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PV alumnus Feggins making impact at Va. State
SoVaNow.com / October 23, 2013Virginia State University played one of the most exciting games in school history Saturday at Rogers Stadium to come away with a 47-44 overtime Homecoming victory over Bowie State University.
The win improved the Trojans to 6-1 overall and 5-0 in division play.
Geo Feggins, a former Park View High School football standout who starts at linebacker for VSU, contributed big time in the win. Feggins had four solo tackles and two assists on the day, broke up a critical pass play and hurried the QB on a second half pass attempt.
Feggins graduated from Park View earlier this year and was a major component in the Dragons’ best football season in school history, during 2012.
Locals will remember Feggins as a gentleman off the field and a total beast on the field. And according to his coaches at Virginia State, he still carries himself that way.
Now standing 6’1” and weighing in at 210 pounds, the South Hill native has certainly improved both his physique and mental toughness.
He has started five of the six games at the linebacker position and has complied some pretty significant numbers for a freshman.
Before the Bowie State game, Feggins had 22 solo tackles and three assists for a total of 25 takedowns. Two of the 25 tackles have been for losses. He also got a tackle for a loss on Saturday and has had an interception this season.
VSU head coach Latrell Scott said that when the university got Feggins, he didn’t realize what a great athlete and person the program had secured.
“We had no idea that Geo would be as talented as he is as a true freshman,” Scott said. “And to be 18-years old — he is going to be a really, really good football player at Virginia State.
“He’s got a rare opportunity to be a four year starter at Virginia State and we’re looking forward to him getting back healthy.”
Scott was referring to the cast Feggins has been wearing for a fracture related to his hand/wrist.
Right now the future for Feggins looks awesome, when talking either football or education. One can only hope things continue down that track.
Bowie State took the opening kickoff and started at its 29. VSU’s defense held them in check and BSU punted on a fourth and eight.
The Trojans returned the punt to their own 28. A 57-yard pass completion to Jaivon Smallwood got the ball to the BSU 15. After a run and an eight-yard gain on a pass, VSU was looking a third and one.
A 15-yard sack moved the ball back to the BSU 21. Following a time out, VSU went for the field goal and Shawn Hunt connected from 38-yards out and the 3-0 lead.
BSU started its next drive from the 13. After two downs, VSU’s Sean Smith intercepted a BSU pass at the 26. VSU moved the ball but an incomplete pass on third down led to a VSU punt.
The first quarter came to an end with VSU leading, 3-0 and in the midst of a drive.
VSU ran 16 plays before Jordan Anderson scored from the 3-yard line. The PAT was good and the score was 10-0, with 7:58 left in the third.
The visiting Bulldogs scored on their next series of plays after starting at their own 26. BSU worked the ball down to the Trojan 8 for a first-and-goal situation. A holding penalty was called and BSU ended up settling for a field goal to make the score 10-3, with 2:17 left in the second.
On the ensuing kickoff, VSU fumbled the ball and the Bulldogs recovered the ball in the end zone for the TD. The PAT was good to tie the score at 10 with 2:08 left in the second.
Virginia State was intercepted on its next drive, and BSU went on to score another field goal to make the game 13-10 going into halftime.
Each team had two series of downs before BSU struck again for a TD by Kenda Jefferson with 47 seconds left in the third, resulting in the 20-10 score.
VSU scored at the 9:04 mark of the fourth after starting the drive at the VSU 25. Quarterback Justin Thorpe was the man on this drive as he handled the ball on the run and through the air.
VSU scored when Thorpe ran in from 11 yards out. The PAT was good and VSU was within three at 20-17.
After some stellar defense by the Trojans, Bowie State punted on a fourth and eight. Six plays later VSU’s Jordan Anderson scored from first and goal at the two, with 4:47 remaining in the quarter to regain the lead at 24-20.
BSU came right back and mounted its own drive to score a TD. The PAT was good and BSU was back up 27-24, with 1:02 in the game.
VSU started its final drive in regulation at the VSU 29. With a little under three seconds to play, Hunt drilled a field goal from 39 yards out to tie the score at 27-27 and send the game into overtime.
VSU got the ball first and scored a TD and seven points. BSU followed and did the same. This scenario played out for one more series before BSU had to take a field goal.
VSU scored its final TD and the game winner on a 24-yard pass to Gene Holloman from Thorpe for the 47-44 victory.
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