Ty Jones Leads Knights to Homecoming Win

Ty Jones Leads Knights to Homecoming Win

By Nick Porter

BUENA VISTA, Va.—The Southern Virginia football team earned their first New Jersey Athletic Conference win of the year over William Paterson University, forcing six turnovers in the 26-17 win. 

In addition to the defensive dominance, the Knights (2-5, 1-5 NJAC) ran for over 300 yards. Freshman quarterback Ty Jones led the Knights with 86 yards rushing and scored three touchdowns. His first touchdown came in the second quarter on a three-yard run to put the Knights on the board, and take a 7-3 lead.

With 48 seconds to go in the half, William Paterson (2-5, 1-5 NJAC) forced Southern Virginia to punt, and took over on the Knights' 47 yard line. Twenty-three seconds later, Mitch Orme sacked the Pioneer quarterback, took the ball and ran it back for the second touchdown of the game, and the Knights' first halftime lead in a conference game. 

In the third quarter Ty Jones recorded his second touchdown of the day on a 35 yard run up the middle in a :37 possession by the Knights. 

William Paterson would score the next two touchdowns, cutting Southern Virginia's lead to two with 5:27 left in the game. 

The Knights used the next 2:26 to go 62 yards for a touchdown, scoring on Jones' longest run of the day, 36 yards. The extra point would seal the deal for a 26-17 win.

"I'm proud of the team and how hard we played today," Coach Joe DuPaix said after his first NJAC win, "our defense was lights out tonight, and Ty played a heck of a game."

Neil Davis, Josh Christopher and Bryan Lorenzen each had interceptions for the Knights. Simi Moala recorded two sacks totaling 25 yards.

Seth Hanson recorded 76 yards on the ground with a long of 30. Seven other Knights recorded positive rushing yards.

Southern Virginia heads to Kean University next week to take on the Cougars. Kickoff is at 1 p.m.