FERRUM, Va. (WFXR) — Due to the pandemic, the Ferrum Panthers football team only played five games under first year head coach and Ferrum graduate Cleive Adams. The Panthers are looking forward to putting a winning product out on the field – while putting the last year behind them. The Black Hats are back and the Ferrum College football team isn’t wasting any time moving on from a difficult 2020 season.
“Making sure that we’re prepared in terms of scheduling and things of that nature. It’s been two years since we’ve had a training camp. So, just making sure those things are in order and ready for those guys to return. They’re hungry and ready to go,” said Adams. With a full slate of games on his plate this fall – Ferrum head football coach Cleive Adams finally gets a chance to leave his mark on the team – and the players have responded to his coaching philosophy.
“He’s always teaching us to be a man that’s our motto…BAM. Come out here and stand for something that’s greater than you are. It’s black hat tradition you know the alumni come to our games it means a lot. It’s just nice to stand for something and play for something,” said junior linebacker Drew Hill. “He wants me to play my game and succeed at a high level, play at a high level, and get the job done. It’s a blessing having coach Adams here. He returned to Ferrum bringing the old black hat tradition spirit and he’s a very uplifting guy,” said senior quarterback Titus Jones.
As the Black Hats try to return to sense of normalcy and prepare for their 2021 campaign – Coach Adams is happy to finally get a chance to be with his team on and off the field. The Ferrum Panthers were picked 6th in the 7 team ODAC! Their opener is on September 4th at home against future conference member in the Averett Cougars. Averett is set to join the ODAC as a full time member next season.