Knights Comeback in Fourth, Defeat Builders

Knights Comeback in Fourth, Defeat Builders

NEWPORT NEWS, VA. — The Southern Virginia University football team picked up their second win of the season in their only non-conference game of the year, defeating The Apprentice School 23-21.

The Knights (2-4, 1-4) started making plays on the first drive while on defense with a fumble recovered by junior Skylar Cloward. The Knights first offensive play followed similar with excitement when Akiva Wedge on his first rush, took it to the house on a 25-yard rush. After a Jackson Hatch PAT, the Knights lead 7-0 in the first 30 seconds of the game.

Later in the first, the Knights were just inside the 20 and called on Hatch for a 34-yard field goal. Hatch sealed the eight play, 57-yard drive with his first field goal of the game, increasing the Knights' lead to 10-0.

The Builders (3-3) put together a strong second quarter. Their first score came on a Terrence Sudberry 6-yard run, followed by a Nestor Guardado PAT, closing the gap to 10-7. Less than two minutes later in the second, Sudberry went deep to wideout Jacobi Sapp for a 55-yard touchdown, giving the Builders their first lead of the game 14-7.

The last score of the second quarter came once more from the Builders defense. Junior Paul Massey Jr. picked off the Knights right before the half, returning the interception for a 42-yard pick six, giving the Builders the lead at the half 21-10.

The third quarter was emphasized by defense, with the only points of the quarter coming on Hatch's second field goal of the day, this time from 24 yards, inching the Knights to within one score at 21-13.

In the fourth quarter the Knights defense looked improved after shutting out the builders in the third. The Knights offense built off their defense, with Hatch collecting his third field goal of the evening bringing the score to 21-16.

The Knights reclaimed the lead on a Wedge 57-yard run with just over nine minutes remaining in the game, making the score 23-21.

The Knights, having fought their way back into the game, found themselves in a jam in the last seconds of the game. The Builders were on the nine-yard line and called on their kicking team for a game-winning field goal. The kick was no good as the kick soared wide left with one second remaining on the clock, giving the Knights the 23-21 victory.

Wedge collected a career-high in rushing yards for a single game with 148 yards and added two receptions for 26 yards. Quarterback Tate Briggs threw for 135 yards total and his premier target for the night, Kevin Adams, hauled in four catches for 55 yards.

The defense was led by linebacker Bishope Apodace with nine tackles. Albert Green IV and Neil Davis each added eight tackles in the secondary.

The Knights return home as they host Salisbury Saturday, Oct. 20 at 1:00 p.m. at Knight Stadium.