For the Ferrum Panthers, its been a season of streaks. Four losses, followed by three wins, now one more loss. For Marcus Mayo, it has been statistically successful. During the initial four games. Mayo scored 3 touchdowns (2 rushing, and 1 punt return). In those same 4 games, Mayo threw for four touchdowns. Despite those solid numbers, the Panthers found themselves 0-4, and having been out scored in those games 102-72. Of those 72 points, Mayo was directly involved in 42 points.
Over the next four games, the Panthers are 3-1, and Mayo has continued to be a large part of their offense. He has, in these games scored two more rushing touchdowns, thrown for 6 additional touchdowns, and returned two more punts for scores. During the later four games, the Panthers have outscored opponents 156-112, and Mayo has been involved in 60 of those points.
Yesterday against Christopher Newport University, Mayo rushed for 73 yards and one touchdown, and threw for 207 yards and
two touchdowns. It was his best passing performance as a Panther. Still Ferrum lost 27-21.
In an interview with the Daily Press, CNU head coach Matt Kelchner said the following about Mayo:
"He's a pretty shifty guy. I don't think we could simulate what he does in practice (on the scout team). He's a very good athlete — I told him after the game that he's one of the best athletes we've gone against."
This year Mayo has 999 yards passing, 392 yards rushing, and 375 return yards. These are very solid numbers. If you are wondering about records, the Ferrum records for rushing, passing, punt returns, and all purpose yards are listed below.
Rushing yards in a season: 1443 Chris Warren "88
Passing yards in a season: 1153 Phil Jones '89
Punts returned for touchdowns: 4 Chris Warren '89
Most All Purpose Yards: 2366 Chris Warren '88
Ferrum will be on the road again next week, taking on the Averett Cougars. Averett, who was picked by D3football.com to win the USA South, suffered its second loss last night at the hands of Shenandoah. This will be an important game for both teams, and one that Ferrum must win to keep any playoff hopes alive.(and that still may not be enough) Look for Ferrum and Averett to battle hard in the trenches, and look for the Cougars to send their receivers deep against the Ferrum secondary. Lastly look for Mayo, he will be running or passing toward the end zone. (Photo by Tammi Armstrong)