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August 27, 2011

Football Opens Season Against Kentucky Christian

Written by Chris Pendleton

BUENA VISTA, Va.—Southern Virginia University's football team opens its season at home for only the second time in the program's eight-year history Saturday when the Knights host Kentucky Christian University at 7 p.m. on Parry McCluer High School's Robert E. "Bobby" Williams Field.

Southern Virginia has teamed with Stretch Internet® to bring fans a radio broadcast of Saturday's season opener, which can be accessed at the university's athletic events portal, free of charge.

Saturday's matchup between the Southern Virginia Knights and the Kentucky Christian Knights marks the fourth meeting between the two schools. Southern Virginia has dominated the matchup so far, winning all three of its previous meetings with KCU.

Kentucky Christian competes in the NAIA Mid-South Conference and is coming off a winless year in 2010 (0-11 overall, 0-6 conference). Southern Virginia recorded its highest scoring output last season when it traveled to Grayson, Ky. on Oct. 30, 2010 and handed Kentucky Christian a 45-28 loss.

In 2007, Southern Virginia quarterback Luke Taylor had a career game as the Knights defeated Kentucky Christian 76-35. The 76 points and 854 yards of total offense recorded by Southern Virginia that day remain single-game program records. The following year's matchup between Southern Virginia and Kentucky Christian was a much tighter affair as a last second field goal from Steven Webber lifted Southern Virginia to a 30-27 victory.

While Southern Virginia will look to continue its success against Kentucky Christian, KCU's new head coach and former Washington Redskins wide receiver, Mike Furrey, is hoping to open his college coaching career with his school's first victory over Southern Virginia.

"We're looking forward to Saturday's matchup," said Southern Virginia's third-year head coach DeLane Fitzgerald. "We know that under Coach Furrey, Kentucky Christian will be much improved from last season, but we have worked extremely hard to prepare ourselves for the challenge."

Directions to Parry McCluer High School can be found at athletics.svu.edu.