Hornet Preview: Methodist
Greetings From The Booth (and The Bus!)
This week is our annual week-long Camping For Hunger food drive as the staff of The River 95-3 lives and broadcasts aboard a hollowed out school bus in hopes of filling it up with food donations from the community. Once again, as I am every time we do this, I’m humbled by the power we have when we turn on a microphone and touch lives. I’ll say it again: we are as divisive a society as we’ve probably been since the late 60’s, but one thing we can all come together on is a
community-wide effort to feed our hungry. It’s a great example of what happens when we aspire to be the best version of ourselves.
Now, on to Shenandoah University football one more time. Because of the September hurricane, the Hornets get to play a football game this week, as they take on a former USA South foe, the Methodist Monarchs.
It’s a second chance, of sorts, for the seniors, who saw their Senior Day end in defeat last weekend in a 34-31 loss to Washington & Lee.
For seniors like Casey Stewart, Michael Davidson, Tyler Williams, and Bernie Hayes, emotions will be riding high as they put on the Shenandoah uniform one more time. The challenge will be to keep those emotions in check and focus on the game at hand.
With a win, the Hornets would finish 6-4, which would mean 4 consecutive non-losing seasons for SU, the longest such stretch in program history. Although it’s just one game in the W-L column, there’s a world of difference between 5-5 and 6-4. For the seniors, it’s a win in the final game they’ll ever play, and for the underclassmen, it’s much-needed momentum heading into the next season.
For me, this game isn’t about Methodist as much as it is about Shenandoah taking care of their own business. The Monarchs don’t score much (about 21 points per game) and they gain only about 320 total yards per game. They do have some team speed and are athletic on the defensive side of the ball. But as Coach Scott Yoder pointed out this week, the Hornets are turning the ball over way too much, and turnovers more than anything will keep an underdog in the game.
Ultimately, if the Hornets can keep their emotions in check and take care of the football, this game should result in a Shenandoah win. It’s a long trip to Winchester from Fayetteville, NC for a 4-5 Methodist team that can’t be very excited about the schlep up I-95.
I haven’t done much predicting this year, but I see a 38-21 win for SU, as the seniors go out on a winning note.
Have a great weekend, and as we move inside the Wilkins Center for the Winter…GO HORNETS!