When Ferrum started the 2016 season, the win against Emory and Henry began an assault on the record books. Some real records, and some just unfortunate realities of the game. The win over the Wasps ended a ten game losing streak. From there things have just gotten better. While some records have been broken, ie: longest punt (Ferrum record), most sacks in a game,(Ferrum record), Yesterday ended a streak.of games without a shutout. In this case, it is measured in years. Until yesterday, Ferrum had not shut out an opponent in ten years. It was September of 2006 when the Panthers blanked Shenandoah.
While the first two games did not give me the greatest feeling about the defense, the last two games find the Ferrum D looking much better. Against the run, Ferrum's defense is ranked seventh in the nation. The pass defense, as far as passing yards per game, through 9/24 was ranked 222nd in the nation. I am sure this will improve this week, and going forward......but let's talk about yesterday.
I was not able to watch the game as I had to work. Unfortunately, I cannot find where the broadcast is even archived, so my review has to come from the statistics. I appears that the run defense was impenetrable as they only gave up 66 yards on 39 attempts.This averages to a 1.7 yards per carry given up yesterday.
Brian Mann again had an awesome day gaining 161 yards on 23 carries, and scoring three touchdowns. Harvey Taylor was 10 of 12 with one interception. Harvey had 88 yards passing.
Backup quarterback Tyler English entered the game, and put up good numbers as he was 6 of 9 for 65 yards, and had 10 carries for 50 yards and 1 touchdown.
Things are coming together , and Ferrum, while still needing to fix a few things, is looking good. Enjoy the win Panthers, great job!