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November 1, 2012

Southern Virginia Football: Webber International Preview

Written by Sean Dahlin

Game Information 

Date: November 3, 2012
Time: 1:00 p.m. EST
Opponent: Webber International Warriors
All-Time Series: 0-4
Last Meeting: Nov. 5, 2011 at Webber International (L, 6-63) 

Video/Radio 

Visit Southern Virginia's online athletic broadcasting portal to access a live video stream.  

Audio of Saturday's game will be broadcast by AM-1450, WREL.  

Preview

For its final home game of the season on Senior Day, Southern Virginia will host familiar NAIA-foe Webber International on November 3 at 1 p.m. EDT at Robert E. "Bobby" Williams Field.

"The ten seniors this year have proven to be cornerstones of our football program and great leaders for this season's team," said fourth-year Head Coach DeLane Fitzgerald. "The game will be a great environment as we commemorate our seniors in their last home contest at Southern Virginia University." 

Southern Virginia's ten seniors that will be playing in their final home game as Knights are linebacker Steven Andreasen (Burley, Idaho), wide receiver Dewayne Beamon (Eastern Wayne, N.C.), punter Brenton Estorffe (Mooloolaba, Australia), defensive lineman Dylan Hall (Redding, Calif.), defensive lineman Luke Herndon (Mechanicsville, Va.), defensive lineman Kyle Leslie (Tempe, Ariz.), kicker Brett Murray (Hollywood, Calif.), tight end Jeff Waldron (Cost Mesa, Calif.), wide receiver Cameron Williams (Sacramento, Calif.) and defensive back Robert Williams (St. Cloud, Fla.). 

Series 

Saturday's matchup between Southern Virginia (3-6) and Webber International (4-5) marks the fifth consecutive and total meeting between the two schools beginning in 2008, with the warriors taking all four matchups thus far—including the Knights dropping last season's game 63-6 on the road. 

"Webber International is well-coached and is always a tough opponent," said Fitzgerald. "We expect nothing less than a hard-fought battle on Saturday with the team that makes the least mistakes winning the game." 

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 14-28 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. 

Webber International Head Coach Kelly Scott 

Kelly Scott begins his sixth season as the head football coach at Webber International and tenth season on the coaching staff since the Warriors' inaugural season in 2002. 

Scott brings with him 15 years of high school coaching experience in Indiana and Florida and one season at the University of South Carolina. 

Scott brought the program to new heights quickly as he received the NAIA Independent Coach of the Year and SEAC Coach of the Year awards in his first year as head coach. He also led Webber International to its first winning season in school history, going 7-4 in 2010 on the way to its first NAIA Top-25 ranking. 

Scott attended Manchester College where he played as a defensive back for three years before transferring to Indiana University where he received his bachelor's degree at Indiana University. 

Last Week at Alfred State: W, 21-6 

After dropping the previous four road contests this season, the Southern Virginia University football team earned its first win away from home on Saturday defeating Alfred State College 21-6 behind a solid defensive performance. 

Both teams were held scoreless until with 45 seconds left before halftime Southern Virginia freshman quarterback Andy Jones (Salt Lake City, Utah), who finished 8-of-17 for 59 yards passing, hit senior wide receiver Cameron Williams (Sacramento, Calif.) on a four-yard touchdown strike to give the Knights a 7-0 lead at intermission. 

The highlight of the Knights' second-quarter scoring drive came when 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. 

After the Pioneers were forced to punt for the seventh time, Southern Virginia finished a 13-play, 47-yard drive that took off 7:02 late in the third quarter on Jones' second touchdown pass of the game as he hit sophomore wide receiver Michael Kilstrom (Upper Arlington, Ohio) for four yards to extend the lead 14-0. 

The Knights picked off two passes from back-up quarterback Caldwell in the fourth quarter, including a 26-yard interception return by linebacker Dakota Winsor (Richland, Wash.)—who had six tackles with 1.5 tackles-for-loss—to set up Southern Virginia's final touchdown on an 11-yard scamper by sophomore wide receiver Ethan Condiff (Spring, Texas) with 3:07 left in the game. 

On the ensuing kickoff, Alfred State got on the board as Shawn Charles returned the ball 83 yards to the house to cut the deficit to 21-6. 

Last Week's Standouts 

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. 

Linebacker Robert Robbins (Glendale, Ariz.) 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. 

Freshman Frank Taitano (Washington, D.C.) led the Knights rushing attack with 54 yards on 12 carries. 

This Week: Webber International Scouting Report 

Webber International is looking to even its record to .500 against the Knights after having won its last four contests. 

The offense is averaging 179.9 yards of total offense through nine games. The Warriors average 100-plus yards on the ground through so far, accounting for 60% of their offensive output. 

"If we are to have any success on Saturday, we must stop and force our opponent to throw the ball," said Fitzgerald. 

Webber International's signal caller this season is sophomore Kentrall Mims who has completed 57.8% of his passes and has a team-high 404 passing yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions.   

The Warriors' rushing attack is led by running back Brendan DeShiel who has recorded a team-leading 383 yards on the ground with five touchdown runs. Also look for Larry Gaskins and Zach Day to contribute having gained 198 and 160 yards respectively. 

Look for Mitch Choquette, Deonte Fielder, Corey Jackson and Kody Sallis—Mims' four primary targets this season—to be contributors in Webber International's air strike. 

"Nathan [Keller] is a solid defender and a potential All-America candidate," said Fitzgerald. "His ability to make big plays on defense makes him a threat to our offensive scheme." 

The Warriors' defense is led by senior linebacker Nathan Keller who has recorded team-highs with 95 tackles (45 solo, 50 assisted), 14.5 tackles-for-loss and seven quarterback sacks. 

Look for defensive linemen Jamael Autry and Keenan Costello to disrupt Southern Virginia's offensive backfield recording 10 and five tackles-for-loss apiece respectively through the team's nine games so far. 

Within the defensive backfield, senior defensive back Steven Willis ranks second on the team with 79 total tackles (50 solo, 29 assisted) and is tied for the lead with two interceptions.