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Panthers Top Shipbuilders 31-20 in Football

Senior WR Johnny White scored on Ferrum's opening drive.
Senior WR Johnny White scored on Ferrum's opening drive.


NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- Ferrum College picked up its first footbal win of the season with today's 31-20 non-conference road win at the Apprentice School. The teams had to endure a lightning delay and the game was eventually called with 4:26 remaining in regulation.

Ferrum (1-1)
Apprentice (1-1)

Ferrum scored 17 unanswered points in the second and third quarters combined to break open a 14-14 stalement, then held on for the win. Johnny White got the Panthers on the scoreboard first with a four-yard touchdown catch from Zack Clifford less than four minutes into the game. Jacobi Sapp hauled in a 63-yard catch from Terrence Sudberry at 10:09 of the first quarter. The two teams trades scored before the end of the quarter, Brian Mann with a one-yard run for the Panthers at 5:18 and Ethan Bryce with a six-yard TD catch from Sudberry at 1:49.

Chase Deaton split the uprights from 42 yards out to give Ferrum a 17-14 lead at 12:31 of the second quarter. Nick Pearce hauled in a nine-yard reception for a score with 25 seconds left before the end of the half and the Panthers led 24-0 at the break. Clifford scored an insurance touchdown with an eight-yard scamper at 2:50 of the third quarter. Loius Picolo closed out scoring with a 16-yard touchdown catch from Sudberry with 7:09 left in the fourth quarter.

Ferrum: Mann 18 carries, 140 yds, 1 TD; Clifford 16-25 passing, 123 yds, 2 TD, 0 int; Pearce 5 rec, 45 yds, TD; Deaton 1-2 FG, 42 long; Raekwon Giggetts 11 tackles
Apprentice: Fred Hendrieth 11 carries, 11 yds; Sudberry 13-22 passing, 193 yds, 3 TD, 1 int; Sapp 3 rec, 109 yds, TD; Chris Donofrio 8 tackles

"Glad to get the win on the road against a good Apprentice football team. A melodramatic ending with the game called due to weather, but you can never underestimate a win. Turning point came late in the second quarter when our defense made a 4th-down stop with the score 17-14, and our offense went the length of the field with just over two minutes before the half to extend our lead to 24-14." -- Head Coach Rob Grande

Coach Rob Grande's team will play at Averett University Saturday, Sept. 15. Kickoff for the non-conference game is slated for a 6:00 p.m. in Danville, Virginia.