While I was able to get to the game Saturday, the game itself seemed like a microcosm of the entire season. Relying more of a sense of hope, rather than facts gathered over the season, I predicted a Ferrum win.....Unfortunately, the Panthers ended the game on the wrong end of a lopsided score. The Panthers fell hard to the CNU Captains, 58-12.
There is not a lot to say about the game. Too many turnovers early gave the Captains a lead that they would not relinquish, and all the Ferrum fans could do was to bear the misery until the clock read all zeros.
For Ferrum, the ending of this season marked the end of what started out as a season that had a lot of question marks. A lot new faces this year meant a young team, and more often than not, young teams struggle. While I still thought there would be more success, it just did not materialize. So the question begs, what should we expect next year? In short, Ferrum fans, I have no idea. I do know this, Ferrum must do a careful review of all aspects of their season to make gains next year.
Ferrum will lose 14 players to graduation. Hardest hit will be the interior offensive line which will be a total turnover. (5) Other positions to fill will include 3 defensive linemen, 1linebacker, 3 running backs, 1 safety, and the punter/kicker. However it shakes out, I look for next season to be a better season, but to get there Ferrum has to begin the process of improvement right away. I doubt it will be an idle off season.