Sunday, October 6, 2013

Panthers End Slide
Defeat Greensboro 31-21

Ferrum put a nice bow on the homecoming/centennial celebration, gaining their first win of the season 31-21. Tim Reynolds, and Tae Gilbert provided the main spark for the Panthers offense, and the defense played an improved and inspired brand of football frustrating the Pride most of the day.

Gilbert led the Ferrum ground attack with 30 carries for a total of 160 yards. Reynolds picked up 61 yards on 12 carries. Each had a rushing touchdown. Reynolds complimented the offensive display by completing 13 of 19 passes for 197 yards and two scores.

While the offense looked solid, the defense was where the largest strides were made. After giving up an average of  49.75 points per game, Ferrum's D stepped up in many ways. Only giving up 21 points, limiting the Greensboro rushing attack to less than 100 yards, providing a timely interception, and playing a consistent solid all around game.

In knowing that Ferrum sits just 1-4 overall, one may think that this season is lost, but I would beg to differ. Three of the four losses are non conference, and in the grand scheme of things are meaningless, as the conference title is what matters. The loss last week to Huntingdon, made the climb toward a conference championship much tougher. While Huntingdon and CNU are the two teams that were thought to have the best chance of winning the conference, CNU's loss  to Methodist, and Huntingdon playing out of conference, left three teams with undefeated conference records Maryville, LaGrange, and Huntingdon (1-0).

While it will take near perfection to win the conference, Ferrum cannot discount the fact that they are, for the moment in fifth place in the conference, but 24 hours ago, they were ninth. The Panthers need to take the next week to rest from the first half of the season, and prepare for their next game on the 19th vs. Averett. Enjoy the week off, but be ready to come out and win.

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