Written by Daniel Whitehead
BUENA VISTA, Va.—As Southern Virginia University Athletics gears up for the 2013-14 athletics season, we are taking a look back at the top five contests from last year.
It is an exciting time for Southern Virginia as the Knights prepare for their first season of competition in the Capital Athletic Conference and second year as provisional NCAA Division III members.
Each week leading up to fall competition, we will highlight one significant game from this past season to build excitement for another successful campaign for the Knights.
No. 5 — Football Defeats Edward Waters in Thrilling Fashion to Close Season
Nov. 10, 2012 — Trailing 10-3 wih under two minutes remaining, the Knights rallied to score two touchdowns to defeat Edward Waters in Jacksonville, Fla., 17-10, to finish the season on a three-game winning streak.
The game was a low-scoring affair throughout, with Edward Waters going up 10-3 with 8:55 remaining in the game on a 15-yard touchdown scamper.
Undeterred, Southern Virginia quarterback Andy Jones (Salt Lake City, Utah) led the Knights on quick drives, culminating in two-yard touchdown keepers on both possessions. The first comeback drive was highlighted by an 18-yard grab by senior tight end Jeff Waldron (Costa Mesa, Calif.) to the two-yard line, a 57-yard possession that shed only 38 seconds off the game clock.
Southern Virginia forced Edward Waters to punt after a three-and-out on its final drive of the game.
The following drive, senior receiver Dewayne Beamon (Eastern Wayne, N.C.) caught a 38-yard pass to pin Edward Waters deep into their own end zone, setting up Jones' game-winning touchdown with only 17 seconds in the game.
"The Edward Waters game was special for several reasons," coach DeLane Fitzgerald explained. "We had traveled on a bus 13 hours to play them. EWC has 24 scholarships and we have none. Our team played with fanatical effort for 60 minutes, believing in themselves and each other the entire game, competing the last two minutes and fifteen seconds as hard as the first two minutes.
"I don't think our players ever doubted we were going to win that day. There was an extreme belief and we pulled it off at the end."
Southern Virginia's running backs turned in all-time best performances in the game with sophomore Jamal Coates (Conover, N.C.) going for 100 yards and Tod Workman (Springerville, Ariz.) earning 79 yards on the ground.
The Knights' defense—which had allowed only three offensive touchdowns in its previous four contests—was led by senior defensive back Robert Williams (St. Cloud, Fla.), who tied his career-high with nine tackles (8 solo, 1 assisted) while adding one tackle-for-loss and a pass break-up. Southern Virginia also made a critical four-down goal line stand at its own one-yard line just before intermission to keep Edward Waters from going into halftime with the advantage.
Jones finished the game 12-for-22 passing with 138 yards through the air and zero interceptions. The football team's five wins in 2012 marked the second-most victories in a single season in program history behind only the 2007 squad (6-5).