BUENA VISTA, Va. - In the final home game of the 2010 season for the Southern Virginia University Football team, the team is looking for a white out from fans as well as a win over Webber International. Coming off a victory over Kentucky Christian, the Knights are primed to finish out the season on a high, and also finish with the second best record in football program history. The game will be the second in the series between the two schools, as SVU welcomes the Warriors back to Parry McCluer High School after a loss to the fellow NAIA school last year. Webber will be looking to end on a positive note, as they saw a promising season derailed, and fell last week to Shorter College.
Knights fans are encouraged to come to the game in white, to support the Knights. The first 100 students to come to the game will receive a free SVU Athletics white t-shirt to help with the white-out. Also half-time entertainment will include a punt-pass-and-kick contest with the winner receiving a $100 gift.
The Warriors come in to this game with a 5-4 record, with one more game after the encounter with the Knights. Webber had early success, winning its first two games, and playing Lamar University, of NCAA D.I very close. Webber also scored a win over a strong NAIA foe in Azusa Pacific. Recently the Warriors have struggled with losses to Huntingdon College, and last week's blow out to Shorter, 42-12.
Webber is led by Torrance Moise on the offense. The sophomore quarterback, has thrown for 1170-yards, and five touchdowns, while also running for 420-yards and 6-touchdowns. Moise is second in rushing behind Taylor Atwood, who has racked up 459-yards on 117 attempts, with 9-touchdowns. In the air, Moise has hooked up with Jamal Rodman the most, with Rodman pulling in 29-catches for 375-yards. The Warriors have spread the ball around, with five different players having double digit catches. Webber averages 282.1-yards of offense a game, but has allowed 307.6 on the defensive end. On the other side of the ball, the Warriors are led by Nate Keller, who has 67-total tackles, to go with 6-tackles for loss.
With the final game for the Knights in the 2010 season at home, SVU will honor its seniors. The team will have a half-time ceremony for five seniors who include, Pres Crawford, Clint Kelley, Jared Malili, Matt Mellor and Josh Pate. The quintet have seen some of the most successful years in SVU football history, with Crawford finishing as the winningest player in SVU history. Both Crawford and Pate were with the 2007 team which had the first winning record in program history. Mellor is finishing his career as the leader in several categories for the Knights including the most tackles in a career, and the most punt yardage in a career. The seniors have a chance, with a win to make history again for SVU.
A win over Webber would be significant for the Knights on many levels. for the Knights it would mean a finish of 5-6, and the second best record in program history. The current total of four wins would be the second best record for the Knights, but players and coaches will be looking to improve on that. The win would also mean the first time since 2007 the Knights have had a winning record at home. A win would be the third time in four seasons that the Knights have finished with a win to end the season.
Sophomore quarterback, Zach Garner, has come in to his own, as he has put together solid performances the past few weeks. Garner threw four touchdowns in the win over the KCU Knights. Garner's favorite target has become Brick Wilce, who pulled in 8-catches for 166-yards and 2-touchdowns in the win over the NAIA school. Wilce was named NAIA Independent Freshman Player of the Week.
On the ground, Steven Scott has become the workhorse for the Knights, and has run for over 539-yards, and has scored three times on the ground. Mellor and Tommy Davidson have provided stern tests for offenses against the Knights, as the duo has totaled 163-total tackles on the season.