SU-W&L Football Preview: Thank You Seniors!
Greetings from The Booth!
Well, football is starting to wind down as we get ready to retreat to the warmth of the Wilkins Center for Hornet Basketball. There is still business to take care of at Shentel, though, with this week’s ODAC finale with Washington & Lee, and the rescheduled season-ending game with Methodist on the 23rd.
The Hornets have a real shot at a 7-3 season, but as they say, you can’t go 7-3 without being 6-3, and this weekend’s game with the Generals is a coin flip, in my humble opinion.
The 2 teams are similar on paper with 4-3 conference records, but on the field couldn’t be more different. W&L’s modus operandi, as always, is running the football. The Generals rush for 312 yards per game and have 5 backs with at least 330 yards rushing this season. At the top of that list is Josh Breece, who burned the Hornets for 280 yards on the ground in 2017, when W&L celebrated an ODAC title on the Sprint Field. That’s an image that hopefully will be burned into the minds of the Hornets who remain from that team. The league championship trophy was in the press box that afternoon, and an SU win would have given us the ODAC crown. So close, but yet so far…
But I digress. The Hornets are primarily a passing team, to the tune of 323 yards per game. SU has used 3 different QB’s this season, and all have had some measure of success. The latest is freshman Chris Sonnenberg, who got his first start against Ferrum 2 weeks ago. All he did against the Panthers was complete 21 of 27 for 393 yards and 6 touchdown passes. In two weeks, the youngster has thrown for 733 yards and 8 TD tosses. It will be interesting to see how he does this week against a Generals defense that has recorded 27 sacks this year.
It’s also Senior Day, always a special day, but kind of strange this year. The Hornets will actually have one more home game next week, a rescheduled September contest against Methodist. Nonetheless, it will be an emotional day for the upperclassmen who pass the torch and show the underclassmen “The Shenandoah Way.”
So, we take this time to thank Mario Wisdom, Nate Hill, Tom Rahme, Casey Stewart, TJ Heflin, Kyle Dexter, Bernie Hayes III, Tyler Williams, Randy Oliver, Michael Davidson, Daniel Small, and Carder Yurgaitis. We wish them well in their future endeavors, and in the final 2 games of their football careers. Most have been a part of the best 4-year stretch in program history, and it’s been a pleasure calling their names and numbers each Saturday.
Until next visit from the Booth, Thanks Seniors, and GO HORNETS!