For the Panthers, there were moments of brilliance, where they showed their metal, and gave the Captains fits. There were times that I believe that Christopher Newport was matched by the Panthers in such a way that they and their fans were concerned. Ferrum had kept pace with the Captains, and took a lead into halftime, 14-10.
The third quarter was not so kind to Ferrum, and before you knew it Ferrum trailed 17-14. Late into the fourth quarter, the Captains had extended their lead to 27-14, but Ferrum was not finished. Mayo hit a streaking Derrick West for his second touchdown throw of the day. The extra point made it 27-21, and Ferrum lined up and executed a perfect onside kick that they were able to recover, but were not able to do much else with. Their drive stalled, and CNU took over on downs and ran out the clock.
So the hopes of Ferrum winning the USA South are virtually over. They have the capability to win the next two games, and need to take the lessons learned so far, and apply them to defeat the Cougars next week. The Cougars fell tonight to Shenandoah, so that puts CNU and NC Wesleyan in the lead of the conference with each having one loss. Technically, CNU, having defeated N.C. Wesleyan, would have the advantage in a tie breaking situation. Should Ferrum win their next two, and CNU and NCW lose their next two, then well, I think, uh but if....I'm not sure- I will have it figured out by the next post! Good Game Ferrum!