Written by Sean Dahlin
Date: November 12, 2011
Time: 1 p.m. EDT
Opponent: Edward Waters Tigers
All-Time Series: 2-0
Last Meeting: Nov. 10, 2007 vs. Edward Waters (W, 49-46)
Audio of Saturday's game will be broadcast by 3WZ-95.7 FM. Visit Southern Virginia's online athletic broadcasting portal to access a live audio stream.
The Southern Virginia University football team returns home for the final two games of the 2011 season.
The first of two consecutive home games will be against the Edward Waters College Tigers—the Knights' second straight opponent from the NAIA. Southern Virginia is looking for its first win over a fellow NAIA school this year after previous losses to Kentucky Christian, Pikeville, Lindsey Wilson and Webber International.
Edward Waters earned a victory last week over Ave Maria, who the Knights host on Saturday, Nov. 19 in the final game of the season.
Saturday's matchup between Southern Virginia (3-6; 1-6 NAIA) and fellow-NAIA Independent member Edward Waters (3-6) marks the third meeting between the two schools and the first contest since 2007.
The Knights are 2-0 all-time against Edwards Waters, having defeated the Tigers in 2006 34-6 in Jacksonville, Florida, and 49-46 in 2007 in front of the Southern Virginia home crowd.
DeLane Fitzgerald is in his third season as head football coach at Southern Virginia and is in his tenth year of coaching collegiate football, making previous stops at his alma mater James Madison University (NCAA DI-FCS), the University of Tennessee at Martin (NCAA DI-FCS) and Bethel College (NAIA).
In his two plus years as Southern Virginia's head coach, Fitzgerald has posted a 10-21 overall record (5-21 NAIA), including the program's second-best season in 2010 (4-7).
Two weeks ago, Fitzgerald became the winningest coach in Southern Virginia football's nine-year history, passing Mike Smith who went 9-13 overall (8-13 NAIA) from 2007-08.
Edward Waters' Head Football Coach Brad Bernard is in his first season at the helm of a college program.
Before taking over at Edward Waters, Bernard made previous stops as offensive coach and coordinator at NCAA Division I-FCS programs Howard University, Bethune-Cookman University and his alma mater Georgia Southern University. Bernard also served as offensive coordinator at Sandalwood, Terry Parker, Mandarin and Raines high schools in Jacksonville, Fla.
Bernard has garnered significant success as a coach and player, winning three NCAA Division I-FCS national championships as a player and two as a member of the coaching staff all at Georgia Southern University, along with a state high school championship when he was offensive coordinator at Raines High School. He also turned Bethune-Cookman's offense into one of the highest scoring offenses in the conference and led them to a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) title in 2002 and back-to-back trips to the NCAA Division I-FCS Playoffs in 2002 and 2003.
Bernard attended Georgia Southern University where he received his bachelor's degree, and then later earned another bachelor's degree from the University of North Florida.
Southern Virginia suffered its worst loss of the season at Webber International last Saturday falling to the Warriors 63-6.
After beginning the season 0-5, Webber had won two of its last three games going into last Saturday's matchup with Southern Virginia, and jumped out to a 0-21 lead over the Knights less than five minutes into the first quarter.
Southern Virginia's only score of the day came on a 4-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Mitch Stevenson (Muskogee, Okla.) to sophomore wide receiver Brick Wilce (Willow Springs, Mo.) capping off a 12-play, 64-yard drive making the score 6-21 with 5:11 left in the opening quarter.
The Knights would not score again, however, as Webber would roll off 42 unanswered points on route to a 57-point victory over Southern Virginia.
Freshman running back Jerry Washington (Gloucester, Va.) was a bright spot for Southern Virginia against Webber International as he eclipsed the century mark for the third time this season with 101 rushing yards on 23 carries.
Bernard is looking to close his first season as head coach at Edward Waters (3-6) on a high note in search of its fourth total and second consecutive victory as the Tigers face Southern Virginia on Saturday.
Edward Waters' signal caller is starting junior quarterback Brandon Turman who is leading the team in passing with 819 yards and in rushing with 717 yards alongside 15 total touchdowns—11 through the air and 4 on the ground.
Senior wide receiver Samuel Charles has solidified himself as the key to the Tigers' passing game for Turman making 25 catches for 391 yards and six touchdowns. Freshman Dalton Dixon has been a great complement to the air attack adding 11 catches for 215 yards and three scores.
Alongside Turman in the Edward Waters option attack, which averages nearly 200 rushing yards per game, is junior Phillip Teamer with 715 yards and two touchdowns on the season.
The Tigers defense is led by Tony Goodman who has 60 total tackles (40 solo, 20 assists) and Bernard Dawson that has wreaked havoc in opposing backfields with 11 tackles-for-loss and four sacks in 2011.&nbs