While the loss this past Saturday still stings, Ferrum has to find a way to refocus it's attention to the next and final opponent of the season, Averett. The Cougars, who will come into this game (3-6,2-4) have their three wins against Guilford, Methodist, and Greensboro. They too will be looking to finish their season on a high note, but Ferrum must prevail in this game. This game has much importance for the Panthers. Ferrum, with a win, coupled with a CNU loss to Maryville, would gain a share of the conference title. Co- Champion is better than no champion! Although this would not be enough to get Ferrum into the playoffs, It would be a great place to see the team finish in their new coach's first season.
OK, I know... a CNU loss to Maryville?....Didn't we beat Maryville pretty bad? True. We defeated Maryville 27-3, and after that game, Maryville was 0-4. Since then however, Maryville has gone 4-1, and is playing really good football. They lost to Shenandoah 28-21, and I believe they could be a strong test for the Captains.
Ferrum must win their game. If they were to lose to Averett, it would really play havoc with the final standings. A win by Ferrum assures them of second place in the conference, and makes it possible to be Co-Champions. A loss to Averett, and a win by Maryville, and Shenandoah leaves all three teams with two losses in the conference, and deadlocked for second place. This is not where Ferrum wants to finish. They are too good for that.
Just win Panthers. Send the Seniors out as winners, and the rest will take care of itself.