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Ferrum College receiver B.J. Jennings (18) makes a play for the Panthers during last year’s 48-24 USA South Athletic Conference victory over LaGrange (Ga.) College. (Staff Photo by Steven Marsh)
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
By STEVEN MARSH - Sports Editor
FERRUM -- The fact that LaGrange (Ga.) College's football team has experienced an in-season head coaching change is probably the least of Ferrum College sideline boss David Harper's worries this week.
Ferrum College (2-3 in the USA South Athletic Conference, 2-6 overall) begins a two-game, season-ending homestand this Saturday against LaGrange, now guided by Matt Mumme.
Mumme joined LaGrange's football coaching staff this summer as the offensive coordinator. Last Thursday, he was named head coach when Todd Mooney opted to step down from the post after eight years at the helm.
Mooney was named head coach when LaGrange added football to its intercollegiate athletic roster in 2006.
Last year was LaGrange's inaugural USA South campaign in all sports.
Mooney's record was 27-51.
LaGrange lost its first 20 games, but is 27-32 since then, including a 9-2 record in 2008 when it won St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) championship and qualified for the NCAA Division III playoffs.
Mumme, the son of former University of Kentucky head coach Hal Mumme for whom he played, made his debut as LaGrange's head coach Saturday at home in a 13-10 conference setback to Christopher Newport University (CNU).
Mumme, a former college quarterback, began his coaching career at Southeastern Louisiana University and has served as an assistant at New Mexico State, McMurry (Texas) University and Davidson (N.C.) College.
Davidson is a past coaching outpost of Harper's and Ferrum assistant Bob Brown.
Ferrum enters Saturday's contest having lost its last two games, both in conference play to league leader Maryville (Tenn.) College and North Carolina Wesleyan College and both on the road.
LaGrange favors the pass, thus Ferrum's secondary will be tested Saturday.
Against CNU, LaGrange ran 71 plays from scrimmage. Its ratio of pass plays to run plays was more than 2 to 1 (48 passes, 23 rushes).
LaGrange junior quarterback Graham Craig, who has broken several school and conference records this season, has passed for 3,024 yards and 28 touchdowns through eight games.
Craig, a transfer from reigning NCAA Division II national champion Valdosta (Ga.) State University, leads NCAA Division III and the USA South in passing yards.
Against the Captains, Craig was 34 of 48; he completed passes to eight receivers.
Craig has completed 62.5 percent of his passes this season.
But, he also leads the USA South in interceptions with 10, one ahead of Ferrum signal-caller Tim Reynolds.
As a team, LaGrange averages 378.6 yards passing-per-game.
Ferrum's defense has surrendered 2,389 yards passing -- an average of 298.6 yards-per-game -- this season and that unit only has four interceptions to its credit.
Ferrum won last year first football match-up between the two schools, 48-24.