The last non conference game of the season, finds Ferrum facing Hampden-Sydney. This will be just the third meeting ever between the two schools. H-S leads the series 2-0. For Ferrum to have a chance to get in the series win column, a few things have to happen. Before we start with that, let's look at the first two games of Hampden - Sydney. They opened the season against Averett, and the Cougars took care of business, defeating the Tigers 38-28. The next game saw them fall to a very good Christopher Newport University team, 45-27.
What is evident right away is that the Tigers like to pass the ball. They will put it up a lot. They conversely seem to have a hard time stopping the pass. This adds up to a potential high scoring game.
So for Ferrum to be on top in the end, here is what I see that the Panthers need to do.
1. Try to get on the board early, and try not to be in a position of playing catch up.
2. Ferrum will have to limit the yardage on H-S kickoff and punt returns.
3. The Panthers defense will have to fire on all cylinders. That means the D-line will have to continue the solid work they are doing, but the linebacker and secondary units must step up and make a statement.
4. The passing game for Ferrum will be important. This has been a problem for the H-S defense. If the passing game can come on strong, it will mean good things for Ferrum.
This is not an easy game for Ferrum, but it is not an impossible situation. The outcome may hinge on turnovers, and the ability to convert turnovers......It will be interesting.
Hampden Sydney 40