September 17, 2011

Southern Virginia Rolls Over Radford, 63-6

Written by Chris Pendleton

BUENA VISTA, Va.—The Southern Virginia University football team dominated Radford's club football team Saturday evening winning 63-6 in front of a whiteout home crowd at Robert E. "Bobby" Williams Field.

Southern Virginia set the tone early as sophomore quarterback Mitch Stevenson (Muskogee, Okla.) led the Knights' fast-paced, no-huddle offense during their first possession from scrimmage on an 8-play, 70-yard scoring drive that took less than two minutes.

Stevenson capped Southern Virginia's impressive opening drive by connecting with Cameron Williams (Sacramento, Calif.) on a 26-yard touchdown pass as the junior wide receiver pulled in his team-high third receiving touchdown of the young season. 

After jumping out to a 7-0 lead with 13:07 still remaining in the first quarter, Southern Virginia would go on to score three more touchdowns over the next eleven minutes making it 28-0 with 2:08 left in the opening period.

The Knights' second score came from freshman running back Jerry Washington (Gloucester, Va.) on a 1-yard rush as Washington recorded his team-leading third rushing touchdown of the season. Sophomore running back Tod Workman (Queen Creek, Ariz.) scored his first touchdown of the season on Southern Virginia's third possession as he broke free on a run up the middle going 53-yards to the end zone.

Southern Virginia's fourth possession ended with an 8-yard touchdown pass from Stevenson to tight end Jeff Waldron (Costa Mesa, Calif.) as the junior hauled in the first of his two touchdown catches for the game.

Radford scored its only touchdown of the evening with six ticks remaining in the first quarter after the Knights mishandled a Radford punt deep in their own territory. Junior defensive lineman Luke Herndon (Mechanicsville, Va.) blocked the ensuing Radford extra point attempt making it 28-6 Southern Virginia heading into the second quarter.

It took Southern Virginia only two plays and 39 seconds to answer Radford's score as Stevenson connected again with Waldron on a 69-yard completion for his third and final touchdown pass of the night.

Stevenson completed 8-of-10 passes against Radford for 136 yards setting single-game program records for highest percentage of completed passes (80.0 pct.) and highest passing efficiency rating (293.2).

The Knights would go on to score four more rushing touchdowns—two from senior full back Thomas Canady (Bedford, Va.) and two from freshman running back Terry Eytcheson (Apache Junction, Ariz.)—as Southern Virginia finished with a single-game program-record six rushing touchdowns against Radford while recording the second-most single-game rushing yards in the program's nine seasons (320).

Southern Virginia also tied single-game program records for interceptions (6) Saturday night as six different Knights picked off Radford passes for a single-game program record 98-yards on interception returns.

The Knights' 63 points against Radford marks the second most in program history, trailing only the 76 points scored against Kentucky Christian University on Oct. 5, 2007. With Saturday's victory, Southern Virginia moves to 3-0 all-time against Radford after a 44-6 win in 2010 and a 40-20 win in 2009.

After its best performance of the season, Southern Virginia football (1-3) has a two-week bye to prepare for its next game at NCAA Division III Guilford College on Oct. 8 at 1 p.m. Although Guilford leads its all-time series with Southern Virginia 3-1, the Knights are coming off their first win over the Quarkers last season 36-21.