Saturday, November 8, 2014

Game Preview: Methodist @ Ferrum

Today is Senior Day at Ferrum. For the class of 2015 football players, this will mark the final game at W.B. Adams Stadium. This, for them will be special as family friends and fans congratulate them on 4 great years on the Ferrum gridiron.
While today will be full of reflection for many, others should think of today's game as a look to the future. Senior Tim Reynolds was injured last week, and is out for the remainder of the season. Quarterback Harvey Taylor will start today, and will likely be the starter going into next year. Today Ferrum will have a new field general, and hopefully a renewed outlook going into their last two games. The Panthers do not have an easy test in Methodist, but they are playing very well on defense, and if the offense can step it up, Ferrum could surprise the Monarchs.
Methodist comes into the game at 5-3 overall, just losing last week to Averett, 31-21. Today is another game that I think Ferrum can win. There are a few things that have to happen for the Panthers to be victorious, and they are:

1. Eliminate turnovers- There were 5 against Greensboro, and there have been 14 on the season.
2. The defense must keep the pedal to the metal. There will be a lot of passes, and you must be ready for that. Keep pressure on the quarterback, and play tight on the receivers.
3. Special teams have to play lights out, and execute on all phases of their game. I would not be surprised to see a kickoff or punt return taken all the way back by Ferrum.

This is a game that the average onlooker would put in the loss column for Ferrum. I am not so sure. If Ferrum can turn it up on offense, they can win. The main key is to control the ball, and make the possessions count.

Having a feeling that this could be a good day in Franklin County....

Ferrum 30
Methodist 17

In the rest of the conference,

CNU @ Maryville
NCW @ Greensboro
Averett @ Huntingdon

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