beats or bose headphones Huntingdon fends off Ferrum
Ferrum’s Jonathan Knox recovered the ball at the HC 49. But an official ruled that Ferrum’s Johnny White had illegally touched the ball at the FC 44, a yard short of the 10 yards that the ball was required to go before Ferrum could touch it. Huntingdon was awarded possession.
Grande threw his headset to the ground and was restrained by Ferrum receiver Nick Pearce. Grande yelled at an official and told him he was looking forward to watching the film.
“I felt like the ball had crossed the 45 yard line [without being touched],” Grande said later. “The side judge marked it and then the guy behind him threw a beanbag and said we touched it. To me, it looked like a clean onside.”
“We thought the guy touched the ball before it went 10 and the officials saw it that way as well,” he said.
Ferrum piled up 466 yards of total offense to the visitors’ 369, but Huntingdon took the lead for good late in the first quarter. The Hawks led 24 14 at halftime.
“We took too long to get going,” Ferrum quarterback Zack Clifford said.
Taylor was knocked out of Huntingdon’s Sept. 9 win over Birmingham Southern with a dislocated nonthrowing shoulder and missed the team’s win over North Carolina Wesleyan last weekend. He returned to action Saturday with his left shoulder in a brace.
Taylor completed 12 of 21 passes for 201 yards.
“We figured we’d get a lot of one on one matchups and exploit on a lot of those,” Taylor said.
Taylor found Chance Byrd all alone on the left sideline for a 34 yard TD pass to give the visitors the lead for good at 14 7 with 4:01 left in the first quarter.
Ferrum drove to the HC 30 on its next series, but Brian Mann was stopped for no gain on fourth and 1. Ferrum finished the game just 1 of 4 on fourth down.
Eight plays after Mann was foiled,
Josh Fields kicked a 22 yard field goal to extend the lead to 17 7.
Clifford found White on the right sideline for a 51 yard TD pass to cut the lead to 17 14 with 3:10 left in the second quarter.
But Taylor hooked up with Garrett Headley on a 24 yard TD pass to extend the lead to 24 14 with 25 seconds left before halftime.
“We just didn’t do our job in the first half,” Ferrum defensive lineman Montel Lee said. “We were trying to do too much.”
In the third quarter, Ferrum’s Kendall Bell picked off a Taylor pass at the FC 26. Five plays later, Clifford teamed with Pearce on a 53 yard TD pass to cut the deficit to 24 21.
On a drive that was kept alive by a Ferrum pass interference penalty, Taylor scored on a 9 yard run to extend the lead to 31 21 with 5:04 to go.
Later in the fourth quarter, Ferrum faced third and 20 from its own 34. Clifford threw a 23 yard pass to White at midfield. White then lateraled the ball to Dre Davis, who sprinted 24 yards to the HC 19 for a first down.
After Clifford threw a 14 yard pass to Davis, Martin scored on the 5 yard run to cut the lead to 31 28.
Clifford (Glenvar) completed 15 of 24 passes for 285 yards. White had six catches for 109 yards.
Mann (Giles) rushed for 157 yards and one TD on 25 carries before hurting his shoulder late in the game. In the first quarter, Mann had an 83 yard run up left sideline to set up his 5 yard TD run.
Grande and Turk said this series will not continue because their future schedules do not sync up for nonleague games. Ferrum wants to keep playing USA South rivals Averett,
Greensboro and Methodist as nonleague foes.