In a rare defensive struggle, Ferrum found itself in a heck of a ballgame today but was unable to pull out a win as they fell to LaGrange 10-3. Going into the 4th quarter, Ferrum and LaGrange remained in a 3-3 tie. LaGrange had an opportunity to break the tie, but missed a field goal. Later LaGrange was driving inside the Ferrum 10 when they fumbled, and Ferrum recovered, but both times were unable to capitalize.
Again Ferrum gave ground on defense, and LaGrange had the ball deep in FC territory. A well thrown pass to the corner was caught by the LaGrange receiver for the game winning touchdown. Ferrum would have another chance to get to the end zone, but it was not to be as Ferrum had a Hail Mary intercepted to end the game.
The home standing Panthers should be very proud of their effort. The defense played very well. The pass defense was the best it has been all season. Holding this team to 10 points was a huge accomplishment. The main difference, as I saw it was the mismatch between the Ferrum O-line, and the LaGrange D-line. Reynolds had pressure for much of the day, and while there were moments that the Ferrum offense moved the ball, it was inconsistent. This was as a result of the LaGrange defense rather than the Ferrum offense. Just not big enough horses up front.
Ferrum will close the season out next week at home against CNU. This game today gives me hope for the final game of the season. CNU only defeated LaGrange 13-10. Keep your heads up boys...a win next week would go a long way toward easing the pain of this season.