FERRUM, Va. -- Chase Bailey's 35-yard field goal in overtime capped a 24-0 run and gave Averett University a 31-28 come-from-behind USA South football over Ferrum College this afternoon at W.B. Adams Stadium. Ferrum was playing its first game on campus this season now that the field turf project was completed.
Averett (2-6, 2-3 USA South), Ferrum (2-7, 2-4 USA South)
How It Happened
On Ferrum's first drive of the game, Jake Salisbury intercepted an errant Troy Helton pass and returned it to the Ferrum one yard line, where Ray Brown plunged in to give Averett a 7-0 lead less than two minutes into the game. The Panthers regrouped to score rushing touchdowns byJoseph Barton and D'Andre Cook and Ferrum led 14-7 at halftime. Helton and Harvey Taylor then scored rushing touchdowns in the third quarter and the Panthers led 28-7. Averett mounted a furious comeback, scoring three touchdowns; Travis Jones on a 14-yard run, Brenden Hughes on a 6-yard pass from Kelly Hall and Jones again on an 11-yard run. Ferrum had possession first in the overtime period, where Helton was picked off on third and eight. Hall then drove the Cougars to the Ferrum 15 yard line, setting up Bailey's game-winning kick.
Averett: Hall 21-27 passing, 275 yds, 1 TD, 1 int; Myles Bennett 8 rec, 115 yds, 1 TD; Dintae Gilbert 10 tackles; Salisbury 8 tackles, 1 int
Ferrum: Helton 26 rushes, 106 yds, 1 TD; Shy Smith 6 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 int
Senior Day '15
Prior to the game, a Senior Day ceremony was held to honor eight graduating Ferrum football players; Thomas Betts, Dillon Christian, Hunter Ferguson, Michael Hunter, Corbin King, Chris Rogers, Chris Shelton and Bryan Smith.
Next Up for Ferrum
Coach Dave Harper's team wil close out the season Saturday, Nov. 14, on the road against North Carolina Wesleyan College. The USA South game kicks off at 1:00 p.m. in Rocky Mount, North Carolina.