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Panthers Earn ODAC Football Win Over Southern Virginia

Ryan Beidleman hauls in a 15-yard scoring strike. (photo by Anthony Gray)
Ryan Beidleman hauls in a 15-yard scoring strike. (photo by Anthony Gray)

FERRUM, Va. -- Ferrum College built a 31-7 lead then hung on for a 31-28 Old Dominion Athletic Conference football win over Southern Virginia University this afternoon at W.B. Adams Stadium.

Ferrum (3-4, 2-3 ODAC)
So. Virginia (2-5, 1-5 ODAC)

Kevin Adams opened scoring for Southern Virginia when he hauled in a 23-yard scoring strike from David Pinkston less than four minutes into the game.

Dakota Crouse evened things when he scored on a 32-yard pass from Zack Clifford at 7:39 of the first quarter. Clifford then hit Tyler English from eight yards out for a touchdown early in the second, and the Panthers had their first lead at 14-7.

Brad Green split the uprights from 26 yards out at 4:08 of the second to push the lead to 17-7, then Ryan Beidleman hauled in a 15-yard scoring pass from Clifford just before halftime to make it a 24-7 game at the break. Beidleman scored his second touchdown of the day, this time on a two-yard run, to make it 31-7 at 13:12 of the third quarter.

Southern Virginia would not roll over, rallying for 21 points on McKendrick Johnson's five yard run, Akiva Wedge's two yard run and Adams' 8-yard reception from Pinkston to cut the score to 31-28 with 2:28 left in regulation.

Ferrum went three-and-out on the next possession and had to punt on fourth and nine from its own 14 yard line. Grayson Harvey boomed a 62-yard punt to give the Knights the ball at their own 24 yard line. After a penalty backed things up to the Southern Virginia 14 yard line, Roshun Patterson recorded his second interception of the afternoon with 20 seconds left to play, stymying the SVU rally.

Clifford closed the day 16-27 passing for 217 yards and three touchdowns. Pinkston was 17-32 passing for 236 yards and two touchdowns for the Knights, and added 89 yards on 11 carries. Patterson had a team-high nine tackles to go with his pair or interceptions, while Neil Davis had 10 tackles for Southern Virginia.

"Always good to win at home. We need to continue to improve this week to face Shenandoah on Senior Day. Turnovers always help in close games and it proved big today. Great to have a lot of kids contribute to the victory." --Head Coach Rob Grande

Coach Rob Grande's team will be back in action Saturday, November 2, at home against Shenandoah University. Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m., following a brief Senior Day ceremony.