On a beautiful day for football, where pre -game ceremonies were set to recognize first responders, and to dedicate the colleges new press box, it turned out that these ancillary activities ended up being some of the main highlights at W.B. Adams Stadium. With the main attraction being the game against Shenandoah, the Panthers looked to rebound off of their one sided loss to Emory and Henry a week earlier..
As things got underway, Ferrum seemed to have things going their way, holding a 21-7 lead early. Soon the wheels came off. A blocked punt for a safety, a Shenandoah rushing attack that could not be stopped, and a myriad of penalties that gave the Hornets more fuel for their fire, set the stage for a disappointing 43-29 loss.
Tae Gilbert was the offensive spark plug for Ferrum with 136 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns. It was apparent that Tim Reynolds was looked at as being the key to shutting down the Ferrum offense. Gilbert did his part, but Reynolds was limited by the SU defense......and sometimes by his own receivers. Several passes that were catchable, were not.
The struggles were evident on both sides of the ball as the Ferrum defense gave up 472 yards, and 30 first downs. For the second game Ferrum has given up over 40 points.
There are obviously many things to work on, and the fact that there was some improvement noted this week is encouraging, but the next two games are against teams that I would say are better than the two opponents just faced....and they are both on the road.
There is reason for serious concern. I am sure the coaches will be looking at all aspects of the teams performance, and making necessary adjustments.