Lake Wells, Fl. Three missed field goals, and several fruitless red-zone drives prevented the Southern Virginia football team from scoring a win against Webber International, as the Knights fall 24-17.The Knights were able to overcome a 17-point half-time deficit, but could not get back to even against the hosts, and fell to 2-8 on the season.
The Knight coaching staff will be ruing a host of missed opportunities as the Knight offense had six drives inside the Webber 20-yard line along with five other drives that ended in the host's end of the field, but were unable to put more than 17-points on the board.
"It felt like we were on their side of the field all day," said Head Coach DeLane Fitzgerald. "Our defense stuffed them early, and we had good movement and good drives all day. We have to be a little better in finishing off our drives. Throw out the missed field goals, and we still have drives that stalled deep in their territory. You can't win if you don't convert your drives."
SVU was able to bounce back from a tough first-half, and was able to outscore Webber 17-7. SVU was looking to tie the game with a late possession in the fourth quarter, but a familiar foe struck again to prevent the Knight score. Quarterback Sam Trulock threw an interception to kill the drive, and Webber International was able to run out the clock and record their third win of the season.
"We played hard all game," said Fitzgerald. "We had guys flying all over the field, and our defense definitely showed up. The turnover bug keeps killing us."
Tommy Davidson drew praise from Fitzgerald as he racked up 7 total tackles, and recorded two sacks for the visitors. Quinton Garrus again had a solid outing as he ran for 116-yards, and caught two passes for 24-yards. Ryan McGinn was a key performer for the knight passing game as he brought in three receptions for 58-yards and a touchdown.
"Our execution has to improve, if we want to finish out with a win," said Fitzgerald. "We can't give away opportunities like we had today. I'm pleased with the defensive performance, and now we have to have great performances on both sides of the ball. I think our guys will really work hard this week, to make it happen on Saturday."
The Knights will head into a traditional rivalry Nov. 14 as they travel to Newport News, Va., for a matchup in the Oyster Bowl against the Apprentice School. SVU has yet to gain a victory in the series between the two programs. SVU will be looking for a third win of the season, while the Builders will look for their second. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 pm.