Football to Face Pioneers on the Road

Football to Face Pioneers on the Road

Game Information
Southern Virginia University (1-7, 0-7 NJAC) vs William Paterson University (0-8, 0-7 NJAC)
Date: November 4, 2017
Kickoff: 1:00 p.m.
Location: Wayne, N.J.
Career vs. Pioneers: 1-2. Southern Virginia defeated William and Paterson 26-17 last season.

About the Knights
The Knights are looking for their second consecutive win against the William Paterson Pioneers. During the 2016 season, the Knights defeated the pioneers 26-17. It was one of their two wins of the season.

Last week, the Knights fell 35-3 against No. 18 Frostburg State. Despite the loss, the Knights were able to average 3.7 yards per play and score off of a 40-yard field goal.

During the game, Simi Moala led the team rushing with 47 yards on four attempts. Kaden Knight accumulated 43 yards on kickoff returns during the game, averaging 14.3 yards per return.

Defensively, Neil Davis and Matt call led the team with nine and eight tackles, respectively. They were followed by Mitch Orme and Trevor Laurey who had seven tackles each.


Southern Virginia Coach Joe DuPaix
This is Coach DuPaix's second 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 very excited to play against William Paterson. We are looking strong and saw a lot of improvement in our game against Frostburg State last week. We are hungry for a win and are going to give it our all.

About the Pioneers
The Pioneers are still looking for their first win of the season. During their last game, they lost to the College of New Jersey 20-0 despite holding the Lions to just three points during the second and third quarters. William Paterson finished their 2016 campaign 2-8, they were 1-7 in the New Jersey Athletic Conference.