BUENA VISTA, Va. — The Southern Virginia University football team won its third game of the season on homecoming weekend with an 8-3 victory over New Jersey Athletic Conference foe William Paterson.
The Pioneers (0-9, 0-8) were able to strike first on the first drive of the game when quarterback Cornelius Kinchen completed a pass to RaeQuawn Bridgeman for 51-yards.
The Knights (3-6, 2-6) defense held the Pioneers for the next plays forcing a fourth and seven at the Knights eight-yard line. Kicker William Oertel would put William Paterson on the scoreboard with a 25-yard field goal, giving the lead to the Pioneers 3-0.
The Knights defense stepped up following the field goal, shutting out the Pioneers for the remainder of the game.
The defensive play of the game came in the second quarter when the Knights lost a fumble at their own 21-yard line. William Paterson moved the ball inside the two-yard line and on a fourth and two with three seconds remaining, junior Skyler Cloward and the Knights defense held true, keeping the Pioneers out of the end zone and ending the half trailing 3-0.
In the last drive of the game for the Knights, they found themselves on their own nine-yard line. Junior running back Akiva Wedge led the charge for the Knights offense, where he accounted for 58-yards, including a 32-yard rush.
The Knights would then risk a two-point conversion to eliminate a tie from a field goal. Callens would then find Parker Nash for the two-point conversion extending the score 8-3.
Wedge was the catalyst for the offense, as he was able to collect 184 rushing yards on 24 carries, an impressive 7.7 yards per carry.
Sophomore Leks Apodaca starred on the defense where he accounted for 13 total tackles, including nine solos, 4.5 tackles for loss, a sack and a fumble forced that was recovered by Mason Fauatea. The Knights forced four turnovers, two interceptions by Neil Davis and Payton Madsen, and two fumbles.
The Knights will play their final game of the season at home Saturday, Nov. 10 against The College of New Jersey at 1:00 p.m.