In what appeared to me to be the most all around consistent effort of the year, Ferrum overpowered the Averett Cougars 34-13. I was impressed with the Panthers play on both sides of the ball. Offensively, the Panthers out gained the Cougars 376 yards to 331. Through the air, Averett was as strong as I thought they would be, passing for 315 yards, but their running game was held to 16 yards rushing on 23 attempts.
Ferrum was utilizing an effective attack of running and passing, but in typical Ferrum fashion, the run was the weapon of choice. Ferrum ran the ball 50 times for 219 yards, and Marcus Mayo threw the ball 18 times for 157 yards completing 8 with one interception and two touchdowns.
In the backfield, Mayo led all rushers with 58 yards rushing. While the Panther ground game seemed especially effective, the defense provide more than an adequate compliment. Willie Taylor was in on 10 tackles, and had one sack, while Delano Hall was in on nine tackles, five of them solo.
This was a very satisfying game to watch. Ferrum came out and played Ferrum football for the entire game.
Although they gave up a lot of yards to the Cougars through the air, the Panther secondary was effective in controlling Averett All American Jeremy Dixon. While he had a record day in receiving yards, he only found the end zone once. Ferrum applied pressure to him, and to the quarterback to limit the effectiveness of their passing game.
So this day was just an excellent effort, and an example of what Ferrum can be. Unfortunately, the Panthers race for the conference championship is officially over. Ferrum was eliminated as both CNU, and NCW also won.
So on to Senior Day, and let's end this season 5-5 with a win over Maryville. The Scots are coming to Adams field, and it's time to close the season on a high note. both for the Seniors, but also for Coach Davis.