BUENA VISTA, Va.- After a heartbreaking loss to rivals Apprentice, the Southern Virginia University football team will hit the road, and look for a win over the Kentucky Christian Knights. Both teams will be desperate for a win, and KCU may have the edge in desperation, as they have yet to register a victory this season. SVU will hope to improve on solid showings against Guilford and Ferrum earlier in the year, and will look to get back to winning ways with a victory over the hosts. SVU lost a heartbreaker last week, as a late scoring drive by Apprentice overcame a late fourth quarter lead for the Knights. The game between the two Knights will be the third in the program series. Both games prior to this were hosted by SVU.
KCU comes in to the game with the Knights at 0-8. KCU has faced some stern competition, as they played against several top-25 NAIA teams earlier in the year. The majority of the losses for the Knights have proven to be blowouts, with KCU averaging only 17.1 points per game. KCU faced off last week with a game against fellow SVU opponent Lindsey Wilson. Kentucky Christian had one of its closest games of the season, as they took the Blue Raiders to two overtimes, but eventually fell 37-40.
The Knights of KCU are led by Beau Dailey at quarterback. The junior has played in only four games, but has given the Knights a burst through the air on 52-of-82 passing with six touchdowns. Dailey has 581-yards through the air, and KCU will need him to play big. The Knights will look to Deonte Merricks on the ground. Merricks has carried 122-times for 622-yards, and 5-touchdowns. Defensively, KCU will look to Jordan Lawson and Jemichael Williams for stops against the SVU offense. The duo has combined for 118-tackles, and will be needed if the KCU wants to record its first win of the season.
SVU has a 2-0 edge over the Knights, as they recorded back-to-back wins in 2007 and 2008. In 2007, Luke Taylor had a career game, as the Knights handed KCU a stinging loss 76-35. the 76-points was the most in program history, and the 854-yards on total offense was also the most ever for SVU. The 2008 version was a tighter affair, and a last second Steven Webber field goal gave the Knights of SVU a 28-27 win.
SVU will be hungry for a win after two straight losses. The loss to Apprentice came as the Knights had a the game in hand, but let the Builders put together a long drive for the winning touchdown. Zach Garner threw for 161-yards and a touchdown, while Steven Andreasen ran for 85-yards and a score. SVU recorded a safety from Luke Herndon to get the Knights on the board, and SVU scored twice in the third and then fourth quarter to get a 5-point lead, but could not hold it, as the Knights tumbled to 1-7 against the Builders.
Senior linebacker Matt Mellor only recorded 3-tackles against the Builders, but his second of the game gave him 263-tackles in his career, and gave him the all-time record for tackles in a career at SVU.