Sunday, November 2, 2014

Ferrum Drops Game at Greensboro19-17

In a game that I thought Ferrum would have won, the Panthers came up just short, falling to the Pride of Greensboro, 19-17. Overall, the Ferrum defense looked solid again as they held Greensboro to just 19 points and 140 yards rushing. Once again, it looked as if the Ferrum offense could move the ball at times, and then they seemed to falter. Harvey Taylor, started the game at quarterback. I had somewhat expected this as a disciplinary move after hearing rumor of an issue earlier in the week. Taylor was the leading ground gainer for the Panthers as he had 59 yards rushing. He left the game in the first half, apparently with an injury, and did not return.
In the overall big picture, you cannot turn the ball over 5 times, and expect to win. While field conditions seemed less than perfect, Greensboro had no turnovers. Reynolds who played most of the game at quarterback, threw three interceptions, and left the game late in the fourth quarter with an injury. It is not clear as to what the extent of the injury is, but the length of the injury time out gives me concern.
I have to give credit again to a great defensive effort. Freshman Raul Gonzalez led the Panthers D with 9 tackles. This unit, which over the last few years, had, in my opinion, not lived up to expectations, has really showed a lot of improvement this year. With 5 of the 11 defensive starters being freshmen, it paints a bright picture for Ferrum on the defensive side of the ball.
The question going forward is who will quarterback next week if Reynolds and Taylor cannot go? There are 4 other quarterbacks on the roster, and the most likely candidate would be Troy Helton. Helton took the final snap of the game, and ran the ball for 24 yards as time expired. This was the longest run of the night for Ferrum.
Ferrum hosts Methodist next week as this will be the final home game of the season. Methodist, I believed at the beginning of the season, had the potential to be in the mix for the championship, but things have not worked out for the Monarchs. They lost yesterday to Averett.
Next week will be Senior Day, and the last home game for Tim Reynolds, Anthony Orton, Tarrell Owens, Jatavious Adams, Breon Washington, DaVante Adams, Cody Jones, Brian Rubush, Matthew Kennell, and Brinnan Bradshaw. Ten players that have given a lot to this team, and I am hopeful they can close out their last home game with a win.

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