Date: October 13, 2012
Time: 1:00 p.m. EST
Opponent: Brevard Tornados
All-Time Series: 0-3
Last Meeting: October 15, 2011, vs. Brevard (L, 21-41)
"We've had a great week of practice and I expect us to come out and play well on Saturday," said fourth-year Head Coach DeLane Fitzgerald. "Brevard will provide a good challenge for our squad and we're preparing ourselves for the opportunity to match up with a DII program."
Southern Virginia (2-4) looks to extend its winning streak to two after scoring 20 unanswered points in a thrilling comeback victory versus USCAA-rival Apprentice 19-16 last Friday at the Salem Football Stadium. Brevard (0-6) is coming off a 34-6 loss at home on Saturday to Lenoir-Rhyne and is in search of its first win of 2012.
Saturday's matchup between Southern Virginia and Brevard marks the fourth straight meeting between the two schools with the last two contests being played on the Knights' home turf—Parry McCluer High School.
Southern Virginia hopes to survive the Tornados this season after losing all three of its previous contests with Brevard, capped by a 41-21 homecoming loss last season.
Southern Virginia Head Coach DeLane Fitzgerald
DeLane Fitzgerald is in his fourth season as head football coach at Southern Virginia and is in his eleventh 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 three-plus years as Southern Virginia's head coach, Fitzgerald has posted a 13-26 overall record, including back-to-back 4-7 season in 2010 and 2011.
Fitzgerald became the winningest coach in Southern Virginia football's nine-year history last season, passing Mike Smith who went 9-13 overall from 2007-08.
Brevard Head Coach Paul Hamilton
Paul Hamilton begins his sixth season as the head football coach at Brevard College.
Hamilton brings with him 29 years of coaching experience at both the Division I and Division II levels, including 14 years as head coach. Brevard has made strides in each of its past five seasons under Hamilton highlighted by the Tornados finishing with the NCAA Division II's third-ranked rushing attack in the nation in 2010 and a 7-4 finish in 2009.
Before arriving at Brevard, Hamilton made stops at The Citadel, Wofford and the U.S. Air Force Academy as offensive assistant coach after which he served as head coach at East Tennessee State University and Elon University.
Hamilton received his bachelor's degree from Appalachian State University and his master's degree from The Citadel.
Last Week vs. Apprentice: W, 20-14
The Southern Virginia University football team scored three touchdowns in the final 17 minutes of the game as they rallied to defeat The Apprentice School 20-14 at Salem Football Stadium on Friday afternoon.
Five plays after defensive lineman Tanner Greer (Orem, Utah) recovered an Apprentice fumble, Southern Virginia running back Tod Workman (Springerville, Ariz) made a 25-yard game-winning touchdown run with 12:22 left in regulation to give Southern Virginia its first lead of the day and eventually the game victory.
Apprentice (1-5) took an early 14-0 lead over Southern Virginia (2-4), including the game's first score with 13:20 left in the half as Builders quarterback Paul Morgan hit wide receiver Al Little on a 30-yard touchdown strike.
Southern Virginia initiated its comeback, however, with a 15-play, 87 yard drive spanning 7:34 capped by a 5-yard touchdown run by sophomore running back Jamal Coates (Conover, N.C.) to cut the deficit to 14-7. The play before the score, the Knights capitalized on a fourth-and-7 conversion as junior quarterback Mitch Stevenson (Muskogee, Okla.) hit wide receiver Cameron Williams (Sacramento, Calif) who made a beautiful catch for a nine-yard gain to continue the drive.
On the next drive by the Builders, freshman linebacker Oran Kobobel (Glenwood Springs, Colo.) made a momentum-shifting play as he made Southern Virginia's first blocked punt of the season on an Apprentice kick late in the third quarter placing Southern Virginia at the Builders' 10-yard line.
Last Week's Standouts
Robert Robbins (Glendale, Ariz.) earned USCAA Defensive Player of the Week honors for his performance against Apprentice as the sophomore linebacker finished with 12 total tackles—6 solo and 6 assists—including 1.5 tackles for loss.
Stevenson had another solid outing for the Knights at the quarterback position completing 14 of his 27 attempts for 137 passing yards to go along with a touchdown and an interception.
Senior receivers Dewayne Beamon (Eastern Wayne, N.C.) and Williams led the Southern Virginia receiving corps catching 5 passes apiece for 48 and 41 yards respectively.
Steven Andreasen (Bruley, Idaho) played a key role in Friday's field position game fielding all three punts sent his way while tallying 26 total return yards on Salem Stadium's bouncy field turf.
This Week: Brevard Scouting Report
Brevard is looking to get on track for 2012 in search of its first win of the season after beginning 0-6 thus far.
The offense is averaging 13.5 points-per-game and 254.2 yards of total offense. A large factor of the Tornados' offensive game plan is their triple-option rushing attack averaging 194 rushing yards-per-game through six games.
Brevard's signal caller is the second-year starting senior quarterback Aaron Reese who is leading the team in passing with 338 yards and 2 touchdowns. Reese also poses a dual threat having rushed for 168 yards and scored two touchdowns on the ground as well.
"In order to be successful on Saturday, our defense must play assignment football against Brevard's triple-option rushing attack," said Fitzgerald.
Fullback Derek Church leads Brevard in rushing this season (195 yards); however, also look for slot receivers Andre Overholt (178 rushing yards) and Dominique Lesine (172 rushing yards) along with fullbacks Jordan Ollis (176 rushing yards) and Modzelle Atkins (136 rushing yards) to be called upon by Coach Hamilton to contribute with the rushing attack.
"Watts probably does as good a job of punting the football as any punter we've faced this season," said Fitzgerald.
Senior Eric Watts has solidified himself as the key to the Brevard passing game for Reese making 15 catches for 188 yards and two touchdown receptions. Watts also takes care of the punting duties for the Tornados averaging 43.9 yards-per-punt.
On the defensive side of the ball, the linebacking corps has been an imposing force with linebacker Billy Muscatello leading the team with 47 total tackles with an additional 2.5 tackles-for-loss. Linebacker Michael Gruber is the Tornados second-leading tackler with 43 stops while leading the team with two interceptions so far.
Look for defensive lineman Marvin Lawson to disrupt Southern Virginia's offensive backfield after having recorded a team-high 3.5 quarterback sacks while adding 4 tackles-for-loss in six games.