Written by Sean Dahlin
SECOND HALF OFFENSE
Southern Virginia scored 17 points on Saturday in the second half marking it the fourth game this season the team has scored 17-plus points after intermission—the Knights scored 20 points against the Apprentice School, 23 points against Ave Maria University and 17 points against North Carolina Wesleyan all in the second half.
Senior tight end Jeff Waldron (Costa Mesa, Calif.) caught his season-long 55-yard pass from quarterback Andy Jones (Salt Lake City, Utah) with less than two minutes left in the first quarter to get to the Brevard six yard line, setting up Southern Virginia's first points of the game on a Jamal Coates (Conover, N.C.) four-yard touchdown scamper. Waldron finished the game with three receptions for 93 yards—his career-high as a Knight.
CONTINUED FOURTH-DOWN SUCCESS
Southern Virginia attained its best fourth-down conversion rate of 100% (going 2-for-2) with both conversions leading to touchdowns in the third quarter—a 14-yard touchdown grab by wide receiver Cameron Williams (Sacramento, Calif.) from Jones on fourth-and-six, and Coates second four-yard touchdown run of the game on fourth-and-goal.
The offensive line, led by junior Tyler Condiff (Spring, Texas),—2012 USA College Sports, Inc. USCAA Preseason All-America selection—had a solid performance in the second half giving Southern Virginia quarterbacks protection to find the open receivers and holes for the running backs to run through.
Coates was the Knights' leading rusher on Saturday recording 19 carries for 65 yards and two rushing touchdowns. Jones completing 7-of-15 passes for 139 yards including one touchdown and two interceptions. Outside of Waldron's performance, wide receiver C. Williams was Southern Virginia's second-leading receiver with 5 receptions for 69 yards and one touchdown.
Linebacker Robert Robbins (Glendale, Ariz.)—last week's leading tackler last week vs. Apprentice along with linebacker Dakoda Winsor (Richland, Wash.) who both recorded 12 tackles respectively—led the Knights for the second-straight week with 13 total tackles (5 solo, 8 assisted) and one tackle-for-loss on Saturday. Senior defensive lineman Dylan Hall (Redding, Calif.) recorded the defense's lone sack of the game in the second quarter as he tackled Brevard quarterback Aaron Reese for a three-yard loss, giving him a team-high 6.5 sacks on the season.
Senior kicker Brett Murray (Hollywood, Fla.) made a season-long 26-yard field goal with 1:38 left in the third quarter. Murray is now 3-for-4 (75%) on field goal attempts this season. Senior punter Brenton Estorffe (Mooloolaba, Australia) recorded four punts for a 32.2 yards-per-punt average, including pinning three of those punts inside the Brevard 20-yard line.
The Tornados finished with 559 total rushing yards on Saturday, marking the most rushing yards allowed by Southern Virginia in program history.
Southern Virginia Head Coach DeLane Fitzgerald
"We came out of the gate sluggish to begin the game, but our offense and special teams played well during the second half. Our defense struggled to stop the Brevard rushing attack and didn't play assignment football."
On the offense's second half success:
"For the second straight week, our offense has had a great second half of racking up yards and putting points on the scoreboard thanks in large part to our offensive line making the necessary blocks. We need to find a way to put together two effective halves of offensive play in the same game."
On Jeff Waldron's career game:
"Jeff [Waldron] got open on some routes down the middle of the field and our quarterbacks threw him the ball. He's an underutilized player and we're going to try and get him the ball more often this upcoming week."
Southern Virginia Running Back Jamal Coates
On his two touchdown runs:
"Our offense got us in good position and moved the ball down the field. When I was called upon to carry the ball, my offensive line made great blocks so I could make it into the end zone."
On his 19 carries:
"I just wanted to help the team any way I could, and I did my best to try and take advantage of my opportunity given by the coaches. "
Southern Virginia Offensive Lineman Tyler Condiff
On the offensive line's second half performance:
"We were able to control the line of scrimmage and as a result be effective with both pass protection and run blocking for our skill players. We're continuing to grow and mature as an offensive line unit, which is giving us confidence in executing our blocking assignments."
Southern Virginia Defensive Lineman Dylan Hall
On the defense:
"We made some mental errors on the defensive side of the ball. We'll make sure we fix those mental mistakes and our defense will play sound football the rest of the season."
On his sack:
"I was able to rush passed Brevard's offensive linemen on the passing play and run down the quarterback."
Southern Virginia Tight End Jeff Waldron
On his career day:
"The quarterbacks were able to hit me when I got open, and it was fun to catch the ball and make some plays."
On his 55-yard pass reception:
"I snuck past the safeties on a middle post route and had some room to run before being taken down by the defender."