Southern Virginia 27, Webber International 6: Notes and Quotes

Written by Sean Dahlin

BLOCKED KICKS

Senior defensive lineman Dylan Hall (Redding, Calif.) added his fifth blocked kick of the season on an extra-point attempt by the Warriors' kicker with 2:29 left in the first quarter. Through 10 games this season, Southern Virginia's special teams has accumulated a program record 12 blocked kicks (6 field goals, 5 extra points, 1 punt).

FINAL HOME GAME

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, Fla.), tight end Jeff Waldron (Cost Mesa, Calif.), wide receiver Cameron Williams (Sacramento, Calif.) and defensive back Robert Williams (St. Cloud, Fla.) played in their final home game for the Southern Virginia University football program.

FIRST HALF SCORING

Southern Virginia's offense scored all of the game's 27 points in the first half—the most points scored by the Knights this season in a half. The offense also provided a season-high 296 yards of total offense in the first two quarters of action against Webber International.

OFFENSIVE STANDOUTS

Waldron finished with a career game as he recorded all-time game-highs with eight receptions for 102 yards, including catching a 20-yard touchdown strike from junior Bruce Eisenhauer (Phoenix, Ariz.) on an end-around pass play with 4:39 left in the second quarter. Waldron also accounted for all five of the offense's converted third downs—the Knights finished 5-for-14 throughout the contest. C. Williams finished with 53 receiving yards on two grabs and a 45-yard touchdown catch from freshman quarterback Andy Jones (Salt Lake City, Utah)—who completed 10-of-17 passes for 129 yards—for Southern Virginia's final score of the game with one minute remaining before intermission.

RUNNING GAME

The Knights' rushing attack gained a season-high 182 yards on the ground led by freshman running back Frank Taitano (Washington, D.C.), who became the Knights' first 100-yard rusher of 2012 as he gained 102 yards on five carries highlighted by a 61-yard touchdown run on the second play of the game followed by an additional 31-yard scamper with 10:20 left in the first quarter for his second score. Sophomore running back Jamal Coates (Conover, N.C.) contributed as well with 75 yards on 16 carries respectively.

TEAM DEFENSE

Southern Virginia's defense had a stellar team performance holding the Warriors' offense to a season-low 170 total offensive yards (123 rushing, 47 passing). The defense's main push came at the line-of-scrimmage as Hall and Herndon accounted for 13 total tackles while recording one sack apiece with Herndon adding one pass break-up and a quarterback hurry.

DEFENSIVE STANDOUTS

Sophomore linebacker Robert Robbins (Glendale, Ariz.) recorded a team-high 11 tackles (5 solo, 6 assisted) in the game and his third fumble recovery this year late in the second quarter. Junior linebacker Dakoda Winsor (Richland, Wash.) added seven tackles (2 solo, 5 assisted) while fellow-junior defensive back Jake Palmer (Alpine, Utah) led the team with two pass break-ups. Freshman defensive back Will Braddy (Wake Forest, N.C.)—who made his first start on defense this season—recorded his first interception, picking off Webber International quarterback Kentrall Mims with 1:48 left in the first quarter. Near the end of regulation, sophomore linebacker Colter Evans (Wayan, Idaho) stepped in front of another pass by Mims for his first interception grab of 2012 to seal the victory for Southern Virginia.     

SPECIAL TEAMS

Murray was successful on three extra-point attempts throughout the contest, adding to his all-time program record of 43 career extra-point kicks converted.

SERIES

Southern Virginia's 27-6 defeat over Webber International on Saturday marks its first victory over the Warriors having lost during each of the past four seasons.

Southern Virginia Head Coach DeLane Fitzgerald

General thoughts:

"We had a great team effort, outplaying Webber International in all three phases of the game."

On the defense's performance:

"Our success began with the solid play of our defensive line, which allowed the rest of our defenders to play aggressively." 

On the offense's quick start:

"It was good to see our offense score quickly and put our opponents in a hole. Our running game with Frank [Taitano] and Jamal [Coates] gave us the initial spark, while sure-handed Jeff [Waldron] made some key catches to keep the chains moving."

On his ten seniors' final home game:

"I can't say enough about what the ten seniors mean to our program. They have all been great leaders to our underclassmen and have led by example all season. All ten seniors will be missed and will be difficult to replace."

Southern Virginia Linebacker Steven Andreasen

On the linebackers' play:

"It was fun to play alongside Dakota [Winsor], Robert [Robbins] and Colter [Evans] on Saturday because we fed off each other's energy and had a solid defensive performance as a linebacking unit."

On his final home game as a Knight:

"I have had a great experience playing football at Southern Virginia and will cherish the time I have spent here as a scholar-athlete."

Southern Virginia Wide Receiver Dewayne Beamon

On his final home game as a Knight:

"I feel fortunate to have been given the opportunity to play football at Southern Virginia and was touched with the halftime ceremony that honored us as seniors."

Southern Virginia Punter Brenton Estorffe

On his career:

"It hasn't completely set in that I have one more game to play in my collegiate career, but I feel fortunate to have been associated with such a great group of individuals over the past two years."

Southern Virginia Defensive Lineman Dylan Hall

On playing alongside Luke Herndon:

"I have never had a teammate that I've enjoyed playing next to as much as I have with Luke [Herndon]."

On his final home game as a Knight:

"It is sad that we as seniors are going through a variety of last moments, but it has been a great run and I am thankful for the opportunities given."

Southern Virginia Defensive Lineman Luke Herndon

On his performance:

"I attribute any individual success I had today as a result of our defense playing collectively the best we have all season."

On the end of his four-year career:

"It is a bittersweet feeling knowing my collegiate football career is coming to a close after all the time and effort I have put in over the past four years. I am happy with how my career has gone at Southern Virginia, and am looking forward to the game this upcoming Saturday."

Southern Virginia Defensive Lineman/Linebacker Kyle Leslie

On his final home game as a Knight:

"It is a special day that I will always remember having won our last home game in my career at Southern Virginia."

Southern Virginia Kicker Brett Murray

On his final home game as a Knight:

"This group of seniors I have looked up to as examples and have been through a lot with them. There is no better way to finish at home than win the way we did today with all my friends and teammates."

Southern Virginia Tight End Jeff Waldron

On his career game:

"The coaches had a good game plan and Andy [Jones] threw the ball my way. I did all I could to catch the ball when it was thrown my way to help the offense move the ball."

Southern Virginia Wide Receiver Cameron Williams

On his 45-yard touchdown catch:

"I wanted to make the most of my opportunity after dropping a pass earlier in the game, so I saw an open seam and made a play."

On his final home game as a Knight:

"There is no better way to go out at home than with a win."

Southern Virginia Defensive Back Robert Williams

On his final home game after a four-year career:

"We played one of our most complete games as a team and were able to get the win. I haven't thought much about this being my last home game, and look forward to playing again this week."