Knights Ready for Red Hawks Saturday

Knights Ready for Red Hawks Saturday

MONTCLAIR, N.J. — The Southern Virginia University football team heads north this weekend for an NJAC conference clash against Montclair State starting Saturday at 1:00 p.m.

Southern Virginia (0-2, 0-2 NJAC) comes off a heartbreaking loss at home 20-17 to Rowan University (2-0, 1-0 NJAC). The stories of the night were the costly mistakes made by the Knights on offense and the evolution of the defense shutting out the Profs in the second half.

Knights sophomore quarterback Tate Briggs threw for nearly 200-yards, the most in a game since the 2014 season. Albert Green IV totaled 11 total tackles and forced a fumble for the defense.

Heading into Saturday's game, Green sits fourth in the NJAC in tackles (22) and is the only player to record an interception and forced fumble thus far in the season, while senior Joel Bergman and Neil Davis shore up the secondary for the Knights, averaging eight tackles per game.

Southern Virginia's offense sits eighth in the conference in total offense but is in the middle of the pack with its much-improved passing game. Josh Newman leads the receiving core, averaging five receptions a game, placing him third in the NJAC and sixth in receiving yards at nearly 70-yards a game.

Last season when the Red Hawks played at Knight Stadium, the Knights were shut out 24-0. The game was dictated by the defense on each team and neither team obtained more than 230-yards. The Knights were prone to turnovers, creating an inconsistent offensive performance.

"I feel good about our preparation for this week's game. We have some players with small injuries which just means we have to have our next guys step up," said Head Coach Ed Mulitalo. "Our defense has been great and sets our tone. Our offense has some positives we are going to build on, and our special teams look to improve as well. We are far from perfect, but we get better each week and have made improvements for this game with Montclair State."