The Southern Virginia football team faced a daunting task when
they played at NCAA Division I-AA Morehead State on Saturday night.
The Knights were able to show improvement in the game, and did not
always play like the underdog they were, but ultimately were not
able to overpower the FCS school, playing in front of the home
fans, and eventually fell 61-10.
The Knights were able to show visible improvement according to Head Coach DeLane Fitzgerald. "We learned from our mistakes last week, and we showed on the field that we can improve," said Fitzgerald. "Unfortunately, when you play a school like Morehead State, you have little room for error. Our guys showed up and made a stand tonight. At the end of the day, we are proud of the effort, and we'll look to improve on execution for next week."
An encouraging sign for Fitzgerald is the budding partnership of quarterback Sam Trulock, and receiver Brad Schultz. For the second week in a row, the duo combined for a receiving touchdown, and the Knight coaching staff is optimistic, that the pair will continue to progress, and get better. Another encouraging sign is that the Knights were able to get close to the Eagles in the time-of-possesion game.
"Matching them in time-of-possession shows that we were not just going three-and-out, but were able to put some drives together," said Fitzgerald. " We'll build on that, and as we become more successful at that we'll get more points on the board."
The defense showed improvement from the first game, and was able to hold the Eagles at certain points in the game. The two opening setbacks have not dampened Fitzgerald's outlook on the season.
"We knew that these would be tough games to start the season. We felt that despite the growing pains, the games would be opportunities to improve, and hopefully be far better at the end of the season, then at the beginning. I'm not happy that we lost, but I also believe that we have been showing the improvement necessary to win games. I think we'll see us in the winning column very soon."
SVU's next competition will be Sept. 12 when they face Lincoln University (PA) at Lincoln. This will be the second meeting between the two teams, as SVU overcame the Lions last season 55-25. Game time start is scheduled for 1:00 PM.