September 6, 2013

Southern Virginia Football: Methodist University Preview

Written by Daniel Whitehead

Southern Virginia University vs. Methodist University

Game Information

Date: Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013

Time: 1:00 p.m. EST

Place: Parry McCluer High School (Buena Vista, Va.)
Southern Virginia all-time against Methodist: 0-1
Last Meeting: Sept. 6, 2003 at Methodist (L, 38-0) 

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

Both teams open the 2013 season Saturday afternoon in hopes of starting the year off on the right foot. The matchup is only the second between the schools since Southern Virginia's football program began in 2003, when the Monarchs claimed a 38-0 victory over the Knights to open the season.

Southern Virginia Head Coach DeLane Fitzgerald 

DeLane Fitzgerald is in his fifth season as head football coach at Southern Virginia and is in his 12th 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 four-plus years as Southern Virginia's head coach, Fitzgerald has posted a 16-28 overall record, including back-to-back 4-7 seasons in 2010 and 2011 and 5-6 in 2012. 

Fitzgerald became the winningest coach in Southern Virginia football's 10-year history in 2011, passing Mike Smith who went 9-13 overall from 2007-08. 

Methodist College Head Coach C.J. Goss

C.J. Goss was promoted to head coach in the spring of 2013 after serving as an assistant with the Monarchs since 2005. Goss came to Methodist following a five-year stint as defensive line coach at Brockport State.

In 2006, Goss coached All-American George Sands and in 2005, Goss coached three All-Conference wide receivers that heped to break numerous individual and team passing records.

A native of Syracuse, N.Y., Goss was a part of a Brockport State program that advanced to the NCAA Division III Playoffs for four straight seasons from 2000 to 2003. He was a part of a defensive staff that molded Brockport State into one of the top defenses in the nation, leading the nation in scoring defense twice while being ranked in the top five in several defensive categories. While at Brockport, Goss coached four All-Americans.

Fitzgerald on Methodist

"They're very well-coached. They've had three different head coaches in three years, but Coach Goss has done a nice job and has been coaching their defense for a long time. They're as athletic and well-coached as anybody we're going to play this fall.

"Their wide receiver No. 5, Vaughn Cross, is a great player and should be a Pre-Season All-American candidate. He comes into the game with 125 career catches. Max Reber is a good quarterback and is both a run and a pass threat. They're going to two-platoon him with a transfer from East Carolina.

"They have two very good offensive linemen, No. 77 Jeff Edge and No. 66 Randy Rouse. Both of them are good players up front, and in the backfield they have a young man named Darius Page who is a great small scatback runner who we'll need to contain.

"Defensively, they have a great nose tackle, No. 99 Jonathan Fulmore, who is a three-year starter for them. He's a 300-pounder who clogs up the middle and does a nice job. Their defensive end, No. 9 BJ Minter, is a good player.

"All their linebackers are good, especially Navahri Holden. No. 13 Antjuan Jones No. 12 Bryan Bing are really good linebackers. Their secondary is inexperienced with some young guys, but as soon as they get them shored up they'll be good defensive and special teams players."