WINCHESTER, Va. — The Southern Virginia University football team suffered its second consecutive loss in Old Dominion Athletic Conference play Saturday night, falling on the road to Shenandoah University 14-42.
The Knights leading receiver, freshman Matthew Johansson had a great outing scoring both of the Knights' touchdowns, finishing the game with five receptions for 49 yards. Senior Akiva Wedge led the team with 84 rushing yards on 24 attempts.
Junior quarterback Davis Pinkston recorded a season-high on the ground with seven carries for 45 yards while throwing for 178 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Safety Neil Davis was dominant on the defense recording a game-high ten tackles (eight solo and two assists) in the loss. Bishope Apodaca led the linebacker core with nine tackles while Dallin Breen led the defensive line with eight.
Shenandoah (3-1) jumped out to an early lead over Southern Virginia (2-2) after producing the games' first turnover via fumble. The Hornets drove 56 yards and scored on an eight-yard pass from Ben Agostino to Brant Butler for a 7-0 lead (following a successful Patrick Ritchie PAT).
After the Knights force the Hornets to punt several possessions later, the Knights tied the game when Pinkston connected from six yards out to Johansson for the score and a successful Jackson Hatch PAT.
In the second quarter, Shenandoah reclaimed its lead by capitalizing on a 4th & Goal opportunity with Agostino recording his second touchdown pass of the game for the 14-7 lead.
The Hornets scored before the half to extend their lead after stringing together a 10-play, 81-yard drive that lasted 3:57.
Southern Virginia received the ball to begin the second half and capitalized on their first possession. After a pair of Wedge runs placed the Knights on the Shenandoah 1-yard line, Pinkston once more found Johansson for the score to trim the Hornets lead to 21-14.
The Shenandoah ensuing drive resulted in their first touchdown of the half on an Agostino 40-yard pass to Ethan Bigbee, creating a two-possession game.
Neither team scored until the beginning of the third quarter when the Hornets, backed up to its 14-yard line, put together a 5-play, 86-yard touchdown drive that lasted 1:46 for their longest drive of the game. Shenandoah added another touchdown with 5:10 left in the game to reach the final score and secure the 42-14 victory.
The Knights finished with 316 yards of total offense compared to the Hornets 601 total offensive yards, the most yards Southern Virginia has allowed on the season.
Southern Virginia will face ODAC foe Emory & Henry for homecoming Saturday, Oct. 12, at Knight Stadium with kickoff slated for 1 p.m.