Written by Sean Dahlin
Senior defensive lineman Dylan Hall (Redding, Calif) took down Alfred State's quarterbacks Joey Frendo and Colton Caldwell one time each to give him 9.5 sacks in nine games. After breaking the single-season sacks record last Saturday against Concordia-Selma, Hall now holds the program's career record with 13.5 sacks eclipsing Tommy Davidson's (2008-11) previous mark of 10.5.
The Southern Virginia defense had a solid performance registering a season-high five sacks as a unit against Alfred State on Saturday. Hall led the charge with two sacks while seniors Steven Andreasen (Burley, Idaho) and Luke Herndon (Mechanicsville, Va.) along with freshman Tanner Greer (Orem, Utah) had one quarterback takedown each.
Robbins and sophomore defensive back Matt Gregory (Staunton, Va.)—who also finished with 1.5 tackles-for-loss—each recorded a team-high eight tackles respectively. Junior linebacker Dakoda Winsor (Richland, Wash.) had six tackles with 1.5 tackles-for-loss, including a 26-yard interception return in the fourth quarter to set up Southern Virginia's final touchdown of the game. Additionally, the Knights defense held the Pioneers to a season-low 33 rushing yards on 28 carries for 1.2-yards-per-rush.
Freshman Frank Taitano (Washington, D.C.) led the Knights rushing attack with 54 yards on 12 carries while sophomore Jamal Coates (Conover, N.C.) added 40 yards on the ground. Senior tight end Jeff Waldron (Costa Mesa, Calif.) made a behind-the-body 26-yard grab to the Alfred State 13-yard line for his lone catch of the game that set up the Knights' first touchdown score. Freshman quarterback Andy Jones (Salt Lake City, Utah) completed 8-of-17 passes for 59 yards including two touchdown passes—to senior wide receiver Cameron Williams (Sacramento, Calif.) on a four-yard strike late in the second quarter along with another completion in the end zone for four yards to sophomore wide receiver Michael Kilstrom (Upper Arlington, Ohio) in the third quarter.
Southern Virginia finished with 137 rushing yards accounting for 70% of the team's offensive output on Saturday. According to Fitzgerald, the offensive line had a solid performance in the run blocking game led by starters Jake Behan (Carterville, Ill.), Tyler Condiff (Spring, Texas), Jonathan Curtis (Appomattox, Va.), Stephen Jensen (Wake Forest, N.C.), and Braden Petersen (Draper, Utah).
Freshman punter Will Braddy (Wake Forest, N.C.) filled in well in his first start punting for the Knights as he recorded nine punts for a 34 yards-per-punt average, including pinning the opposing Pioneers within their own 20-yard line on one occasion.
Southern Virginia Head Coach DeLane Fitzgerald
"We prepared mentally on the drive to the game and had a good perspective of what our plan-of-action was to attain a victory. As a result, we executed our assignments for the most part in all three phases of the game against a solid opponent in Alfred State [College]."
On the defense's performance:
"That was the most complete defensive performance we've had this year. We held a pass-oriented team that threw for 300-plus yards passing the week before to 160 passing yards on Saturday."
On the run blocking by the offensive line:
"I'm proud of our offensive line for creating holes for our running backs and controlling the line of scrimmage. Neither Frank [Taitano] nor Jamal [Coates] made big run plays, but we continued to move the football."
On special teams:
"Will [Braddy] did a great job stepping in for us as punter in his first start at that position, and Brett [Murray] had a solid game with his kickoffs and extra points made. We need to improve upon our kickoff game after allowing an 83-yard touchdown return at the end of the fourth quarter."
Southern Virginia Linebacker Steven Andreasen
On his sack:
"Thanks to the push by our defensive line, I was able to get past the middle of the offensive line and make the sack after Robert [Robbins] led the quarterback my way."
Southern Virginia Punter Will Braddy
On his first game punting as a Knight:
"I feel fortunate to have been called upon by the coaching staff and am glad I could support and help the team."
Southern Virginia Offensive Lineman Tyler Condiff
On the offensive line's performance:
"We were able to push our opponent's defensive line back and give our running backs a shot to run downfield."
Southern Virginia Defensive Lineman Dylan Hall
"We prepared ourselves mentally to be ready to play from beginning to end, and I feel our team proved that in the way we played on Saturday."
On his career and single-season sacks records:
"I credit Luke [Herndon] who gets double-teamed nearly every game, which has allowed me to get through opposing offensive lines. We've both worked hard this season and as a result have been able to make plays together."
Southern Virginia Defensive Lineman Luke Herndon
"We had a good week of practice which led to us starting at a high tempo and energy level from the first play that helped us succeed throughout the game."
On his performance:
"Any success I had in the game regarding statistics is due to our defensive line as a whole getting into our opponent's backfield often and making key stops."
Southern Virginia Running Back Frank Taitano
On getting back on the field:
"It felt good to be on the field with my teammates trying to contribute any way I could after missing the last two weeks."
On the team's rushing game:
"Our offensive line did a good job of opening holes and giving us lanes to run through, which allowed us to continue to move the chains."