Panthers visit Washington and Lee for the first time, seek to stop two-game skid

Sophomore quarterback Titus Jones (No. 3) looks to make a play for the Panthers during the first half of last week’s 31-10 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) football loss to reigning conference champion and preseason title favorite Randolph-Macon College at W.B. Adams Stadium. Jones made his first career start in place of injured signal caller Zack Clifford, but Clifford is expected to return to the line-up Saturday when the Panthers travel to Lexington to play Washington and Lee University.

LEXINGTON — Ferrum College makes its first trip to Lexington to face Washington and Lee University in football during its NCAA Division III athletics era, which began in 1985, Saturday.

Kickoff is 4 p.m. at Wilson Field.

The Panthers seek to end a two-game losing streak and win a third Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) road game in its one-plus seasons of league competition. Last year, the Panthers won at Shenandoah University and at Randolph-Macon College.

Ferrum (0-1 in the ODAC, 1-2 overall) dropped its ODAC opener to the Yellow Jackets last week, 31-10.

Sophomore Titus Jones made his first start behind center in place of senior Zack Clifford, who suffered a concussion in non-conference setback to Averett University the week before. Clifford is expected to return to the line-up Saturday.

The Generals (2-0 in the ODAC, 3-1 overall) have won three straight games since theior 26-14 loss to Dickinson (Pennsylvania) College in their season opener on Sept. 7.

Washington and Lee has surpassed the 40-point mark in each of those triumphs — it scored 42 against Sewanee (Tennessee) the University of the South, 52 against Guilford (North Carolina) College and 43 against Hampden-Sydney College last week.

A year ago, the Generals made their W.B. Adams Stadium debut and edged the Panthers on homecoming when Jarrett Wright kicked a 31-yard field goal on the last play of the game for a 38-35 triumph.

Washington and Lee led by 14 points on two occasions in the first half (21-7 and 28-14) before Ferrum scored two touchdowns before intermission to equal the count.

The Generals broke the stalemate in the third quarter and maintained a seven-point edge until running back Brian Mann scored with 4:43 remaining.

The Panthers opted to go for the lead and Mann found the end zone from three yards for an apparent 2-point conversion. But the Panthers’ attempt was voided when they were assessed a penalty for having an ineligible receiver downfield.

Moments later, Ferrum settled for the tie after booting an extra point.

The Generals held possession of the football for 38:09 of the game’s 60 minutes and their triple-option attack generated 554 yards of offense.

Returning running back Josh Breece scored on a 65-yard run on the first play from scrimmage and rushed for a season-best 232 yards.

Ferrum gained 415 yards of offense with three TD runs accounting for 177 of those yards.

Clifford was 14 of 23 for 224 yards and two TDs and Mann gained 163 yards rushing on 18 totes. Defender A.J. Camp finished the contest with a game-best 13 tackles.

After Saturday, Ferrum has road games remaining against three conference foes: Bridgewater College (Oct. 19), Hampden-Sydney (Nov. 9) and Emory & Henry College (Nov. 16).

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