Southern Virginia Football: Concordia-Selma Preview

Southern Virginia Football: Concordia-Selma Preview

Game Information 

Date: October 20, 2012
Time: 1:00 p.m. EST
Opponent: Concordia-Selma Hornets
All-Time Series: 0-0
Last Meeting: First Meeting 

Video/ Radio 

Visit Southern Virginia's online athletic broadcasting portal to access a live video stream. 

Audio of Saturday's game will be broadcast by AM-1450, WREL


Southern Virginia University returns to its home crowd at Robert E. "Bobby" Williams Field on Saturday to begin the final third of the 2012 season against Concordia College Selma—the Knights fourth USCAA opponent in the last five weeks. 

"We're excited to play in front of our energetic home crowd against a quality opponent in Concordia-Selma," said fourth-year Head Coach DeLane Fitzgerald. "We'll look to start the first half with intensity and set the tone early on Saturday." 

Southern Virginia is looking to bounce back from a road loss 59-24 to Brevard College while Concordia-Selma is also searching for a win this week after dropping a 38-12 loss to Fort Valley State University in its latest contest. 


Saturday's matchup between Southern Virginia (2-5) and Concordia-Selma (4-2) marks the first meeting between the two schools.  

Although Southern Virginia and Concordia-Selma will be meeting for the first time, both programs similarly have played Virginia-Lynchburg this season. 

The Hornets had an impressive win on the road against NCAA Division I-FCS-opponent Mississippi Valley State University 21-19 on Sept. 1 for their first victory of the season. 

"Our opponents are one of the most athletic teams we will have faced this season," said Fitzgerald. "That being said, we will give ourselves to be in the game if we win the turnover and special teams battles and execute our game plan on offense and defense." 

Southern Virginia Head Coach DeLane Fitzgerald 

DeLane Fitzgerald is in his fourth season as head football coach at Southern Virginia and is in his eleventh year of coaching collegiate football, making previous stops at his alma mater James Madison University (NCAA DI-FCS), the University of Tennessee at Martin (NCAA DI-FCS) and Bethel College (NAIA). 

In his three-plus years as Southern Virginia's head coach, Fitzgerald has posted a 13-27 overall record, including back-to-back 4-7 season in 2010 and 2011. 

Fitzgerald became the winningest coach in Southern Virginia football's nine-year history last season, passing Mike Smith who went 9-13 overall from 2007-08. 

Concordia-Selma Head Coach Don Lee 

Don Lee took over as interim head football coach for Concordia-Selma three games into this season after having served as defensive coordinator since 2011. 

In his three games as head coach, Lee has led the Hornets to a 2-1 record with wins over Virginia-Lynchburg (20-7) and Faith College (48-6). 

Prior to Concordia-Selma, Lee was head coach at his alma mater Olivet Nazarene University (NAIA) from 2009-10 and at Belhaven College (NAIA) located in Jackson, Miss. from 2006-08. 

Lee has coached in the collegiate ranks since 1995, having served as an assistant defensive coach at Middle Georgia College (NJCAA), Southwest Baptist University (NCAA DII) and the University of the Cumberlands (NAIA). 

Lee received his bachelor's degree from Olivet Nazarene University and was a standout defensive end. 

Last Week at Brevard College: L, 24-59 

The game began as Brevard scored 24 unanswered points in the first quarter, highlighted by two touchdown runs from slot back Ty Jeter, including a game-long 79-yard score with 3:38 left in the first quarter. 

Southern Virginia answered with its first score of the game with less than one minute left in the first quarter on a four-yard touchdown run by sophomore running back Jamal Coates (Conover, N.C.). 

In the first half, The Tornados took advantage of three Southern Virginia turnovers—two interceptions and a fumble—and scored two more touchdowns after Coates' scoring trot to take a 38-7 lead going into halftime.

Southern Virginia's offense outscored Brevard 10-7 in the third initiated on the first drive after intermission by a 14-yard touchdown strike from freshman quarterback Andy Jones (Salt Lake City, Utah) to senior wide receiver Cameron Williams (Sacramento, Calif.), and was followed-up by a 26-yard field goal by kicker Brett Murray (Hollywood, Fla.) with 1:38 remaining in the third stanza. 

Southern Virginia would come no closer, however, as Brevard scored two more touchdowns in less than seven minutes.

Last Week's Standouts

Senior tight end Jeff Waldron (Costa Mesa, Calif.) finished Saturday's game with three receptions for a career-high 93 yards highlighted by a season-long 55-yard pass from with less than two minutes left in the first quarter. 

Senior defensive lineman Dylan Hall (Redding, Calif.) recorded in the latter end of the second quarter the defense's lone sack of the game for a team-high 6.5 total sacks and his third blocked kick of the season on a 28-yard field goal attempt by Brevard's kicker—Southern Virginia's ninth team block in 2012. 

Coates was the Knights' leading rusher recording 19 carries for 65 yards and two rushing touchdowns against Brevard. 

This Week: Concordia-Selma Scouting Report 

Concordia-Selma has had two signal callers split time this season as quarterbacks Imonni Carswell and Keith Ray have both taken snaps under center. 

Look for running back Terrell Edwards-May to be the feature running back of the Hornets' ground game this Saturday. 

On the defensive side of the ball, look for linebacker Javonne Roman to make some stops as the Hornets' leading tackler against Virginia-Lynchburg and Fort Valley State.