FERRUM, Virginia — Ferrum College picked up their first Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) victory this season tonight on the road, hanging on to a 33-28 victory at Knight Stadium.
Ferrum (1-2, 1-2 ODAC)
Southern Virginia (0-3, 0-3 ODAC)
The Panthers got things started early, as Tylan McElhenie found pay dirt, hauling in a Titus Jones pass from 20 yards out after Southern Virginia muffed the opening kick-off and Ferrum took the early 7-0 lead. Jack Sheehan then added two field goals, the first from 32 yards out and the later from 22 yards out putting the Panthers up 13-0.
Collen Shaw then made it 20-0 after catching a Jones pass from the backfield and scoring from five yards out with 7:32 left until the halftime break. Southern Virginia found the scoreboard three minutes later as Matthew Johansson caught a Davis Pinkston pass from 15 yards out to cut it to 20-7. McElhenie answered right back with his second score of the half, this one from 19 yards out, to push it to 27-7 with just five ticks left in the half as the Panthers took a 27-7 lead onto the break.
Southern Virginia marked the only score from either team in the third quarter, as a Jake Lindsey run from 13 yards out cut the Panther lead to 27-14. The fourth quarter saw the Knights score two touchdowns unanswered, both off of Johansson ruching scores, the first from just a yard out and the second being 33 yards out and Southern Virginia took a 28-27 lead with 8:49 left to play. That score would stand until 1:15 left in regulation as J’Sean Dupuy would convert the eventual game-winning score from 11 yards out. The Panthers would go for two and not convert, but the Panther defense would allow the 33-28 scoreline to stand.
Ferrum: Jones 18-37, 253 yds, 3 TD, INT; McElhenie 4 rec, 110 yds, 2 TD; Billy Higgins 10 tackles, 0.5 TFL
Southern Virginia: Pinkston 20-45, 193 yds, 2 TD, INT 96; Johansson 8 rec, 81 yds, 2 TD; Apodaca 17 tackles, 4.5 TFL
Coach Cleive Adams’ team will be back in action Friday, March 26, at Guilford College. The ODAC game is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. start in Greensboro, North Carolina.