Saturday, October 15, 2016

Maryville @ Ferrum

For only the second time this season, Ferrum will play at W.B.Adams stadium, hosting USA South leading Maryville. The Scots come to Ferrum after a big win last week over North Carolina Wesleyan. Ferrum will be trying to recover from a road loss at Huntingdon.

In short, this will not be an easy task. Maryville is a pass heavy offense, and can score quick. If they cannot make it work through the air, they can move it on the ground. This will be a very similar team to Huntingdon, and while I am hopeful Ferrum can show well, I think this will be an uphill climb.

For Ferrum to win, they must do most everything right. This includes emphatically controlling the line of scrimmage....on both sides of the ball This includes harassing the quarterback when there is a passing situation. This includes continuing to present a strong running game, but it also means that the passing game still needs to expand and improve. This includes limiting penalties.

Things You May Not Know

Ferrum is averaging 85.8 yards per penalties.
Brian Mann leads the conference in rushing. He is averaging 155.4 ypg.
Ferrum has fumbled 6 times this year, but only lost one fumble.
Ferrum  has scored 24 touchdowns this year.
Ferrum's rushing defense is ranked #1 in the conference, and 42nd in the nation.
Ferrum's rushing offense is ranked 2nd in the conference, and 27th in the nation.

Ferrum is an improving team, but to be the best you have to beat the best. This game will give Ferrum that chance. A win today keeps the Panthers in the conference race. A loss will make a conference title nearly impossible. Coming back home will be important, but it's fall break so the students will not be there. It will be a tough test, but it is possible to win.

Maryville  27
Ferrum 21

The rest of the conference

Greensboro @ Averett

LaGrange @ Huntingdon

Hurricane Matthew still affecting the Monarchs. Methodist, for the second week in a row, will postpone their game. According to the Monarchs athletic website, they have petitioned the NCAA to make up one of the two lost games. No decision has been made regarding potentially making up the game.

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