BUENA VISTA, Va. After a humbling loss to Lindsey Wilson, the Southern Virginia football team is looking for a program first when they seek a win against Ferrum for the first time ever. The Knights are 0-3 against the Panthers, but have produced some exciting games for both fans, in fighting for wins.
Ferrum at a glance
The Panthers will be looking for their first win of the season when they face off against SVU. Last week the team had a bye, and will have the two-weeks' rest for the encounter. Ferrum currently stands at 0-1 after a heart-breaking loss to Emory & Henry in double-overtime, 23-17. The Panthers had a strong outing from running back Marcus Mayo, who totaled 131-yards of rushing, and scored on a pair of touchdowns for the home team. The effort was not enough, as Ferrum fell to a broken play in the second OT. FC had 314-yards of total offense, but allowed the Wasps to have 390-yards, to go along with the winning touchdown.
W.B. Adams Stadium
Ferrum College plays its football games in W.B. Adams Stadium. The stadium was built in 1960. The facility includes a press-box, concession stand, restrooms, scoreboard, and bleachers with a seating capacity of 5,500.
Potent Running Game
Ferrum has traditionally had a strong run game, and the 2010 season started roughly the same way, as the Panthers, led by Mayo's 131-yards, rushed for a total of 250-yards against Emory & Henry. In the three games against the Knights, FC has rushed for 929-yards total, averaging 309.6 yards per game. SVU will be looking to slow the run for the chance to win.
Ferrum Head Coach, Dave Davis, is in his 17th year, and recently announced his intent to retire at the end of the season. Davis has helped Ferrum become a consistent and solid program in southwest Virginia, as his teams have a cumulative record of 83-74.
Looking at the Knights
SVU will be looking to rebound from a hard loss to Lindsey Wilson. Not a lot went well for SVU in the defeat to the Blue Raiders. The defense was constantly busy, as LWC totaled over 500-yards of offense. Big plays were the Achilles' heel for SVU, as 6-plays of over 40-yards stung the visitors for scores, or the setting up of short distance scores for LWC. Matt Mellor continued to shine for the Knights, as he anchored the defense, and totaled 14-tackles, and could have had more. The loss dropped the Knights to 1-2 on the season.
Mellor's march to the top
Mellor's tackles added to his career total, and put him at 192. The total moves him into second all-time on the SVU career tackles list, and places him only 70-tackles behind record holder Shea Owens. Mellor also has been punting his way to the top, as his average punts places him second all-time behind Hayes Page. His 70-yard punt against Radford tied for the longest punt, which Mellor already held, with a punt against Ferrum last year.
Exciting games in the series
SVU and Ferrum have produced two memorable games in the series. The first was in the season opener in 2007. Ferrum built up a 16-0 lead heading in to the fourth quarter, before a furious comeback, led by quarterback Luke Taylor, and wide receiver McKay Dunn gave the Knights a tie with the visitors. The highlight came from a Taylor to Dunn pass that the receiver caught and then tiptoed into the endzone for the tie. SVU couldn't hold the Panthers on the ensuing drive, and a late touchdown rush gave the Panthers the win. In 2009, SVU took the lead against the Panthers, only to surrender two touchdowns, and fall behind 21-14. The Knights scored one more time, and were primed for a first series win, on a swampy field in the rain. Ferrum had other ideas, and took the win with another fourth quarter drive for a touchdown.
Listening to the game
Come to the SVU athletic website for the links to listen to the game. Game time is 1:00 pm, and fans can listen or watch the lives stats through the SVU website links.