LEXINGTON, Va. — The Southern Virginia University football team wrapped up conference play Saturday afternoon against Washington and Lee University at Wilson Field, where the Knights fell 28-7 to the Generals.
Senior safeties Neil Davis and Albert Green IV led Southern Virginia's (3-6) defensive efforts as they each collected a game-high 13 tackles each (11 solo and two assisted). Green IV added a forced fumble, while Davis included two tackles for loss on the day.
The Generals (5-4) scored on their first possession of the game following a failed Knights' fourth-down on a 2-yard run by W&L running back Josh Breece that capped a 4-play, 62-yard drive, earning an early 7-0 advantage.
The Knights' offense battled its way up the field until the Generals defense forced a fourth down. Southern Virginia looked to capitalize on a 47-yard field goal, but the kick fell short, giving W&L the ball on their own 29-yard line. Despite the missed opportunity, the Southern Virginia defense played strong, stopping the W&L offense the next possession.
After a Knights three-and-out, the Generals extended their lead 14-0 in the second quarter off a 10-yard rush from quarterback Drew Richardson to cap off the nearly six-minute drive.
The Generals' most significant moment of the game came in their final drive of the first half, completing a 15-play, 97-yard highlighted by an Alex Wertz 20-yard rushing touchdown with 32 seconds remaining in the half. W&L entered the locker room now up 21-0 and would start the third quarter with the ball.
After another W&L touchdown, the Knights trailed 28-0 late in the fourth, Colten Shumway threw his first touchdown at Southern Virginia, finding Matthew Johansson for 12-yards with a second remaining in the game, making the final 28-7. The Southern Virginia score came on fourth-and-goal and finished the 15-play, 83-yard drive. The touchdown reception for Johansson is his fourth of the season.
The Knights finished with 248 yards of total offense compared to W&L's 395 total offensive yards. Southern Virginia also struggled to convert in late-down situations going 6-for-16 (38%) on third-down opportunities compared to W&L's 8-for-12 (67%).
After coming in late in the game, Shumway shined for the Knights totaling 114 yards (12-for-14) and a touchdown. Akiva Wedge continued to lead the team on the ground rushing for 64 yards while McKendrick Johnson also saw some time in the backfield leading the team in yards per carry at 3.3. Seven different receivers caught a pass with Kevin Adams leading the team with eight receptions for 81 yards. Freshman Jake Schenk added his best game of the season, catching three passes for 44 yards.
Today's game concludes Southern Virginia's first season in the Old Dominion Atheltic Conference. The Knights finish the 2019 season at home next Saturday, Nov. 16, in a matchup against Apprentice at Knight Stadium with kickoff scheduled for 1 p.m.