Nathan [Keller] is a solid defender and a potential All-America candidate, said Fitzgerald. His ability to make big plays on defense makes him a threat to our offensive scheme.
Webber International is looking to even its record to .500 against the Knights after having won its last four contests.
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For its final home game of the season on Senior Day, Southern Virginia will host familiar NAIA-foe Webber International on November 3 at 1 p.m. EDT at Robert E. Bobby Williams Field.
On the ensuing kickoff, Alfred State got on the board as Shawn Charles returned the ball 83 yards to the house to cut the deficit to 21-6.
LinebackerRobert Robbins(Glendale, Ariz.) and sophomore defensive backMatt Gregory(Staunton, Va.)who also finished with 1.5 tackles-for-losseach recorded a team-high eight tackles respectively.
Saturdays matchup between Southern Virginia (3-6) and Webber International (4-5) marks the fifth consecutive and total meeting between the two schools beginning in 2008, with the warriors taking all four matchups thus farincluding the Knights dropping last seasons game 63-6 on the road.
Kelly Scott begins his sixth season as the head football coach at Webber International and tenth season on the coaching staff since the Warriors inaugural season in 2002.
The highlight of the Knights second-quarter scoring drive came when senior tight endJeff Waldron(Costa Mesa, Calif.) made a behind-the-body 26-yard grab to the Alfred State 13-yard line for his lone catch of the game.
This Week: Webber International Scouting Report
Look for defensive linemen Jamael Autry and Keenan Costello to disrupt Southern Virginias offensive backfield recording 10 and five tackles-for-loss apiece respectively through the teams nine games so far.
Look for Mitch Choquette, Deonte Fielder, Corey Jackson and Kody SallisMims four primary targets this seasonto be contributors in Webber Internationals air strike.
Both teams were held scoreless until with 45 seconds left before halftime Southern Virginia freshman quarterbackAndy Jones(Salt Lake City, Utah), who finished 8-of-17 for 59 yards passing, hit senior wide receiverCameron Williams(Sacramento, Calif.) on a four-yard touchdown strike to give the Knights a 7-0 lead at intermission.
If we are to have any success on Saturday, we must stop and force our opponent to throw the ball, said Fitzgerald.
Scott brought the program to new heights quickly as he received the NAIA Independent Coach of the Year and SEAC Coach of the Year awards in his first year as head coach. He also led Webber International to its first winning season in school history, going 7-4 in 2010 on the way to its first NAIA Top-25 ranking.
Southern Virginias ten seniors that will be playing in their final home game as Knights are linebackerSteven Andreasen(Burley, Idaho), wide receiverDewayne Beamon(Eastern Wayne, N.C.), punterBrenton Estorffe(Mooloolaba, Australia), defensive linemanDylan Hall(Redding, Calif.), defensive linemanLuke Herndon(Mechanicsville, Va.), defensive linemanKyle Leslie(Tempe, Ariz.), kickerBrett Murray(Hollywood, Calif.), tight endJeff Waldron(Cost Mesa, Calif.), wide receiverCameron Williams(Sacramento, Calif.) and defensive backRobert Williams(St. Cloud, Fla.).
Opponent: Webber International Warriors
The Warriors rushing attack is led by running back Brendan DeShiel who has recorded a team-leading 383 yards on the ground with five touchdown runs. Also look for Larry Gaskins and Zach Day to contribute having gained 198 and 160 yards respectively.
Southern Virginia Head Coach DeLane Fitzgerald
Last Meeting: Nov. 5, 2011 at Webber International (L, 6-63)
After the Pioneers were forced to punt for the seventh time, Southern Virginia finished a 13-play, 47-yard drive that took off 7:02 late in the third quarter on Jones second touchdown pass of the game as he hit sophomore wide receiverMichael Kilstrom(Upper Arlington, Ohio) for four yards to extend the lead 14-0.
FreshmanFrank Taitano(Washington, D.C.) led the Knights rushing attack with 54 yards on 12 carries.
Webber International is well-coached and is always a tough opponent, said Fitzgerald. We expect nothing less than a hard-fought battle on Saturday with the team that makes the least mistakes winning the game.
Webber International Head Coach Kelly Scott
Scott brings with him 15 years of high school coaching experience in Indiana and Florida and one season at the University of South Carolina.
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Hall (Redding, Calif) took down Alfred States quarterbacks Joey Frendo and Colton Caldwell one time each to give him 9.5 sacks in nine games. After breaking the single-season sacks record last Saturday against Concordia-Selma, Hall now holds the programs career record with 13.5 sacks eclipsing Tommy Davidsons (2008-11) previous mark of 10.5.
Within the defensive backfield, senior defensive back Steven Willis ranks second on the team with 79 total tackles (50 solo, 29 assisted) and is tied for the lead with two interceptions.
The ten seniors this year have proven to be cornerstones of our football program and great leaders for this seasons team, said fourth-year Head Coach DeLane Fitzgerald. The game will be a great environment as we commemorate our seniors in their last home contest at Southern Virginia University.
Webber Internationals signal caller this season is sophomore Kentrall Mims who has completed 57.8% of his passes and has a team-high 404 passing yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions.
The Warriors defense is led by senior linebacker Nathan Keller who has recorded team-highs with 95 tackles (45 solo, 50 assisted), 14.5 tackles-for-loss and seven quarterback sacks.
DeLane Fitzgerald is in his fourth season as head football coach at Southern Virginia and is in his eleventh year of coaching collegiate football, making previous stops at his alma mater James Madison University (NCAA DI-FCS), the University of Tennessee at Martin (NCAA DI-FCS) and Bethel College (NAIA).
Fitzgerald became the winningest coach in Southern Virginia footballs nine-year history last season, passing Mike Smith who went 9-13 overall from 2007-08.
The offense is averaging 179.9 yards of total offense through nine games. The Warriors average 100-plus yards on the ground through so far, accounting for 60% of their offensive output.
Scott attended Manchester College where he played as a defensive back for three years before transferring to Indiana University where he received his bachelors degree at Indiana University.
After dropping the previous four road contests this season, the Southern Virginia University football team earned its first win away from home on Saturday defeating Alfred State College 21-6 behind a solid defensive performance.
In his three-plus years as Southern Virginias head coach, Fitzgerald has posted a 14-28 overall record, including back-to-back 4-7 season in 2010 and 2011.
The Knights picked off two passes from back-up quarterback Caldwell in the fourth quarter, including a 26-yard interception return by linebackerDakota Winsor(Richland, Wash.)who had six tackles with 1.5 tackles-for-lossto set up Southern Virginias final touchdown on an 11-yard scamper by sophomore wide receiverEthan Condiff(Spring, Texas) with 3:07 left in the game.