Fitzgerald Becomes Southern Virginia Football's All-Time Winningest Coach with 48-26 Victory at George Mason

Fitzgerald became football's all-time winningest coach with Saturday's 48-26 win at George Mason. Photo by Justo Photography

Written by Chris Pendleton

FAIRFAX, Va.—The Southern Virginia University football team collected its second win of the season over a club team on Saturday with a 48-26 victory at George Mason Club. 

With Saturday's victory, Head Coach DeLane Fitzgerald became the winningest coach in Southern Virginia's nine-year football history, passing Mike Smith who went 9-13 overall (8-13 NAIA) from 2007-08.

In his three-year stint at Southern Virginia, Fitzgerald has posted a 10-20 overall record (5-20 NAIA), with three wins over D-III schools, one win apiece over NAIA and Independent schools and five victories over club teams. 

Freshman running back Jerry Washington (Gloucester, Va.), who leads the Knights this season in rushing yards per game (78.9) and rushing touchdowns (11), had a career day at George Mason finishing with a career-high 169 rushing yards while averaging 5.6 yards per carry. Washington also rushed for five of the Knights' six offensive touchdowns on the afternoon setting a new Southern Virginia football single-game record.

Senior linebacker Tommy Davidson (Paradise, Calif.), who leads the Knights this season with 11.8 tackles per game, intercepted George Mason's quarterback on the third play from scrimmage and returned the pick 40 yards putting the Knights up 7-0 with 12:45 still remaining in the first quarter. 

Southern Virginia would not look back, scoring six more touchdowns and recording a safety with 2:44 left in the game on the way to a 22-point victory over George Mason.

Sophomore quarterback Mitch Stevenson (Muskogee, Okla.) threw for 98 yards and a touchdown despite snowy conditions in Fairfax, Va. on Saturday. Davidson again led the Knights with 9 total tackles (7 solo and 2 assists), including a sack for a 15-yard loss.

Southern Virginia (3-5 overall, 1-5 NAIA) will travel to face fellow NAIA-affiliate Webber International University (2-6) in Babson Park, Fla., next Saturday for its final road game of the season. The Knights are 0-3 all-time against the Warriors with losses in each of the past three seasons.