BUENA VISTA, Va. — The Southern Virginia University football team suffered a tough home opener loss, falling short 20-17 in a conference clash against Rowan University Saturday night.
Rowan (2-0, 1-0 NJAC) scored first, behind a John Mannion 14-yard run. Following the score, kicker Alex Boyko missed the extra point leaving the game 6-0. The Knights (0-2, 0-2 NJAC) were able to get themselves on the board late in the first quarter with less than two minutes Jackson Hatch connected on a 26-yard field goal, pulling the Knights within three 6-3.
The Profs started the second strong scoring in the first minute of play, when Anthony Diorio crossed the goal-line on a one-yard carry followed by a good extra point from Boyko expanding the lead 13-3.
The Knights responded marching down the field 57 yards scoring with sophomore quarterback Tate Briggs finding Kevin Adams for a 23-yard pass for his first touchdown of the season, following the touchdown Hatch missed the extra point giving the Profs a 13-9 lead. Rowan would manage to score one more rushing touchdown from Mannion to put them up 20-9 at the half.
The lone score of the second half came in the fourth from Southern Virginia's freshman running back Ethan Workman on a three yard-run. The Knights took a gamble and decided to go for the two point conversion to put themselves within three. Briggs was able to convert the conversion attempt on a broken play scrambling his way into the end zone shrinking the deficit to three 20-17.
On a crucial drive the defense was unable to stop the Profs after they converted several first downs allowing themselves to run out the clock with the final score 20-17.
The Knights offense was able to accumulate 324 total yards of offense and gather 20 first downs. Briggs was collected 194 yards through the air, while Josh Newman led the receivers with 72 yards on four catches and Akiva Wedge on the ground with 58 yards.
The defensive side of the ball was led in tackles for the second game in a row by Albert Green IV who gathered 11 tackles, a fumbled forced and a pass break up. Dallin Breen anchored the defensive line with two tackles for loss.
The Knights will play next on the road at Montclair State Saturday Sept. 15, at 1:00 p.m.