Southern Virginia University (0-1, 0-1 NJAC) vs. Rowan University (1-0, 0-0 NJAC)
Date: Saturday, September 9, 2017
Kickoff: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Glassboro, New Jersey
Career vs. Pioneers: 0-3. The Knights fell to Rowan 17-7 during the 2016 season.
About the Knights
After fighting hard against the Christopher Newport Captains in last weeks' season opener, the Southern Virginia University Knights are looking for their first win of the season on the road at Rowan.
Simi Moala scored the first touchdown of the season with a 74-yard rush last Saturday. Moala totaled 123 of the 171 total rushing yards posted by the Knights.
Southern Virginia's second touchdown of the night came from Tate Briggs who threw a 39-yard pass to Albert Green.
On special teams, Sophomore Caeden Knight returned the ball seven times, averaging 18.9 yards per return.
Southern Virginia Coach Joe DuPaix
This is Coach DuPaix's second straight season as head coach of Southern Virginia University. Previously, DuPaix was at Brigham Young University (2011-12) as the Cougar's recruiting coordinator and running backs coach. Working under former head coach Bronco Mendenhall, DuPaix was a member of the staff that led the Cougars to an 18-8 overall record which included back-to-back bowl wins.
Before BYU, DuPaix was a member of the coaching staff at the United States Naval Academy for three years. While there, he coached the slot backs. During his time in Annapolis, the Midshipmen participated in three consecutive bowl games, won two Commander-In-Chief trophies and ranked in the top-ten nationally for rushing offenses each season.
Coach DuPaix is excited to lead the Knights for the second straight year, "I love the way the guys are working and their focus. They are all very committed to the team. For me, it is all about the players."
Outlook from Coach DuPaix
We are of the mindset that we should be improving every day. We learned a lot from playing Christopher Newport and have been working hard to improve this week in preparation for the upcoming game.
Rowan is a very good team; our players have been working really hard to improve and have an extremely competitive game.
It isn't about the individual. Overall, as a team, there were a lot of things we have been working on improving and I am excited to see the improvement Saturday.
In their previous game, Rowan rushed a total of 207 yards, averaging 4.2 yards per carry. Rowan ultimately defeated their opponent 6-0, scoring two field goals.
Running back Anthony Diorio was credited with a game-high 165 rushing yards against Widener. The Profs were picked to finish fourth in the NJAC preseason poll.