Ferrum takes it final and shortest road trip of the season today as they travel to Danville to take on the Averett Cougars. Averett and Ferrum have, to me, turned out to be the surprise teams of the conference. Averett currently sits in third place in the conference, and Ferrum is just behind them in fourth.
Averett is coming off of a big win over N.C. Wesleyan, where they had 276 yards passing, and over 200 yards on the ground. This is a balanced team, and they have had a consistent approach in all phases of the game.
Notable games for the Cougars include:
A five point loss to Maryville.
A two point loss to Guilford
Averett is allowing 197 yards on the ground by opponents, and are allowing 217 yards through the air per game. Their offense is averaging 189 yards on the ground, and 241 through the air. Look for the Cougars to pass, and pass often. They will likely have more success against the Ferrum secondary, rather than on the ground.
Look for Ferrum to work to control the time of possession, and work Brian Mann with plenty of carries. Also look for Harvey Taylor to figure prominently into the running game.
If Ferrum can control the time of possession, limit turnovers, and especially minimize penalties, they can win.Look for this to be a nail biter, and it could be an over time game. It will be a tough game for Ferrum, but they can win it.