Lions.
The Knight defense had strong displays from Matt Mallor and Clark Steel who continue to pace the team in tackles, and have provided leadership during the team's struggles.
"The two of them have been great foundation players," said Head Coach DeLane Fitzgerald. "With our youth and inexperience, we need players who will step up and lead by example. These two have done a great job, and their play continues to get better. Matt, especially has done a great job as he has been a key defensive player, but also a great special teams player who has had some great punts for the team."
Even with the offensive struggles, Fitzgerald can see positives in the performances, and points to Brandon Ostler as a prime example of the potential the offense has.
"Brandon is averaging close to seven yards per carry, and gives us a great offensive punch when he is in there," said Fitzgerald. "We'll keep getting better, and the results will take care of themselves."
The Knights will look to regroup as they play at Brevard College Sept. 19. Game time is set for 4:00 p.m. this will be the first meeting between the two teams.