In 2008, after the Emory and Henry game, I started this blog. It was born from frustration, after listening to a game on the internet that I thought Ferrum had a chance to win, but came up short. The final that day was E&H 26, Ferrum 21. It featured a strong come back by Ferrum, that in the end was not enough.
This Saturday will mark the 30th meeting between the schools in football, and it has been a while since Ferrum has beaten the Wasps. 2005, was the last win for Ferrum over E&H. That day Ferrum won 29-13. That was the third of three wins in a row over the regional rival.
So what about this weekend? Ferrum comes into this game with some solid, experienced players on both sides of the ball, and some very capable recruits, that I think will see a good amount of playing time.
Led by Tim Reynolds on offense, look for Ferrum to be successful moving the ball. The backfield will have Reynolds and Dominique Lesine who will both provide plenty of speed, but also look for Jaquan Martin to get some playing time. This freshman will likely see some action, and could be a boost to the offense. Through the air, WR Matthew Kennell will be a favorite target of Reynolds, as well as tight end Marzai Terrell.
On defense, Ferrum welcomes back Jatavious Adams at linebacker. I look for the linebacker corps to be strong, and could also be supplemented by a freshman Dorian Gonzalez. He should get some playing time. Adams will bring strong experience back to this group. Also look for the defensive backs to have Tarrell Owens back at Safety, along with Senior DB Anthony Orton.
Ferrum will face a young Emory and Henry squad under a new head coach, that has been picked to finish last in the ODAC. Do not let this fool you. This team will bring their "A" game, and try to keep the win streak alive for the Wasps. They will have a strong linebacker corps featuring all returning starters. Beyond that there are a couple of returning starters on both sides of the ball, but this is a young team.
If Ferrum can gel early, they may get back in the win column against this team. This is an important game, and although it is non conference, A win will provide a huge spark to a team trying to get itself back on track. Look for a close game, that could come down to the wire.
The rest of the conference-
Southern Virginia @ Methodist
Washington and Lee @ Averett
Berry @ Maryville
Huntingdon @ Louisiana College
Salisbury @ CNU
Stevenson @ NCW
Greensboro @ Guilford
LaGrange @ Birmingham Southern