Southern Virginia Football Earns NJAC Win Over William Paterson

Southern Virginia Football Earns NJAC Win Over William Paterson

WAYNE, N.J. — The Southern Virginia University football team earned their first New Jersey Athletic Conference win of the year on Saturday with a 16-6 win over William Paterson. 

After both teams punted on their opening possessions, the Knights (2-7, 1-7 NJAC) were able to capitalize on their field position with a four-play drive ending on a 13-yard Seth Hanson touchdown. For the next twenty minutes, the ball changed hands six times before Southern Virginia scored twice in two minutes, the first coming from a Jackson Hatch field goal after a nine-minute 84-yard drive. 

On the following drive, William Paterson (0-9, 0-8 NJAC) went 22 yards and attempted a 42-yard field goal which the Knights blocked. The loose ball was picked up by Southern Virginia's Trevor Laurey who ran it 63 yards for a touchdown, capping the Knights' scoring at 16.

The Pioneers were continually shut down by the Knights' defense until they mounted a 60-yard drive in their final possession of the game. 

Southern Virginia recorded 260 yards of total offense, with 240 coming on the ground. The Pioneers, on the other hand, lost seven yards rushing and had 231 yards passing. Quarterback Ty Jones led the team with 97 yards, including a long of 17. Jewka Patetefa and Akiva Wedge ran for 40 and 31 yards, respectively while three other Knights had 20+ yards. 

Defensively, Jackson Thompson recorded a pair of interceptions, Caleb Thomas had 1.5 sacks, and Joel Bergman led the team with seven tackles.

The Knights will play in their final game of the season next week at The College of New Jersey.