To write an article about a game with both teams called the Panthers is somewhat challenging. When however the Ferrum Panthers come out with the win, the task is much more enjoyable.
Yesterday, Ferrum had an outstanding game, in all phases as they cruised to a 48-24 dismantling of the LaGrange Panthers. It was one of those games where I was a bit nervous about the outcome. LaGrange had shown that they can play solid football, as they beat CNU earlier in the season, 20-6....only yielding two field goals to the Captains. The curious part about LaGrange, was that they had lost to Averett, and Methodist. The question was which LaGrange team would show up? As for Ferrum, they have shown consistent improvement as the season has gone on. They have developed into what I feel is the best team in the USA South, and I believe if they could get a "do over" with CNU, and Emory and Henry, those two teams would have a tough road beating Ferrum.
As for yesterday, Ferrum had a balanced attack, both through the air and on the ground. Over land, Ferrum ran for 216 yards on the ground, and two touchdowns.
Reynolds Wraps Up Team Season Passing Record
Quarterback Tim Reynolds set a new record for passing yards in a season. Tim was 13 of 22 with no interceptions and three passing touchdowns. On the day, Reynolds accumulated 264 passing yards giving him 1540 yards, eclipsing the record of Marcus Mayo. Look for his total to grow next week.
Lynwood "Picksixit" Frustrates LaGrange
With two blocked passes, 4 tackles, and a 31 yard interception return for a touchdown, Lynwood Pickett had a career day at the expense of the LaGrange offense.
What was most surprising was the acceleration as he took the ball to the end zone....I hear he may replace Brubaker at running back next year.
Tyler "Timex" Brubaker Takes a Lickin' but Keeps on Tickin'
If you are hit as hard as Tyler Brubaker was Saturday, everyone would understand if you walked in circles reciting the ingredients of a Big Mac. Brubaker, a Senior running back for Ferrum played tough all day long after not one but two hits that would have given most people a ride in the rescue squad.
I was amazed at his quick comebacks in each instance, and while he showed no ill effects yesterday, I wonder if Sunday morning he did not wonder if his last name should have been Bruisebaker. You rarely see someone get hit that hard twice in a game, because one of those hits are enough to get you out of your pads for the day, but Tyler must be pound for pound the toughest man on the Ferrum team...he continues to amaze me.
Adams, and T.O. Continue to Shine in the Defensive Show
Linebacker Jatavious Adams, had five tackles against LaGrange, to take his team leading total to 62 for the season. This Junior from Heathesville, Va. Has provided a steady performance, this season, and seems to have great defensive instincts. Interestingly enough, he was originally listed as a wide receiver for the Panthers his Freshman year.
Tarrell Owens captured his 7th interception of the year Saturday, leaving him three shy of tying the Ferrum record for single season interceptions, with one game to play. Owens, from Sterling, Va. is currently tied for fourth in the nation for interceptions.
Number 40's Number 11 Takes Him to Number 6
Punter Wesley Franklin, from Morganton, N.C. had another solid day of punting against LaGrange. Franklin, who had been ill for most of the week prior to the game, must have taken a BC powder, because he came back strong for Ferrum. He averaged 38.2 yards per punt Saturday, and while it was not his best day, it was good enough to cause LaGrange to have less than desirable field position most of the day, and to move him to 6th in the nation as a punter.
Ferrum looks to close out their regular season this Saturday when the Maryville Scots come to Ferrum. It is simple....If Ferrum wins, and Methodist defeats CNU, Ferrum is in the playoffs....stay tuned.