FERRUM, Virginia -- Ferrum College dropped an Old Dominion Athletic Conference football game to Shenandoah University 49-31 at W.B. Adams Stadium as they celebrated senior day.
Ferrum (3-5, 2-4 ODAC)
Shenandoah (5-3, 4-3 ODAC)
Shenandoah used a big return on the opening kickoff to get the scoring started early as Jack Massie was on the receiving end of a Chase Sonnenberg pass from three yards out to take a 7-0 lead. Ferrum would answer right back as Ryan Beidleman made a spectacular play in the back of the endzone, catching a 29-yard pass from Zack Clifford. The first quarter of play would end knotted up at seven apiece.
The second stanza would see the Panthers break the tie when Chris Baker hauled in a 12-yard Clifford pass just over three minutes in. The Hornets would answer right back when Casey Stewart found the back of the end zone from a Sonnenberg pass 21 yards out. Shenandoah would strike again with the long ball, as Brant Butler took a Sonnenbery pass 58 yards to the house to regain the lead at 21-14.
The Panthers would open the scoring again in the third quarter, as Brad Green split the uprights from 26 yards out to make it 21-17, but that is as close as the Panthers would get in this one. Butler would haul in his second 58-yard touchdown pass of the day. Samuel Adams would then punch one in from three yards out with just seconds left on the clock to make the Hornet advantage 35-17.
Stewart opened the last stanza with his second of three touchdown receptions, this one from 29 yards out just seconds into the quarter. Clifford did what he could to keep the Panthers in it as he broke the plane from a yard out. Shenandoah shut the door with an 11 play, 77 yard drive that ate up six minutes of clock and was capped off by a Stewart house call from 14 yards out. Ferrum College would add one in the waning seconds when Quentin Wallace blocked a punt and recovered it in the end zone.
The Panthers would outgain Shenandoah 492 to 467. Clifford would have a big day through the air for the Panthers, completing 18 of 34 passes for 250 yards and two scores as he added 77 yards on the ground an a touchdown of his own. Austin Pennington recorded 82 yards in the backfield and 68 yards in the air for Ferrum. Beidleman led the Panthers in the receiving department with 81 yards and a score, and Baker turned in his lone catch for a score as well. For Shenandoah, Sonnenberg made the most of his first career start, completing 21 of 27 attempts for 393 yards and six scores. Stewart and Butler both had big evenings receiving, notching 162 yards and 124 yards, respectively.
On defense, AJ Camp led the Panthers with eight tackles, six of them solo. Dustin Swaine was close behind with seven solo tackles and a forced fumble. Christian Johnson also recorded a forced fumble for the Panthers. For the Hornet's defense, it was the Bernie Hayes show, as he turned in 10 tackles to go along with an interception on the afternoon. Nate Hill would also pick a pass of for the Shenandoah defensive effort.
Coach Rob Grande's team will hit the road for their next affair as they travel to Hampden-Sydney to take on the Tigers in an ODAC match up. Game time is set for 1 p.m. Saturday, November 9.