I am not sure where to start for this article. This was a game that held so much meaning, so much emotion, and winning would have given Ferrum a chance at the playoffs. The fact that it was Senior Day, and the knowledge that the Ferrum Seniors could be participating in their last game added even more drama to the day.
For me, I was destined to watch the game via the Internet broadcast. A broadcast that had it's share of rare technical glitches through the first three quarters, but seemed to straighten out in the last period.
In trying to sum this game up, I would say that from what I saw, Maryville made a study of the Ferrum offense and defense, and really controlled both sides of the ball. Ferrum had its bright spots, but overall, it was Maryville that shone the brightest.
There is not a lot to say. I do not look to lay blame on anyone, Ferrum has had a really good season, but they were not the best team on the field today. It will take time for Ferrum to get over this, for fans to get over this, and me to get over this, but when its all said and done, I say that Ferrum is building a playoff caliber program and that it is a process. A process that takes time. I know that Ferrum will lose a lot of Seniors, but they have a wealth of underclassmen that, if they will stay at Ferrum, and stay the course will be part of a very strong program in the years to come.
I know there will be naysayers, looking to blame the coaches. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but from where I sit, Ferrum has as good of a head coach as there is in the USA South, and if he stands behind his assistants, then that is good enough for me.
So the game is over, and the season is over too. I guess if CNU loses tonight to Methodist, then Ferrum CNU, and Maryville will be 5-2 in the conference and be co champions. CNU will still get the trip to the playoffs as they own the tie breaker over both teams. Go Monarchs...a co championship is better than no championship.
Lastly, I want to say a big thank you to the Internet broadcast crew of today's game. I was really glad to find out that you read the blog, and I really appreciate the mention of the blog during the broadcast. I did not expect that....I will work on more nicknames for next year.
Keep your heads up Panthers, your efforts and abilities will not soon be forgotten. Thanks Seniors for all you have done!