In what continues to be an unusual football season, Ferrum overcame two game location changes, a change of the date, and a first quarter deficit to go on to defeat the Greensboro Pride 31-20.
As field renovations at Ferrum continue, the homecoming game, that had originally been moved to Bassett H.S. had to be moved again as hurricane Joaquin, threatened the East Coast. Playing at Bassett H.S. would have likely been a huge detriment to the field, and I assume the decision was made to move the game to a nearby artificial surface field. William Flemming High School was chosen, but for some reason unknown to me, the game was played Friday night. Likely it was a weather related decision.
The game itself was filled with evidence that Ferrum is improving. Here are some interesting stats:
Ferrum held the ball for more than eleven minutes more than Greensboro.
Ferrum had 332 yards rushing ( two players had over one hundred yards each)
Montel Lee had 9 tackles.....five tackles resulting in a loss, one forced fumble, and three quarterback sacks. (My nominee for defensive player of the week in the USA South.)
There are also some things that concern me. Ferrum again committed too may fumbles. While fumbles happen more often in an option offense, Ferrum is committing way too many this season. In four games, Ferrum has fumbled 14 times, losing 9.
The defense is giving up an average of 271 passing yards to their opponent, and through four games, have allowed 14 passing touchdowns. Overall, through 4 games, Ferrum opponents are 63 of 104, with 14 touchdowns, and no interceptions.........NO INTERCEPTIONS!!!!! This has to change.
While I am glad to see a win, Greensboro is not looked at as one of the strongest teams in the conference, and certainly not an Emory and Henry, or a Hampden-Sydney. This being said, a win is a win, and I am sure Coach Harper and his staff is glad to get the win.
Keep pushing Panthers, you are getting your footing. The pass defense has to improve, and if it does, and we can cut down on the turnovers, the future will be brighter.