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Football Closes with Loss at E&H

Ryan Beidleman
Ryan Beidleman

EMORY, Va. -- Ferrum College dropped an Old Dominion Athletic Conference football game to close out the 2019 season, falling 59-36 this afternoon to Emory & Henry College at Fred Selfe Stadium.

Emory & Henry (7-3, 6-2 ODAC)
Ferrum (4-6, 3-5 ODAC)

Emory & Henry jumped out to a 28-0 lead and never looked back. Ryan Beidleman got the Panthers on the scoreboard when he hauled in a 75 yard touchdown pass from Zack Clifford at 4:50 of the second quarter to trim the score to 28-8.

Grayson Overstreet scored the first of his two touchdowns for the Wasps on a 67-yard run less than a minute later. Ferrum's Taylor Brown then returned a Wasp fumble 48 yards for a score just before halftime to make it a 35-15 game at the break.

Emory & Henry never took its foot off the gas after halftime, scoring on a 44-yard touchdown pass, a two-yard blocked punt return and a 44-yard field goal to extend the lead to 52-15 by the end of the third quarter.

Clifford scored on a three-yard touchdown run for the Panthers four minutes into the fourth quarter, then Quentin Wallace hauled in an 18-yard scoring strike from Clifford two minutes later to trim the lead to 52-29.

Overstreet again found the end zone, this time from 19 yards out, then Brian Mann closed out his record-setting career for the Panthers with a one-yard touchdown run for the final count.

Overstreet closed the game with for 322 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 34 rushes. Hunter Taylor was 15-29 passing for 225 yards and four touchdowns for the Wasps, while Gunner Griffith had six catches for 126 yards and two scores.

Clifford was 9-31 passing for 181 yards and a pair of touchdowns for the Panthers. Taylor Brown had 11 tackles and a pair of fumble recoveries for Ferrum, including his 48-yard touchdown return.

The Panthers closed out their second season in the ODAC. Coach Rob Grande's team will graduate 19 players in May, with over 80 players eligible to return for the 2020 season.