FERRUM, VA -- Ferrum College opened its 2005 gridiron campaign with a 41-7 non-conference romp over visiting Guilford College this afternoon. The Panthers rolled up 412 yards in total offense, including 352 rushing yards.
Coach Dave Davis' team used an opportunistic defense, forcing five turnovers to counter a Quaker offense which totaled 339 yards but put just seven points on the board.
Ferrum opened the scoring with a 30-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Jermaine Pitts to junior tight end Chris Silk less than five minutes into the game. Sophomore kicker Matt Novak made the extra point to put Ferrum up 7-0.
Pitts found sophomore wide receiver Carlos Rubio for a 23-yard scoring strike as time expired in the first quarter. Novak's kick lifted the Panthers to a 14-0 lead.
Guilford could not move the ball on it's first possession of the second quarter, and junior defensive back David Coleman returned the ensuing punt 61 yards to the Quaker 20-yard-line. On Ferrum's first play, Pitts found senior running back Dustin Hamoy wide open in the flat and Hamoy raced in untouched from 20 yards out. Novak's PAT was good, and Ferrum led 21-0 at the 14:14 mark of the second quarter.
On Guilford's next possession, the Quakers faced fourth and three at Ferrum's 33-yard-line. Quarterback Josh Vogelbach's pass was intercepted by freshman defensive back Rashad Price. Ferrum started its drive on it's own 31-yard-line, quickly moved the ball downfield and capped a five-play, 69-yard drive when sophomore backup quarterback Lloyd Parker scampered 46 yards for the Panthers' fourth TD of the game. Novak was injured on the PAT, which sailed wide right, leaving Ferrum with a 27-0 lead at 11:25 of the second quarter.
Later in the quarter, senior running back Terrell Mulford took a quick pitch from Pitts, turned the corner and sprinted 87 yards down the right sideline for the final score of the half. Junior running back Jacob Hawkins replaced Novak at kicker and his successful PAT gave the Panthers a 34-0 lead.
After a scoreless third quarter, the two teams traded touchdowns in the fourth. Junior wide receiver Carlton Hughes made a spectacular catch of a 17-yard lob from Parker in the back of the end zone for Ferrum's final score. Hawkins put Ferrum up 41-0 with the PAT.
The Quakers finally got on the board when Vogelbach hit wide receiver Joe Joyner for a 2-yard scoring strike with 2:03 remaining in the game. Junior kicker Travis Frazier hit the extra point for the final 41-7 margin.
The Panther running attack was well-balanced, with nine players carrying the ball for an average of 7.1 yards per carry. Mulford led the Panthers with 97 yards and a score on three carries. Pitts was 4-8 passing for 76 yards, with three TDs and no interceptions. For the Quakers, Vogelbach was 22-42 for 268 yards. He passed for one touchdown and threw three interceptions.
Guilford (0-1) entertains non-conference Methodist in its home opener at 1 p.m., while the Ferrum (1-0) travels to Emory & Henry College next Saturday.