BUENA VISTA, Va. Led by Senior Sam Trulock and a strong defensive game, the Southern Virginia Football team beat Radford 40-20. Trulock, along with Josh Barrett combined for 165 yards passing and five touchdowns. The defense was able to pick off four Radford passes, and gave the helped provide the Knights with their second win of the season, and moved there home record for the season at .500. SVU was able send the seniors off in winning fashion at home, and will look to add two more wins to close out the season.
"Winning like this always feels good," said Head Coach DeLane Fitzgerald. "To win for the seniors feels even better. These nine guys have done a tremendous job for our program. Some of them were here when we were able to get the first winning season in program history. They are building a foundation for future SVU players. I'm so proud of their efforts. This win was definitely for them."
The Knights moved the ball easily on their first drive, but a stingy Radford defense had a goal line stand to force the Knights to kick for the field goal and the early 3-0 lead. A forced fumble by the SVU defense gave Barrett great field position as he hit Brad Schultz for a 15 yard touchdown. The PAT missed, but the Knights had a solid cushion for the game.
Turnovers were prevalent on the day as SVU coughed up the ball on its next drive. Following a three-and-out for the Higlanders, the Knights found themselves in good position close to the goal line, and Trulock finished the short drive with a 1-yard pass to Quinton Garruss.
"Getting those early points was critical for us," said Fitzgerald. "We play best when we have momentum, and to be up early gave our guys a good shot of confidence."
Radford got back into the game as the Highlander offense had a one play drive for 37-yards and a quick score to get back into the game at 16-6.
The second quarter put the game out of reach for the visitors as SVU had scoring drives of 60- (touchdown) and 36-yards (field goal) to go into the half up 26-6. SVU went for the jugular in the third quarter as they scored two more touchdowns to end the contest. Radford was able to get two late scores in the fourth quarter when the victor was already decided.
"You look at our stats, and you think it was a close game," said Fitzgerald. "But if you look at where we started with the ball, our drives were short, and quick. We didn't need to rack up a lot of yards. Our defense did a great job of putting us in short field position situations."
Quinton Garruss again contributed for the offense with 81-yards rushing. Travis Duffy established himself as a favored target for Barrett and Trulock as he hauled in 5 catches for 94-yards and two touchdowns. Leon Glover, again had a solid performance for the Knights as he recorded 8 total tackles.
The Knights celebrated the careers of nine seniors at halftime. The seniors for the 2009 team include Tyler Card, Ryan Colt, Jake Herndon, Devin Hutch, Bronson Molen, Tim Meyer, Canorie Richmond, Sam Trulock and Ben Wilson.
SVU will be on the road for its next game as the team travels to play at Webber International. Game time is scheduled for 1:00 when the Knights will look to improve on their 2-7 record.