Sunday, September 11, 2011

Some Real Surprises in the USA South

On a day where I could do no better than 3-3 on my picks, there were quite a few surprises. Here is a quick review of the results:

HSC 56  NCW 17  The Tigers are VERY STRONG. Likely to be ranked in this weeks top 25 poll, they, for the second week in a row scored over 50 points, and attained a two week total of 750 passing yards. They have only given up 20 total points, and seem to be hitting their stride with their next game against Ferrum.

Methodist 40  Guilford 22  This one was a surprise for me. I was really thinking that Guilford was starting to pick up the pieces, when Methodist comes up with what I thought was an unexpected win. It appears that both team utilized the pass fairly effectively, but Methodist was more balanced as they gained 161 yards on the ground. The Monarchs defense collected three interceptions on the day.

Bridgewater 28  Shenandoah 23   A close game that I really thought the Hornets would prevail in. Shenandoah threw for 293 yards, but gave up 250 on the ground. Overall this was an evenly played game. Only one interception in the game, but that was returned 32 yards for a Bridgewater touchdown.

Randolph Macon 15  Averett 7   The Yellow Jackets collected 290 yards on the ground, and defensively grabbed 2 interceptions to go along with 4 sacks in defeating the Cougars. Averett had 176 passing yards, and converted their only score via the pass. I really thought this would have been a larger blowout by the Yellow Jackets after the way they handled Methodist in week one.

Emory and Henry 38  Greensboro 0    Total dominance by the Wasps as they ran into a team that is struggling on both sides of the ball. Emory and Henry quarterback Kyle Boden continued to put up impressive numbers as he was 33 of 45 for 370 yards and 4 touchdowns. He threw one interception.
Greensboro had 103 passing yards, and 68 yards on the ground.

Stevenson 46 Christopher Newport 43 (2 OT) I thought this may be a close game, but the outcome was really a surprise.. Stevenson, a first year program in football, would have had to have been the underdog for this game. Instead they won their first ever home game against CNU who is picked to win the USA South. It would be harder to find a more evenly played game as both teams rolled up 472 yards of offense. CNU had to settle for a field goal on their second possession in OT, and the Mustangs scored a touchdown on their next possession to seal the win.

My predictions:
3-3 for week 2
9-5 for the season
Last year at this point I was 12-2

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