For Ferrum, this was a night where the defense shined, and the offense did enough. For Averett, it was a night of almosts, and sheer frustration. I had a difficult time getting the broadcast to come through in the beginning, so when I finally got connected, Ferrum had just scored a safety, and led
2-0. The first half was a defensive battle as Averett definitely had their sights set on Brian Mann. Ferrum kicked off to Averett to open the game, and after each team had exchanged possessions, Ferrum punted to the Averett 2 yard line, and on the first play of this series, Ferrum;s defense collected it;s first safety of the season!
Averett kicked off to Ferrum, and Brian Mann returned it 23 yards to the Ferrum 47. After 6 plays Chase Deaton attempted a 26 yard field goal but it sailed wide left. Similar drives would continue throughout the first half, and Ferrum took a 2-0 lead into halftime.
At this point, Mann had just 48 yards on the ground, and while it seemed that Ferrum was doing OK, the offense had very little spark. The defense however was hitting on all eight cylinders. Averett offensively in the first half was stymied to say the least. They had 29 yards on the ground at the half.
In the second half, both defenses continued to dominate, but it was the Panthers that stole the show. Averett picked up 15 more yards in the second half on the ground. To be fair, Averett, passed much of the second half, and while Ferrum gave up 227 yards through the air, they did not give up a touchdown, and collected another interception. Chase Deaton accounted for 6 of Ferrum's 14 points, and Brian Mann collected his 14th touchdown of the season.
It was not the flashiest win of the year, but it was a win, against a much improved Averett team. Remember, Averett beat North Carolina Wesleyan on the road this year, 38-34. Ferrum plays that same North Carolina Wesleyan team this coming Saturday, at W.B. Adams Stadium. It is Senior Day, this game will decide the third place team, and it will be a very good game. Come out and support the Panthers!