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2014 SoCon Week 13 Recap

The 2014 regular season concluded on Saturday with the Chattanooga Mocs cementing their place atop the final Southern Conference Standings with a road win at Furman. Samford and Western Carolina stepped out of the conference and represented the SoCon well against SEC foes while Wofford and Citadel wrapped up the season with SoCon wins to solidify themselves in the 4th and 5th position. Chattanooga will represent the conference in the upcoming FCS playoffs receiving a bye in the first round before hosting the winner of Eastern Kentucky and Indiana State on December 6th.

Players of the Week

Offense: Jr. QB Jacob Huesman (UTC): 360 total yards, 4 TD

Others: RB Lorenzo Long (Wofford)

Defense:So. DB Malik Diggs (Citadel): 9 tackles, 2 fumble recoveries

Others: DE Gary Wilkins (Furman), DB James Bradberry (Samford), DL John Washington (VMI)

Special Teams: Fr. WR Chandler Curtis (Mercer): 163 Return yards

Others: RB Richardre Bagley (UTC)

Freshman: RB Isiah Smith (Citadel): 134 rushing yards, TD

Others: WR Chandler Curtis (Mercer), QB Al Cobb (VMI)

SoCon Week 7 Recap

Wofford 34, Mercer 6 – Box Score

Woffod dominated this game from the start finding the end zone on their first 4 possessions to take a 27-0 lead to halftime. The Terriers’ rushing game was in full control totaling 374 yards on the ground including 105 yards and 4 touchdowns by sophomore Lorenzo Long. Equally impressive was the Wofford defense which completely shutdown the Bears allowing 151 yards on just 3 yards per play. This is a fantastic way to finish the season in which is even more notable given that Coach Ayers will return 20/22 of today’s starters next season. Mercer finishes the season at 6-6, but returns their entire roster next season along with a promising recruiting class. The future is bright for both of these programs as they turn their attention to 2015.

Wofford Top Performers

So. RB Lorenzo Long – 105 rushing yards, 4 TD; 43 return yards
Jr. QB Michael Weimer – 2-4 23 yards; 95 rushing yards, TD
Sr. LB Kevin Thomas – 6 tackles
So. DB Jaleel Green – 3 tackles, 1 for loss, 1 Int.
Jr. RB Will Gay – 50 rushing yards
Jr. RB Octavius Harden – 47 rushing yards

Mercer Top Performers

So. DB Zach Jackson – 9 tackles, 1 Int.
Fr. WR Chandler Curtis – 190 total yards
Fr. DE Kyle Williams – 9 tackles
Fr. RB Tee Mitchell – 46 rushing yards; 3 recs. 24 yards
So. LB Tripp Patterson – 7 tackles
So. LB Tyler Ward – 6 tackles
So. LB Corey Lockett – 4 tackles, 1 Int.
So. DB Lendell Arnold – 5 tackles, 1 for loss

The Citadel 45, VMI 25 – Box Score

The Bulldogs retain the Silver Shako trophy with a win in the Military Classic of the South. Citadel jumped out to a 21-0 lead behind a great first half by senior QB Aaron Miller finding the end zone on the ground and through the air. However the Keydets didn’t go away, scoring a pair of TD’s in the 2nd quarter to pull within 8 with Citadel tacking on a FG late to take a 24-13 lead into the half. VMI scored early in the 2nd half to pull within 5, but the Bulldogs scored 3 TD’s to finish the 3rd quarter with a commanding 45-19 lead. The Citadel won 3 of their final 4 to carry momentum into the off season while the question in Lexington will be whether Head Coach Sparky Woods is retained.

Citadel Top Performers

So. DB Malik Diggs – 9 tackles, 2 fumble recoveries
Fr. RB Isiah Smith – 134 rushing yards, TD
Sr. QB Aaron Miller – 3-7 91 yards, TD; 38 rushing yards, TD
Sr. RB Jake Stenson – 120 rushing yards, TD
Sr. RB Carl Williams – 8 tackles
So. LB Tevin Floyd – 5 tackles, 1.5 for loss
So. DL Joe Crochet – 4 tackles, 2 forced fumbles
So. RB Tyler Renew – 54 yards rushing, TD
Sr. DB Walker Williams – 7 tackles
Fr. DB DeVonta Delaney – 6 tackles
Jr. WR Alex Glover – 1 rec. 32 yards, TD
Fr. RB Reggie Williams – 21 rushing yards, TD

VMI Top Performers

Sr. DL John Washington – 13 tackles, 1.5 for loss, sack
So. DL Joe Nelson – 10 tackles, 2 for loss, sack
Fr. QB Al Cobb – 27-43 396, 2 TD; 26 rushing yards
Fr. LB Allen Cratsenberg – 11 tackles
Jr. DB Alex James – 9 tackles, 1 for loss
Sr. LB Miller Williams – 8 tackles, 1 sack
Sr. LB Logan Staib – 10 tackles
Sr. RB Deon Watts – 52 rushing yards, 2 TD; 7 recs. 52 yards
So. WR Aaron Sanders – 7 recs. 165 yards, TD
So. WR Dane Forlines – 3 recs. 56 yards, TD
So. DB Alijah Robinson – 7 tackles
Sr. WR Doug Burton – 4 recs. 44 yards
Fr. DB Ryan Francis – 6 tackles

Chattanooga 45, Furman 19 – Box Score

The Mocs complete the undefeated SoCon season for the first time in school history with a road win at Furman. The teams exchanged TD’s in the 1st quarter, but Chattanooga scored 17 unanswered in the 2nd quarter taking a 24-7 lead into the half. The Mocs continued their offensive onslaught in 2nd half with the Paladins adding a couple of scores as well, but never having an opportunity to get close enough to put pressure on UTC. Furman will now hope to get healthy heading into spring practice after a disappointing season, while the Mocs await their draw in the FCS Playoffs.

Chattanooga Top Performers

Jr. QB Jacob Huesman – 17-23 257 yards, 2 TD; 103 rushing yards, 2 TD
Sr. RB Keon Williams – 97 rushing yards, 2 TD
Sr. LB Muhasibi Wakeel – 10 tackles
Sr. WR Tommy Hudson – 4 recs. 84 yards
Sr. TE Faysal Shafaat – 3 recs. 32 yards, TD
Fr. DB Lucas Webb – 6 tackles, 1 for loss
Fr. DB Trevor Wright – 7 tackles
Fr. WR Alphonso Stewart – 5 recs. 63 yards
So. LB Nakevion Leslie – 6 tackles

Furman Top Performers

Sr. DE Gary Wilkins – 7 tackles, 3 for loss
Sr. LB Marcus McMorris – 8 tackles, 1.5 for loss, 1 FF, 1 FR
Sr. RB Hank McCloud – 59 rushing yards, 2 TD
Fr. QB PJ Blazejowski – 14-24 127 yards; 67 rushing yards, TD
Jr. WR Jordan Snellings – 6 recs. 80 yards
So. WR Andrej Suttles – 5 recs. 65 yards
So. DB Trey Robinson – 9 tackles
So. LB TJ Warren – 7 tackles
So. LB Byron Johnson – 6 tackles, 1 for loss

Next Game

Chattanooga: FCS Playoffs TBD

Alabama 48, Western Carolina 14 – Box Score

The Cats had eyebrows raising all over the country with a pair of 1st half TD’s leaving them within a FG of Alabama at 17-14. Reality set it in, however, as the Crimson Tide quickly stretched the lead to 24 by halftime and added 10 3rd quarter points for the final margin. As you might expect, the difference was on the lines with Bama rushing for over 6 yards per carry and the Cats totally shutdown (-8 rushing yards) making Western completely one dimensional. Even so, Catamount fans have to be eagerly awaiting next season after improving from 1 conference win in 2013 to 5-2 this season and a strong nucleus returning in 2015.

Western Carolina Top Performers

So. WR Spearman Robinson – 5 recs. 45 yards, 2 TD
So. DB Trey Morgan – 10 tackles, 1 Int.
Sr. LB Christon Gill – 10 tackles, 1 for loss
Jr. QB Troy Mitchell – 23-39 221 yards, 2 TD
Jr. WR Karnorris Benson – 9 recs. 118 yards
So. DB Fred Payne – 9 tackles
Jr. DB Terrance Green – 6 tackles, 1 for loss
Fr. LB Daniel Riddle – 6 tackles
Jr. DE Caleb Hawkins – 5 tackles, 1 for loss

Auburn 31, Samford 7 – Box Score

Auburn averages 476 yards total offense per game playing in the SEC, Samford held the Tigers 386 total yards. The Bulldogs actually took a 7-0 lead into the 2nd quarter, but the Tigers took control leading 17-7 at the half. Samford’s defense continued to impress allowing just 14 points in the 2nd half keeping Auburn’s starters in the game till the end. The Bulldogs weren’t able to muster enough offense to really challenge for the win, but this could have been a much closer game as Samford had 2 failed red zone visits and another trip into Auburn territory which ended in an interception. I believe this team should be in the playoffs, but their scheduling of two FBS opponents and two non-D1 opponents left them little room for error to become eligible. The schedule effectively gave this team only 7 FCS games and virtually no shot to qualify for the playoffs. The Samford athletic department owes their athletes more than D2 wins and money games outside the conference.

Samford Top Performers

Jr. DB James Bradberry – 5 tackles, 2 for loss, 1 Int.
Jr. DB Trey Wesley – 9 tackles, 1 FF
So. DB Jamerson Blount – 9 tackles
Sr. DE Brandon Wilkinson – 5 tackles, 2 for loss, 1 sack
Sr. DE Brinson Porter – 5 tackles, 1.5 for loss, 1 sack
Jr. LB Justin Cooper – 7 tackles, 1 sack
So. WR Karel Hamilton – 5 recs. 67 yards
So. LB Tonne Osaigbovo – 6 tackles
Jr. LB Josh Killett – 6 tackles
Jr. TE Tony Philpot – 1 rec. 7 yards, TD

Final Southern Conference Standings

SoCon Overall Power
Chattanooga 7-0 9-3 1
Samford 5-2 7-4 2
Western Carolina 5-2 7-5 3
Wofford 4-3 6-5 4
The Citadel 3-4 5-7 5
Furman 2-5 3-9 6
Mercer 1-6 6-6 7
Virginia Military 1-6 2-10 8
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Aaron Miller Citadel

2014 SoCon Week 13 Preview

The Citadel at VMI, 1:30

The Military Classic of the South is once again a Southern Conference game with the Bulldogs visiting Lexington, VA. The Citadel has won the last 7 meetings dating back to 2003 including a 31-10 victory last season in Charleston. The Bulldogs have the overall talent advantage but the Keydets are playing at home and have already snapped a long losing streak to Furman. Regardless of the outcome, it is always exciting when these two fan bases get together.

SoCon Recruiting Prediction: The Citadel 34, VMI 20

Mercer at Wofford, 1:30

The Terriers and Bears are each playing for an overall winning record with Wofford also vying to finish above .500 in the SoCon. On the field this is an extremely interesting match up as Mercer boasts 1 of only 2 1,000 yard rushers in the conference in freshman RB Alex Lakes, but the Terriers have the best rushing defense in the SoCon. If Wofford can force Mercer to be one dimensional by shutting down the run, they will have a chance to finish 6-5. On the other side Mercer struggled in the first half against Citadel’s option attack, but made adjustments in the 2nd half nearly pulling out the win. I think we will see a fairly even game which will be decided by which offense can avoid turnovers.

SoCon Recruiting Prediction: Wofford 27, Mercer 20

Chattanooga at Furman, 3:30 pm

The Mocs have clinched the conference title and a trip to the playoffs, but need the win to solidify their chances of a first round bye and a second round home game. Furman is limping to the finish line, but did break an 8-game losing streak last week against nearby rival Wofford. Chattanooga seems to be clicking on all cylinders with great line play on both sides of the ball. The Paladins have struggled to run the ball and I expect UTC will bring the house against true freshman QB PJ Blazejowski and force him into turnovers. The Mocs certainly should win, but can’t afford to take Furman lightly on the road,

SoCon Recruiting Prediction: Chattanooga 38, Furman 13

Western Carolina at Alabama, 4 pm

The Catamounts finished the SoCon schedule on a high note knocking off VMI to finish 5-2 in the conference. Western wraps up a terrific 2014 with a money game at 9-1 Alabama. The Tide traditionally do not “run up” the score on FCS foes usually landing in the 41-0, 45-7 range. I will be interested in seeing how the Cats’ receivers fare against SEC corners after exceptional conference seasons. Alabama will certainly rest some guys heading into their regular season finale with rival Auburn, but it would be un-Saban-like to have a let down in November.

SoCon Recruiting Prediction: Alabama 38, Western Carolina 10

Samford at Auburn, 7 pm

Samford is in a similar position as Western Carolina having finished conference play at 5-2 making the two hour drive south to face SEC foe Auburn. The Tigers have underperformed to their standards this season, but are still loaded with speed and talent. Likewise, they will surely rest many of their key players, but I think their up tempo approach will offer a unique to challenge to a very capable Bulldogs’ defense.

SoCon Recruiting Prediction: Auburn 48, Samford 17
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UTC Jacob Huesman

2014 SoCon Week 12 Recap

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Players of the Week

Offense: Jr. QB Troy Mitchell (Western Carolina): 32-42 339 yards, 5 TD; 109 rushing yards, TD

Others: QB PJ Blazejowski (Furman), WR Karnorris Benson (WCU), QB Jacob Huesman (UTC), RB Alex Lakes (Mercer)

Defense: Sr. DE Gary Wilkins (Furman): 9 tackles, 4 for loss, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble

Others: LB Justin Cooper (Samford), LB Allen Cratsenberg (VMI), LB Terrance Morris (Wofford)

Special Teams: Fr. PK JC Hollingsworth (Furman): 1/1 FG, 4/4 XP
Freshman: QB PJ Blazejowski (Furman): 15-15 305 yards, 3 total TD

Others: RB Alex Lakes (Mercer), LB Allen Cratsenberg (VMI), Omari Williams (Samford), LB Terrance Morris (Wofford)

SoCon Week 12 Recap

Furman 31, Wofford 14 – Box Score

Furman began the season with a terrific defense, but a struggling offense. Of late, the offense has improved but the defense has struggled. On Saturday against rival Wofford, the Paladins put it all together for the first time this season for a strong 31-14 victory. Furman jumped out to a 10-0 lead, but the Terriers answered back to take a 14-10 lead. The Paladins responded to take a 17-14 lead into the half then added a pair of scores in the 2nd half for the final margin. The overall story of this game is the 100% completion percentage by Furman’s freshman QB PJ Blazejowski. The Paladins will wrap up a disappointing season next week hosting Chattanooga while the Terriers host SoCon newcomer Mercer in their 2014 finale.

Furman Top Performers

Fr. QB PJ Blazejowski – 15-15 305 yards, 3 total TD
Sr. DE Gary Wilkins – 9 tackles, 4 for loss, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble
Jr. WR Jordan Snellings – 4 recs. 118 yards, TD
So. WR Andrej Suttles – 3 recs. 103 yards, TD
So. LB Byron Johnson – 8 tackles
Jr. LB Cory Magwood – 8 tackles
Sr. RB Hank McCloud – 59 rushing yards, TD; 3 recs. 22 yards
Fr. PK JC Hollingsworth – 1/1 FG, 4/4 XP
So. DB Nick Miller – 7 tackles, 1 fumble recovery

Wofford Top Performers

So. RB Lorenzo Long – 55 rushing yards, 2 TD
Fr. LB Terrance Morris – 8 tackles, 2.5 for loss, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble
Jr. RB Ray Smith – 130 rushing yards
Sr. LB Kevin Thomas – 8 tackles, 1 forced fumble
Fr. DL Tyler Vaughn – 5 tackles, 2 sacks
Fr. LB Michael Roach – 5 tackles, 1.5 for loss, 1 sack
Jr. RB Will Gay – 46 rushing yards
Fr. RB Chase Nelson – 40 rushing yards

Next Games

Nov. 22: Mercer at Wofford, 1:30 pm
Nov. 22: Chattanooga at Furman, 3:30 pm

Samford 20, The Citadel 17 – Box Score

Samford knocked off The Citadel on the road with a late TD by Denzel Williams. With his team trailing by 4 with under 2 minutes to play, Samford QB Michael Eubank converted a 4th and 10 from his own 43 with a big completion to sophomore wideout Karel Hamilton. The winning score came two plays later leaving Citadel with virtually no time to respond. Samford ends SoCon play with a 5-2 record and will finish the season next week at Auburn while The Citadel will finish the season against newly returned SoCon rival VMI.

Samford Top Performers

Jr. LB Justin Cooper – 17 tackles
Jr. QB Michael Eubank – 18-28 228 yards, TD; 12 rushing yards
Fr. DB Omari Williams – 13 tackles, 1 forced fumble
So. RB Denzel Williams – 88 rushing yards, TD; 4 recs. 26 yards
Fr. LB Shaheed Salmon – 9 tackles, 1.5 for loss
Jr. TE Tony Philpot – 4 recs. 72 yards, TD
Jr. LB Josh Killett – 8 tackles
So. WR Karel Hamilton – 5 recs. 71 yards
Fr. RB Krondis Larry – 18 rushing yards, TD

Citadel Top Performers

Sr. QB Aaron Miller – 5-12 60 yards; 126 rushing yards, 2 TD
So. FB Tyler Renew – 102 rushing yards
Sr. DB Walker Smith – 11 tackles
Sr. RB Jake Stenson – 55 rushing yards; 2 recs. 24 yards
So. LB Tevin Floyd – 6 tackles
So. DB Malik Diggs – 6 tackles

Next Games

Nov. 22: Citadel at VMI, 1:30 pm
Nov. 22: Samford at Auburn, 7 pm

Western Carolina 42, VMI 27 – Box Score

The Cats and Keydets combined for 56 first downs and over 1,100 yards total offense. Western jumped out to a 21-0 lead before VMI fought back to within 28-20 late in the 3rd quarter, but the Cats answered to push the lead back to 15. The Keydets pulled within 8 once again, but could not get the defensive stop they needed. The Catamounts finish their SoCon season tied for 2nd at 5-2 while the Keydets fall to 1-5 in the conference with Citadel coming in next weekend. Western wraps up their 2014 season next weekend at Alabama.

Western Carolina Top Performers

Jr. QB Troy Mitchell – 32-42 339 yards, 5 TD; 109 rushing yards, TD
Jr. WR Karnorris Benson – 8 recs. 127 yards, 4 TD
Jr. RB Darius Ramsey – 128 rushing yards
So. WR Terryon Robinson – 12 recs. 127 yards
Sr. LB Christon Gill – 8 tackles, 1 Int.
Sr. DB Ace Clark – 8 tackles
So. TE Tyler Sexton – 3 recs. 32 yards, TD
Fr. LB Daniel Riddle – 6 tackles
Jr. DE Caleb Hawkins – 5 tackles, 1 for loss

VMI Top Performers

Fr. LB Allen Cratsenberg – 17 tackles, 1 for loss, 2 forced fumbles
So. WR Aaron Sanders – 5 recs. 119 yards, TD
Fr. QB Al Cobb – 19-45 321 yards, 2 TD; 45 rushing yards
Fr. DB Ryan Francis – 12 tackles, 1 for loss
Sr. LB Logan Staib – 10 tackles, 1 for loss
Sr. RB Deon Watts – 60 rushing yards, TD
Jr. WR Sam Patterson – 5 recs. 67 yards
Fr. DB Greg Sanders – 6 tackles
Jr. DB Alex James – 6 tackles
So. DB Damian Jones – 6 tackles
Jr. LB Caleb Lindsay – 6 tackles
Sr. DL John Washington – 6 tackles
Sr. WR Doug Burton – 1 rec. 37 yards, TD

Next Games

Nov. 22: The Citadel at VMI, 1:30 pm
Nov. 22: Western Carolina at Alabama, 4 pm

Chattanooga 38, Tennessee Tech 17 – Box Score

The Mocs rode a dominant defensive effort to their 8th win of the season over Tennessee Tech. Chattanooga allowed less than 200 yards total offense while racking up nearly 500 yards of their own. The Mocs found the end zone on 4 of their first 7 possessions to take a 28-10 lead into the half then coasted home in the 2nd half. Chattanooga will visit Furman on Saturday with an opportunity to finish unbeaten in SoCon play and cement their hold on a National seed and first round bye in the FCS Playoffs.

Chattanooga Top Performers

Jr. QB Jacob Huesman – 21-27 234 yards, 4 TD; 89 rushing yards, TD
Fr. RB Richardre Bagley – 17 rushing yards, 3 recs. 67 yards, TD; 58 return yards
So. LB Nakevion Leslie – 5 tackles, 1.5 for loss, 1 sack, 1 Int.
So. DL Keionta Davis – 4 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 fumble recovery
Jr. DT Danny Ring – 4 tackles, 2 for loss, 1 sack
Sr. RB Keon Williams – 76 rushing yards
So. DB Cedric Nettles – 6 tackles, 1 for loss
Sr. TE Faysal Shafaat – 3 recs. 44 yards
So. WR Xavier Borishade – 8 recs. 40 yards, TD
Sr. DE Davis Tull – 5 tackles, 1 sack
Sr. LB Muhasibi Wakeel – 6 tackles
So. WR Tommy Hudson – 2 recs. 11 yards, TD
Sr. FB Taharin Tyson – 24 rushing yards; 1 rec. 2 yards, TD

Next Game

Nov. 22: Chattanooga at Furman, 3:30 pm

Mercer 56, Warner 0 – Box Score

The Bears scored on each of their possessions and allowed just 123 total offense from their opponent. Five different Bears found the end zone including the TD below by OL Thomas Marchman which along with the celebration made Sportscenter. Mercer is now 6-5 with an opportunity to finish above .500 with a win at Wofford on Saturday.

OL Thomas Marchman Scores the TD

Mercer Top Performers

Fr. RB Alex Lakes – 113 rushing yards, 4 TD
So. QB John Russ – 7-8 148 yards, 2 TD; 21 rushing yards
Fr. WR Chandler Curtis – 3 recs. 95 yards, TD; 23 rushing yards
So. LB Tripp Patterson – 4 tackles, 1.5 sacks
Fr. RB Tee Mitchell – 90 rushing yards, TD
Fr. OL Thomas Marchman – 1 TD
So. TE Eli Grambling – 2 recs. 44 yards, TD
So. QB Michael Haynes – 3-3 47 yards, TD

Next Games

Nov. 22: Mercer at Wofford, 1:30 pm

Southern Conference Standings

SoCon Overall Power
Chattanooga 6-0 8-3 1
Samford 5-2 7-3 2
Western Carolina 5-2 7-4 3
Wofford 3-3 5-5 5
The Citadel 2-4 4-7 4
Furman 2-4 3-8 6
Virginia Military 1-5 2-9 8
Mercer 1-5 6-5 7
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UTC Jacob Huesman

2014 SoCon Week 13 Recap

The 2014 regular season concluded on Saturday with the Chattanooga Mocs cementing their place atop the final Southern Conference Standings with a road win at Furman. Samford and Western Carolina stepped out of the conference and represented the SoCon well against SEC foes while Wofford and Citadel wrapped up the season with SoCon wins to solidify themselves in the 4th and 5th position. Chattanooga will represent the conference in the upcoming FCS playoffs receiving a bye in the first round before hosting the winner of Eastern Kentucky and Indiana State on December 6th.

Players of the Week

Offense: Jr. QB Jacob Huesman (UTC): 360 total yards, 4 TD

Others: RB Lorenzo Long (Wofford)

Defense:So. DB Malik Diggs (Citadel): 9 tackles, 2 fumble recoveries

Others: DE Gary Wilkins (Furman), DB James Bradberry (Samford), DL John Washington (VMI)

Special Teams: Fr. WR Chandler Curtis (Mercer): 163 Return yards

Others: RB Richardre Bagley (UTC)

Freshman: RB Isiah Smith (Citadel): 134 rushing yards, TD

Others: WR Chandler Curtis (Mercer), QB Al Cobb (VMI)

SoCon Week 7 Recap

Wofford 34, Mercer 6 – Box Score

Woffod dominated this game from the start finding the end zone on their first 4 possessions to take a 27-0 lead to halftime. The Terriers’ rushing game was in full control totaling 374 yards on the ground including 105 yards and 4 touchdowns by sophomore Lorenzo Long. Equally impressive was the Wofford defense which completely shutdown the Bears allowing 151 yards on just 3 yards per play. This is a fantastic way to finish the season in which is even more notable given that Coach Ayers will return 20/22 of today’s starters next season. Mercer finishes the season at 6-6, but returns their entire roster next season along with a promising recruiting class. The future is bright for both of these programs as they turn their attention to 2015.

Wofford Top Performers

So. RB Lorenzo Long – 105 rushing yards, 4 TD; 43 return yards
Jr. QB Michael Weimer – 2-4 23 yards; 95 rushing yards, TD
Sr. LB Kevin Thomas – 6 tackles
So. DB Jaleel Green – 3 tackles, 1 for loss, 1 Int.
Jr. RB Will Gay – 50 rushing yards
Jr. RB Octavius Harden – 47 rushing yards

Mercer Top Performers

So. DB Zach Jackson – 9 tackles, 1 Int.
Fr. WR Chandler Curtis – 190 total yards
Fr. DE Kyle Williams – 9 tackles
Fr. RB Tee Mitchell – 46 rushing yards; 3 recs. 24 yards
So. LB Tripp Patterson – 7 tackles
So. LB Tyler Ward – 6 tackles
So. LB Corey Lockett – 4 tackles, 1 Int.
So. DB Lendell Arnold – 5 tackles, 1 for loss

The Citadel 45, VMI 25 – Box Score

The Bulldogs retain the Silver Shako trophy with a win in the Military Classic of the South. Citadel jumped out to a 21-0 lead behind a great first half by senior QB Aaron Miller finding the end zone on the ground and through the air. However the Keydets didn’t go away, scoring a pair of TD’s in the 2nd quarter to pull within 8 with Citadel tacking on a FG late to take a 24-13 lead into the half. VMI scored early in the 2nd half to pull within 5, but the Bulldogs scored 3 TD’s to finish the 3rd quarter with a commanding 45-19 lead. The Citadel won 3 of their final 4 to carry momentum into the off season while the question in Lexington will be whether Head Coach Sparky Woods is retained.

Citadel Top Performers

So. DB Malik Diggs – 9 tackles, 2 fumble recoveries
Fr. RB Isiah Smith – 134 rushing yards, TD
Sr. QB Aaron Miller – 3-7 91 yards, TD; 38 rushing yards, TD
Sr. RB Jake Stenson – 120 rushing yards, TD
Sr. RB Carl Williams – 8 tackles
So. LB Tevin Floyd – 5 tackles, 1.5 for loss
So. DL Joe Crochet – 4 tackles, 2 forced fumbles
So. RB Tyler Renew – 54 yards rushing, TD
Sr. DB Walker Williams – 7 tackles
Fr. DB DeVonta Delaney – 6 tackles
Jr. WR Alex Glover – 1 rec. 32 yards, TD
Fr. RB Reggie Williams – 21 rushing yards, TD

VMI Top Performers

Sr. DL John Washington – 13 tackles, 1.5 for loss, sack
So. DL Joe Nelson – 10 tackles, 2 for loss, sack
Fr. QB Al Cobb – 27-43 396, 2 TD; 26 rushing yards
Fr. LB Allen Cratsenberg – 11 tackles
Jr. DB Alex James – 9 tackles, 1 for loss
Sr. LB Miller Williams – 8 tackles, 1 sack
Sr. LB Logan Staib – 10 tackles
Sr. RB Deon Watts – 52 rushing yards, 2 TD; 7 recs. 52 yards
So. WR Aaron Sanders – 7 recs. 165 yards, TD
So. WR Dane Forlines – 3 recs. 56 yards, TD
So. DB Alijah Robinson – 7 tackles
Sr. WR Doug Burton – 4 recs. 44 yards
Fr. DB Ryan Francis – 6 tackles

Chattanooga 45, Furman 19 – Box Score

The Mocs complete the undefeated SoCon season for the first time in school history with a road win at Furman. The teams exchanged TD’s in the 1st quarter, but Chattanooga scored 17 unanswered in the 2nd quarter taking a 24-7 lead into the half. The Mocs continued their offensive onslaught in 2nd half with the Paladins adding a couple of scores as well, but never having an opportunity to get close enough to put pressure on UTC. Furman will now hope to get healthy heading into spring practice after a disappointing season, while the Mocs await their draw in the FCS Playoffs.

Chattanooga Top Performers

Jr. QB Jacob Huesman – 17-23 257 yards, 2 TD; 103 rushing yards, 2 TD
Sr. RB Keon Williams – 97 rushing yards, 2 TD
Sr. LB Muhasibi Wakeel – 10 tackles
Sr. WR Tommy Hudson – 4 recs. 84 yards
Sr. TE Faysal Shafaat – 3 recs. 32 yards, TD
Fr. DB Lucas Webb – 6 tackles, 1 for loss
Fr. DB Trevor Wright – 7 tackles
Fr. WR Alphonso Stewart – 5 recs. 63 yards
So. LB Nakevion Leslie – 6 tackles

Furman Top Performers

Sr. DE Gary Wilkins – 7 tackles, 3 for loss
Sr. LB Marcus McMorris – 8 tackles, 1.5 for loss, 1 FF, 1 FR
Sr. RB Hank McCloud – 59 rushing yards, 2 TD
Fr. QB PJ Blazejowski – 14-24 127 yards; 67 rushing yards, TD
Jr. WR Jordan Snellings – 6 recs. 80 yards
So. WR Andrej Suttles – 5 recs. 65 yards
So. DB Trey Robinson – 9 tackles
So. LB TJ Warren – 7 tackles
So. LB Byron Johnson – 6 tackles, 1 for loss

Next Game

Chattanooga: FCS Playoffs TBD

Alabama 48, Western Carolina 14 – Box Score

The Cats had eyebrows raising all over the country with a pair of 1st half TD’s leaving them within a FG of Alabama at 17-14. Reality set it in, however, as the Crimson Tide quickly stretched the lead to 24 by halftime and added 10 3rd quarter points for the final margin. As you might expect, the difference was on the lines with Bama rushing for over 6 yards per carry and the Cats totally shutdown (-8 rushing yards) making Western completely one dimensional. Even so, Catamount fans have to be eagerly awaiting next season after improving from 1 conference win in 2013 to 5-2 this season and a strong nucleus returning in 2015.

Western Carolina Top Performers

So. WR Spearman Robinson – 5 recs. 45 yards, 2 TD
So. DB Trey Morgan – 10 tackles, 1 Int.
Sr. LB Christon Gill – 10 tackles, 1 for loss
Jr. QB Troy Mitchell – 23-39 221 yards, 2 TD
Jr. WR Karnorris Benson – 9 recs. 118 yards
So. DB Fred Payne – 9 tackles
Jr. DB Terrance Green – 6 tackles, 1 for loss
Fr. LB Daniel Riddle – 6 tackles
Jr. DE Caleb Hawkins – 5 tackles, 1 for loss

Auburn 31, Samford 7 – Box Score

Auburn averages 476 yards total offense per game playing in the SEC, Samford held the Tigers 386 total yards. The Bulldogs actually took a 7-0 lead into the 2nd quarter, but the Tigers took control leading 17-7 at the half. Samford’s defense continued to impress allowing just 14 points in the 2nd half keeping Auburn’s starters in the game till the end. The Bulldogs weren’t able to muster enough offense to really challenge for the win, but this could have been a much closer game as Samford had 2 failed red zone visits and another trip into Auburn territory which ended in an interception. I believe this team should be in the playoffs, but their scheduling of two FBS opponents and two non-D1 opponents left them little room for error to become eligible. The schedule effectively gave this team only 7 FCS games and virtually no shot to qualify for the playoffs. The Samford athletic department owes their athletes more than D2 wins and money games outside the conference.

Samford Top Performers

Jr. DB James Bradberry – 5 tackles, 2 for loss, 1 Int.
Jr. DB Trey Wesley – 9 tackles, 1 FF
So. DB Jamerson Blount – 9 tackles
Sr. DE Brandon Wilkinson – 5 tackles, 2 for loss, 1 sack
Sr. DE Brinson Porter – 5 tackles, 1.5 for loss, 1 sack
Jr. LB Justin Cooper – 7 tackles, 1 sack
So. WR Karel Hamilton – 5 recs. 67 yards
So. LB Tonne Osaigbovo – 6 tackles
Jr. LB Josh Killett – 6 tackles
Jr. TE Tony Philpot – 1 rec. 7 yards, TD

Final Southern Conference Standings

SoCon Overall Power
Chattanooga 7-0 9-3 1
Samford 5-2 7-4 2
Western Carolina 5-2 7-5 3
Wofford 4-3 6-5 4
The Citadel 3-4 5-7 5
Furman 2-5 3-9 6
Mercer 1-6 6-6 7
Virginia Military 1-6 2-10 8
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2014 SoCon Week 13 Preview

The Citadel at VMI, 1:30

The Military Classic of the South is once again a Southern Conference game with the Bulldogs visiting Lexington, VA. The Citadel has won the last 7 meetings dating back to 2003 including a 31-10 victory last season in Charleston. The Bulldogs have the overall talent advantage but the Keydets are playing at home and have already snapped a long losing streak to Furman. Regardless of the outcome, it is always exciting when these two fan bases get together.

SoCon Recruiting Prediction: The Citadel 34, VMI 20

Mercer at Wofford, 1:30

The Terriers and Bears are each playing for an overall winning record with Wofford also vying to finish above .500 in the SoCon. On the field this is an extremely interesting match up as Mercer boasts 1 of only 2 1,000 yard rushers in the conference in freshman RB Alex Lakes, but the Terriers have the best rushing defense in the SoCon. If Wofford can force Mercer to be one dimensional by shutting down the run, they will have a chance to finish 6-5. On the other side Mercer struggled in the first half against Citadel’s option attack, but made adjustments in the 2nd half nearly pulling out the win. I think we will see a fairly even game which will be decided by which offense can avoid turnovers.

SoCon Recruiting Prediction: Wofford 27, Mercer 20

Chattanooga at Furman, 3:30 pm

The Mocs have clinched the conference title and a trip to the playoffs, but need the win to solidify their chances of a first round bye and a second round home game. Furman is limping to the finish line, but did break an 8-game losing streak last week against nearby rival Wofford. Chattanooga seems to be clicking on all cylinders with great line play on both sides of the ball. The Paladins have struggled to run the ball and I expect UTC will bring the house against true freshman QB PJ Blazejowski and force him into turnovers. The Mocs certainly should win, but can’t afford to take Furman lightly on the road,

SoCon Recruiting Prediction: Chattanooga 38, Furman 13

Western Carolina at Alabama, 4 pm

The Catamounts finished the SoCon schedule on a high note knocking off VMI to finish 5-2 in the conference. Western wraps up a terrific 2014 with a money game at 9-1 Alabama. The Tide traditionally do not “run up” the score on FCS foes usually landing in the 41-0, 45-7 range. I will be interested in seeing how the Cats’ receivers fare against SEC corners after exceptional conference seasons. Alabama will certainly rest some guys heading into their regular season finale with rival Auburn, but it would be un-Saban-like to have a let down in November.

SoCon Recruiting Prediction: Alabama 38, Western Carolina 10

Samford at Auburn, 7 pm

Samford is in a similar position as Western Carolina having finished conference play at 5-2 making the two hour drive south to face SEC foe Auburn. The Tigers have underperformed to their standards this season, but are still loaded with speed and talent. Likewise, they will surely rest many of their key players, but I think their up tempo approach will offer a unique to challenge to a very capable Bulldogs’ defense.

SoCon Recruiting Prediction: Auburn 48, Samford 17
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2014 SoCon Week 12 Recap

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Players of the Week

Offense: Jr. QB Troy Mitchell (Western Carolina): 32-42 339 yards, 5 TD; 109 rushing yards, TD

Others: QB PJ Blazejowski (Furman), WR Karnorris Benson (WCU), QB Jacob Huesman (UTC), RB Alex Lakes (Mercer)

Defense: Sr. DE Gary Wilkins (Furman): 9 tackles, 4 for loss, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble

Others: LB Justin Cooper (Samford), LB Allen Cratsenberg (VMI), LB Terrance Morris (Wofford)

Special Teams: Fr. PK JC Hollingsworth (Furman): 1/1 FG, 4/4 XP
Freshman: QB PJ Blazejowski (Furman): 15-15 305 yards, 3 total TD

Others: RB Alex Lakes (Mercer), LB Allen Cratsenberg (VMI), Omari Williams (Samford), LB Terrance Morris (Wofford)

SoCon Week 12 Recap

Furman 31, Wofford 14 – Box Score

Furman began the season with a terrific defense, but a struggling offense. Of late, the offense has improved but the defense has struggled. On Saturday against rival Wofford, the Paladins put it all together for the first time this season for a strong 31-14 victory. Furman jumped out to a 10-0 lead, but the Terriers answered back to take a 14-10 lead. The Paladins responded to take a 17-14 lead into the half then added a pair of scores in the 2nd half for the final margin. The overall story of this game is the 100% completion percentage by Furman’s freshman QB PJ Blazejowski. The Paladins will wrap up a disappointing season next week hosting Chattanooga while the Terriers host SoCon newcomer Mercer in their 2014 finale.

Furman Top Performers

Fr. QB PJ Blazejowski – 15-15 305 yards, 3 total TD
Sr. DE Gary Wilkins – 9 tackles, 4 for loss, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble
Jr. WR Jordan Snellings – 4 recs. 118 yards, TD
So. WR Andrej Suttles – 3 recs. 103 yards, TD
So. LB Byron Johnson – 8 tackles
Jr. LB Cory Magwood – 8 tackles
Sr. RB Hank McCloud – 59 rushing yards, TD; 3 recs. 22 yards
Fr. PK JC Hollingsworth – 1/1 FG, 4/4 XP
So. DB Nick Miller – 7 tackles, 1 fumble recovery

Wofford Top Performers

So. RB Lorenzo Long – 55 rushing yards, 2 TD
Fr. LB Terrance Morris – 8 tackles, 2.5 for loss, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble
Jr. RB Ray Smith – 130 rushing yards
Sr. LB Kevin Thomas – 8 tackles, 1 forced fumble
Fr. DL Tyler Vaughn – 5 tackles, 2 sacks
Fr. LB Michael Roach – 5 tackles, 1.5 for loss, 1 sack
Jr. RB Will Gay – 46 rushing yards
Fr. RB Chase Nelson – 40 rushing yards

Next Games

Nov. 22: Mercer at Wofford, 1:30 pm
Nov. 22: Chattanooga at Furman, 3:30 pm

Samford 20, The Citadel 17 – Box Score

Samford knocked off The Citadel on the road with a late TD by Denzel Williams. With his team trailing by 4 with under 2 minutes to play, Samford QB Michael Eubank converted a 4th and 10 from his own 43 with a big completion to sophomore wideout Karel Hamilton. The winning score came two plays later leaving Citadel with virtually no time to respond. Samford ends SoCon play with a 5-2 record and will finish the season next week at Auburn while The Citadel will finish the season against newly returned SoCon rival VMI.

Samford Top Performers

Jr. LB Justin Cooper – 17 tackles
Jr. QB Michael Eubank – 18-28 228 yards, TD; 12 rushing yards
Fr. DB Omari Williams – 13 tackles, 1 forced fumble
So. RB Denzel Williams – 88 rushing yards, TD; 4 recs. 26 yards
Fr. LB Shaheed Salmon – 9 tackles, 1.5 for loss
Jr. TE Tony Philpot – 4 recs. 72 yards, TD
Jr. LB Josh Killett – 8 tackles
So. WR Karel Hamilton – 5 recs. 71 yards
Fr. RB Krondis Larry – 18 rushing yards, TD

Citadel Top Performers

Sr. QB Aaron Miller – 5-12 60 yards; 126 rushing yards, 2 TD
So. FB Tyler Renew – 102 rushing yards
Sr. DB Walker Smith – 11 tackles
Sr. RB Jake Stenson – 55 rushing yards; 2 recs. 24 yards
So. LB Tevin Floyd – 6 tackles
So. DB Malik Diggs – 6 tackles

Next Games

Nov. 22: Citadel at VMI, 1:30 pm
Nov. 22: Samford at Auburn, 7 pm

Western Carolina 42, VMI 27 – Box Score

The Cats and Keydets combined for 56 first downs and over 1,100 yards total offense. Western jumped out to a 21-0 lead before VMI fought back to within 28-20 late in the 3rd quarter, but the Cats answered to push the lead back to 15. The Keydets pulled within 8 once again, but could not get the defensive stop they needed. The Catamounts finish their SoCon season tied for 2nd at 5-2 while the Keydets fall to 1-5 in the conference with Citadel coming in next weekend. Western wraps up their 2014 season next weekend at Alabama.

Western Carolina Top Performers

Jr. QB Troy Mitchell – 32-42 339 yards, 5 TD; 109 rushing yards, TD
Jr. WR Karnorris Benson – 8 recs. 127 yards, 4 TD
Jr. RB Darius Ramsey – 128 rushing yards
So. WR Terryon Robinson – 12 recs. 127 yards
Sr. LB Christon Gill – 8 tackles, 1 Int.
Sr. DB Ace Clark – 8 tackles
So. TE Tyler Sexton – 3 recs. 32 yards, TD
Fr. LB Daniel Riddle – 6 tackles
Jr. DE Caleb Hawkins – 5 tackles, 1 for loss

VMI Top Performers

Fr. LB Allen Cratsenberg – 17 tackles, 1 for loss, 2 forced fumbles
So. WR Aaron Sanders – 5 recs. 119 yards, TD
Fr. QB Al Cobb – 19-45 321 yards, 2 TD; 45 rushing yards
Fr. DB Ryan Francis – 12 tackles, 1 for loss
Sr. LB Logan Staib – 10 tackles, 1 for loss
Sr. RB Deon Watts – 60 rushing yards, TD
Jr. WR Sam Patterson – 5 recs. 67 yards
Fr. DB Greg Sanders – 6 tackles
Jr. DB Alex James – 6 tackles
So. DB Damian Jones – 6 tackles
Jr. LB Caleb Lindsay – 6 tackles
Sr. DL John Washington – 6 tackles
Sr. WR Doug Burton – 1 rec. 37 yards, TD

Next Games

Nov. 22: The Citadel at VMI, 1:30 pm
Nov. 22: Western Carolina at Alabama, 4 pm

Chattanooga 38, Tennessee Tech 17 – Box Score

The Mocs rode a dominant defensive effort to their 8th win of the season over Tennessee Tech. Chattanooga allowed less than 200 yards total offense while racking up nearly 500 yards of their own. The Mocs found the end zone on 4 of their first 7 possessions to take a 28-10 lead into the half then coasted home in the 2nd half. Chattanooga will visit Furman on Saturday with an opportunity to finish unbeaten in SoCon play and cement their hold on a National seed and first round bye in the FCS Playoffs.

Chattanooga Top Performers

Jr. QB Jacob Huesman – 21-27 234 yards, 4 TD; 89 rushing yards, TD
Fr. RB Richardre Bagley – 17 rushing yards, 3 recs. 67 yards, TD; 58 return yards
So. LB Nakevion Leslie – 5 tackles, 1.5 for loss, 1 sack, 1 Int.
So. DL Keionta Davis – 4 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 fumble recovery
Jr. DT Danny Ring – 4 tackles, 2 for loss, 1 sack
Sr. RB Keon Williams – 76 rushing yards
So. DB Cedric Nettles – 6 tackles, 1 for loss
Sr. TE Faysal Shafaat – 3 recs. 44 yards
So. WR Xavier Borishade – 8 recs. 40 yards, TD
Sr. DE Davis Tull – 5 tackles, 1 sack
Sr. LB Muhasibi Wakeel – 6 tackles
So. WR Tommy Hudson – 2 recs. 11 yards, TD
Sr. FB Taharin Tyson – 24 rushing yards; 1 rec. 2 yards, TD

Next Game

Nov. 22: Chattanooga at Furman, 3:30 pm

Mercer 56, Warner 0 – Box Score

The Bears scored on each of their possessions and allowed just 123 total offense from their opponent. Five different Bears found the end zone including the TD below by OL Thomas Marchman which along with the celebration made Sportscenter. Mercer is now 6-5 with an opportunity to finish above .500 with a win at Wofford on Saturday.

OL Thomas Marchman Scores the TD

Mercer Top Performers

Fr. RB Alex Lakes – 113 rushing yards, 4 TD
So. QB John Russ – 7-8 148 yards, 2 TD; 21 rushing yards
Fr. WR Chandler Curtis – 3 recs. 95 yards, TD; 23 rushing yards
So. LB Tripp Patterson – 4 tackles, 1.5 sacks
Fr. RB Tee Mitchell – 90 rushing yards, TD
Fr. OL Thomas Marchman – 1 TD
So. TE Eli Grambling – 2 recs. 44 yards, TD
So. QB Michael Haynes – 3-3 47 yards, TD

Next Games

Nov. 22: Mercer at Wofford, 1:30 pm

Southern Conference Standings

SoCon Overall Power
Chattanooga 6-0 8-3 1
Samford 5-2 7-3 2
Western Carolina 5-2 7-4 3
Wofford 3-3 5-5 5
The Citadel 2-4 4-7 4
Furman 2-4 3-8 6
Virginia Military 1-5 2-9 8
Mercer 1-5 6-5 7
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2014 SoCon Week 12 Preview

Wofford at Furman, noon

Wofford makes the short trip to Greenville with an opportunity to clinch a winning record overall and in the conference. The Terriers flirted with the top of the SoCon standings, but a loss at Chattanooga ended any hopes of a Southern Conference Championship. For Furman, the season has been fraught with disappointment and injury as the Paladins seek to break an 8-game losing streak. Bottom line in this game is confidence, the Terriers have proven they believe in themselves and have continued to fight despite their own injury concerns while Furman is reeling and seems helpless to do anything to stop that trend.

SoCon Recruiting Prediction: Wofford 31, Furman 20

Samford at The Citadel, 1 pm

Samford rides a 3-game winning streak in to Charleston to face The Citadel with renewed hope for an at-large bid to the FCS playoffs. Citadel will seek their 3rd straight win as they attempt to derail those hopes and draw even at 3-3 in the conference. While both are playing much better, Citadel has narrowly escaped Mercer and Furman while Samford has cruised over their last few opponents including a 10 quarter stretch of outscoring opponents 128-0. The big difference in this battle of the Bulldogs is defense, Samford is playing at a high level while the Citadel has continued to give up massive yardage and 30 points per game.

SoCon Recruiting Prediction: Samford 41, The Citadel 20

VMI at Western Carolina, 2 pm

Despite being knocked out of conference contention with back-to-back losses to Chattanooga and Samford, this is a big game for the Catamounts. A win leaves them 5-2 tied for 2nd place in the Southern Conference and guarantees a winning record heading into the season finale at Alabama. Consider that Western was 2-10 in 2013, finishing 7-5 (5-2 in the SoCon) with 20 starters expected to return in 2015 leaves a lot to be excited about in Cullowhee. The Keydets have struggled this season but did break a 21-game losing streak to Furman which dated back to 1979. Unfortunately for VMI, the Cats are much more susceptible to rushing yards than passing so it’s a bad match-up overall. Western probably has some frustrations and I expect them to take them all out on VMI.

SoCon Recruiting Prediction: Western Carolina 38, VMI 17

Chattanooga at Tennessee Tech, 2:30 pm

After a difficult early season schedule saw Chattanooga start 0-2, the Mocs have roared back to a 7-3 overall record with their only losses being to highly ranked Jacksonville State (in OT) and 2 FBS teams. The 5 conference wins have been mostly blowouts with only Mercer staying within 10 points. The defense is as good as advertised and the rushing attack has gotten better and better as the season progresses. The Golden Eagles are 4-6 (3-4 in the OVC) and they’ve been handled by the quality opponents on their schedule. I expect the Mocs to roll once again before returning to conference play next week at Furman.

SoCon Recruiting Prediction: Chattanooga 38, Tennessee Tech 17

Warner at Mercer, 4 pm

Mercer has had an interesting inaugural season in the Southern Conference. The Bears are 1-5 in SoCon play, but their largest loss is just 14 points to Western Carolina with every other game being decided by one possession. Freshman RB Alex Lakes has had a huge season leading the conference with nearly 100 yards per game; he should surpass 1,000 yards very early this week. The Bears need to win this one to keep their hopes of a winning season alive, but the real test is next week at Wofford, this one should be a gimme.

SoCon Recruiting Prediction: Mercer 41, Warner 10
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2014 SoCon Week 11 Recap

The Chattanooga Mocs are the 2014 Southern Conference champions and will receive the automatic bid for the FCS playoffs. With the win over Wofford on Saturday, the Mocs clinched a share of the title and the subsequent loss by Western Carolina gave Chattanooga the outright title regardless of the outcomes for the remainder of the season. The Cats loss also eliminates Western from any chance at an at-large bid to the playoffs and leaves Samford as the only remaining realistic possibility for a 2nd SoCon bid to the playoffs.(Full Southern Conference Standings) Read more

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2014 SoCon Week 11 Preview

Wofford at Chattanooga, 1 pm

Wofford visits Chattanooga on Saturday with an opportunity to turn the Southern Conference on its ear. If the Terriers win, it creates a 3-way tie atop the conference standings with quite a few scenarios in play for the conference champion and automatic bid to the FCS playoffs. If the Mocs win, all the mystery is over, Chattanooga has all potential tiebreakers and will receive the automatic bid for the FCS playoffs.

The Mocs have to be considered the heavy favorite after their dominant win at Western Carolina a week ago. However, the Terriers will be out to prove games aren’t played on paper. Unfortunately for the Terriers, the Mocs have one of the best defensive lines in the country and their habit of late is to dominate the first half. When that happens, opponents are forced to abandon the run and deviate from their comfort zone. The only way Wofford wins this game is to control the ball and take a tired Chattanooga defense into the 4th quarter. These are the two top rush defenses in the conference, but the Mocs have the edge in passing the ball when needed.Chattanooga has the home field and the more talented team.

SoCon Recruiting Prediction: Chattanooga 31, Wofford 13

Furman at The Citadel, 2 pm

This is an interesting game. The Paladins have been decimated by injuries particularly on the offensive line and the defensive secondary. Freshman QB PJ Blazejowski has added a rushing dimension to the offense, but the passing game continues to be sporadic at best. On the other side the Bulldogs have run the ball effectively but it hasn’t always translated to points. Games like this often come down to turnovers which the Bulldogs have a decided advantage with 10 on the season to Furman’s 18. The Paladins were expected to be very good this season but at some point we have to realize performance trumps expectations.

SoCon Recruiting Prediction: Citadel 27, Furman 17

Western Carolina at Samford, 3:30 pm

Chattanooga is clearly playing superior football rigt now and it showed in their demolition of the Cats last week in Cullowhee. Western will look to bounce back on Saturday, but it could be tough as Samford has back to back shutouts including a 45-0 drubbing of Furman two weeks ago on the road. Both teams have balanced offenses but have had hiccups along the way. The Catamounts must win to stay in the playoff picture, but Samford has the benefit of playing at home. I consider this a tossup with the slight advantage going to the Bulldogs on the strength of a bit more experienced defense.

SoCon Recruiting Prediction: Samford 35, Western Carolina 24
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2014 SoCon Week 10 Recap

Gotta Go to Mo’s! - THE online store for All Your Footwear Needs! Modells.com – Shop Footwear, Running Gear, Sporting Goods, Licensed PRO apparel. Find hats, t-shirts, and collectibles from your favorite teams!Click Here!Chattanooga took the showdown of conference unbeatens and quickly turned it into a blowout. The win puts the Mocs in a position to clinch the Southern Conference title and a bid to the FCS playoffs with a home win over Wofford next Saturday. A Wofford win, however, creates a 3-way tie a top the conference and creates numerous scenarios for which team receives the automatic bid. Unfortunately, for the SoCon it is unlikely any team other than Chattanooga would receive an at-large bid. Read more

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Wofford Lands Athlete George Gbesee

Rhapsody TrialOakland HS athlete George Gbesee has decided on the Wofford Terriers. He plays corner and receiver for the Patriots but is likely to play DB for Wofford. Gbesee is 5-9 173 and Hudl list his speed at 4.45. He already has 35 tackles, 2 fumble recoveries, and 2 interceptions returned for touchdowns along with 19 catches for 485 yards and a touchdown reception in 2014. George also has offers from Army, Austin Peay, Tennessee Tech, and Tennessee State but chose the Terriers because: Read more

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2014 SoCon Week 10 Preview

Furman at VMI, 1:30

The Paladins and Keydets enter week 10 a combined 3-14 on the season. VMI is coming off their worst offensive performance of the season putting up just 3 points at Wofford while Furman was shut out by Samford at home. The Paladins were expected to compete for the conference title but injuries and inconsistent play have led to 6 straight losses. They came out very flat last week and got rolled so its hard to predict what kind of energy Furman will have, but they should win this game on talent.

SoCon Recruiting Prediction: Furman 31, VMI 13

Chattanooga at Western Carolina, 2 pm

This game really needs no hyperbole, the stakes are simple, the winner maintains control of the conference while the loser needs help down the stretch. Both teams have strong, balanced offenses that can hurt you through the air or on the ground. The Mocs have a better defense but the Cats have the home field advantage. I think this is all about managing emotions for the Cats, the Mocs are supposed to be here but Western is a surprise. Whichever team does a better job of staying composed and executing should get the win.

SoCon Recruiting Prediction: Western Carolina 34, Chattanooga 31

Concordia at Samford, 3 pm

Samford blasted Furman on the road looking much better than their 3-2 SoCon record. The Bulldogs get a break for homecoming with the Concordia Hornets coming to Birmingham. I know virtually nothing about this opponent so they could prove me wrong, but I believe this is little more than a glorified scrimmage.

SoCon Recruiting Prediction: Samford 59, Concordia 0

The Citadel at Mercer, 4 pm

When the season began I selected Mercer to win two conference games, at VMI and hosting The Citadel. The Bears have scared a few teams including coming within 1 score of last year’s conference champs Furman, Samford, and Chattanooga. The Bulldogs come in without a conference win after facing the top 3 of the conference in October. I believe both of these teams are better than their record in the conference indicates. They can both run although the Bears have the added dimension of a passing game while I’d give Citadel a slight edge defensively. This should be a very tight game that really could go either way.

SoCon Recruiting Prediction: Mercer 27, Citadel 21
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2014 SoCon Week 9 Recap

The Southern Conference Standings have left 3 teams with realistic dreams of winning the title. The winner of this week’s match up between Western Carolina and Chattanooga controls their own destiny. Wofford has 1 loss to Western, but still have a head-to-head opportunity at Chattanooga. They can still win a share of the conference title, but need a little help. It’s hard to beleive, but there are only 4 weeks left in the regular season. Let’s see how the season plays out.

Players of the Week

Offense: Jr. QB Jacob Huesman (UTC) – 24-36 359 yards 2 TD; 99 rushing yards, TD

Others: Troy Mitchell (WCU), Karel Hamilton (Samford), Michael Eubank (Samford), Lorenzo Long (Wofford)

Defense: So. LB Tyson Dickson (Western Carolina) – 16 tackles, 1 for loss

Others: Davis Tull (UTC), Trey Morgan (WCU), Jamerson Blount (Samford)

Special Teams: Fr. LB Deion Pierre (Samford) – blocked punt return for TD
Freshman: RB Detrez Newsome (Western Carolina) – 123 rushing yards, 2 TD

Others: Isaiha Smith (Citadel), Alex Lakes (Mercer), Chandler Curtis (Mercer)

SoCon Week 8 Recap

Chattanooga 38, Mercer 31 – Box Score

The Mocs escaped a pesky Mercer squad to stay unbeaten in the conference heading to November. Mercer took a 14-7 lead into the 2nd quarter, but Chattanooga scored 28 straight to take a 35-14 lead halfway through the 3rd quarter. Mercer scored twice late in the quarter to pull within 7 entering the 4th quarter where the teams traded field goals. The Bears made it within 20 yards of the tying a score, but fell short of the upset bid being stopped on downs. The Mocs are now 4-0 in the Southern Conference and will travel to Cullowhee, NC to face Western Carolina with sole possession of first place on the line.

Chattanooga Top Performers

Jr. QB Jacob Huesman – 24-36 359 yards 2 TD; 99 rushing yards, TD
Sr. DE Davis Tull – 6 tackles, 1.5 sacks
So. LB Nakevion Leslie – 5 tackles, 2 for loss
So. RB Derrick Craine – 53 rushing yards, TD; 5 recs. 55 yards
So. WR Xavier Borishade – 5 recs. 94 yards TD
Sr. LB Muhasibi Wakeel – 9 tackles
So. WR C.J. Board – 5 recs. 82 yards
Sr. WR Tommy Hudson – 2 recs. 90 yards
So. LB Dee Virgin – 7 tackles
So. DB Cedric Nettles – 7 tackles
Sr. DT Derrick Lott – 5 tackles, 1 sack
Sr. RB Keon Williams – 31 rushing yards, TD
Fr. DB Lucas Webb – 4 tackles, 1 Int.
Jr. DT Danny Ring – 5 tackles, 0.5 sack

Mercer Top Performers

So. QB John Russ – 14-25 293 yards, 2 TD; 17 yards rushing
Fr. WR Chandler Curtis – 5 recs. 89 yards TD; 24 return yards, 13 rushing yards
Fr. LB Alex Lakes – 100 rushing yards
Jr. DB Alex Avant – 6 tackles, 1 Int, 2 breakups
So. LB Tyler Ward – 8 tackles
Fr. RB Tee Mitchell – 2 recs. 82 yards TD; 9 rushing yards
So. TE Robert Brown – 3 recs. 84 yards
So. DB Lendell Arnold – 5 tackles, 1 forced fumble
So. DB Mike Gray – 6 tackles
Jr. WR JT Palmer – 3 recs. 23 yards TD
So. RB JeTarii Donald – 8 yards passing, TD; 11 return yards

Next Games

Nov. 1: Chattanooga at Western Carolina, 2 pm
Nov. 1: The Citadel at Mercer, 4 pm

Samford 45, Furman 0 – Box Score

This was pure dominance from start to finish. The Bulldogs forced the Paladins to punt on their first drive which was blocked and returned for a touchdown. The next Paladins’ drive also ended with a punt and Samford wasted no time scoring on the first play as QB Michael Eubank found WR Karel Hamilton for a 62 yard TD. Samford added 3 more touchdowns in the first half including 2 touchdown passes by freshman WR Malik Johns. The Paladins reached the red zone only once failing on 4th down from the 12 yard line. Samford pulls even at 2-2 in the conference while the Paladins are playing for pride the remainder of the season.

Samford Top Performers

So. WR Karel Hamilton – 9 recs. 206 yards, TD
Jr. QB Michael Eubank – 22-33 314 yards TD
So. RB Denzel Williams – 101 rushing yards, 2 TD
So. DB Jamerson Blount – 6 tackles, 1 for loss, 1 Int.
Fr. WR Malik Johns – 39 passing yards, 2 TD; 2 recs. 28 yards
Sr. DB Jaquiski Tartt – 6 tackles
Fr. RB Krondis Larry – 2 recs. 33 yards TD; 7 rushing yards
Fr. LB Deion Pierre – 1 tackle, blocked punt return for TD
Jr. LB Justin Cooper – 3 tackles, 1 Int.
Sr. DE Brinson Porter – 3 tackles, sack
So. DL Roosevelt Donaldson – 2 tackles, sack

Furman Top Performers

So. LB TJ Warren – 10 tackles, 3 for loss
Fr. DB AK Olusanya – 10 tackles
Jr. CB Reggie Thomas – 8 tackles
Fr. QB PJ Blazejowski – 15-32 133 yards; 51 yards rushing
Jr. LB Cory Magwood – 6 tackles

Next Games

Nov. 1: Furman at VMI, 1:30 pm
Nov. 1: Concordia at Samford, 3 pm

Wofford 38, VMI 3 – Box Score

Wofford’s achilles heal this season has been passing defense, but they shut down one of the conference’s best passing offenses holding VMI to just 197 total yards. The Terriers scored on 5 of their first 6 posessions with the outcome never really in doubt. Wofford gets next weekend off before traveling to Chattanooga November 8 in a game that suddenly has conference championship implications. The Terriers need the Mocs to beat Western Carolina next weekend putting Wofford in a position, with a win at UTC, to create a 3 way tie atop the SoCon.

Wofford Top Performers

So. RB Lorenzo Long – 125 yards rushing, 2 TD
Jr. WR Will Irwin – 4 recs. 75 yards, TD
Jr. QB Michael Weimer – 5-7 85 yards TD; 32 rushing yards TD
Jr. RB Octavius Harden – 100 rushing yards
So. LB Lincoln Stewart – 4 tackles, 1 Int.
Jr. LB Drake Michaelson – 4 tackles, 1 Int.
Jr. RB Will Gay – 77 rushing yards
Jr. CB Brion Anderson – 6 tackles
Sr. DE Tarek Odom – 3 tackles, 1.5 for loss
Fr. RB Chris Martin – 19 rushing yards, TD

VMI Top Performers

So. DB Alex Keys – 11 tackles
Fr. LB Allen Cratsenberg – 8 tackles
Jr. WR Sam Patterson – 5 recs. 58 yards
Fr. DB Greg Sanders – 6 tackles, 1 Int.
Jr. LB Miller Williams – 7 tackles
Sr. DE John Washington – 7 tackles
Fr. LB Ryan Francis – 6 tackles
So. DL Joe Nelson – 6 tackles
Fr. QB Al Cobb – 14-25 111 yards
Sr. WR Deon Watts – 38 rushing yards, 4 recs. 15 yards

Next Games

Nov. 1: Furman at VMI, 1:30
Nov. 8: Wofford at Chattanooga, 1 pm

Western Carolina 29, The Citadel 15 – Box Score

It was touch and go for a while as 2 first half interceptions left the Bulldogs with a 8-7 halftime lead. The Cats pushed back ahead with two 3rd quarter touchdowns by Detrez Newsome giving Western a 21-8 lead entering the final stanza. Citadel kept fighting, however, and Aaron Miller scored early on in the quarter to pull the Bulldogs back within 6 points. A late Western Carolina TD and 2-point conversion stretched the margin of victory to 14. Western can now turn their attention to a monster showdown at home next week vs. Chattanooga with the winner taking sole possession of first place in the Southern Conference.

Western Carolina Top Performers

Jr. QB Troy Mitchell – 21-29 291 yards 1 TD; 131 rushing yards
So. LB Tyson Dickson – 16 tackles, 1 for loss
So. DB Trey Morgan – 9 tackles, 1 for loss, 2 forced fumbles, 1 Int.
Sr. LB Christon Gill – 9 tackles, 2 fumble recoveries
Fr. RB Detrez Newsome – 123 rushing yards, 2 TD
So. WR Terryon Robinson – 10 recs. 183 yards
So. CB Fred Payne – 9 tackles
Jr. RB Darius Ramsey – 72 rushing yards, TD
Jr. DE John McBeth – 8 tackles
Sr. DB Ace Clark – 6 tackles, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery
Jr. LB Sertonuse Harris – 7 tackles
So. TE Tyler Sexton – 1 rec. 8 yards TD
Sr. WR Jeff Moore – 1 rec. 5 yards TD
Jr. WR Karnorris Benson – 4 recs. 37 yards; 2-point conversion

Citadel Top Performers

Sr. QB Aaron Miller – 7-18 83 yards; 104 rushing yards, 2 TD
Fr. RB Isiaha Smith – 111 rushing yards
Jr. DB Nick Willis – 10 tackles
Sr. DB Walker Smith – 9 tackles
Sr. DE Justin Oxendine – 7 tackles
Sr. LB Rah Muhammad – 7 tackles
Fr. DB DeVonta Delaney – 6 tackles, 1 Int.
So. RB Tyler Renew – 52 rushing yards
Jr. RB Vinny Miller – 50 rushing yards
So. DB Malik Diggs – 4 tackles, 1 Int.

Next Games

Nov. 1: Chattanooga at Western Carolina, 2 pm
Nov. 1: Citadel at Mercer, 4 pm

Southern Conference Week 9 Standings
SoCon Overall  Power Ranking
Western Carolina 4-0 6-2  2
Chattanooga 4-0 5-3  1
Wofford 3-1 5-3  3
Samford 3-2 4-3  4
Furman 1-2 2-6  6
Mercer 1-4 5-4  7
The Citadel 0-3 2-6  5
Virginia Military 0-4 1-8  8
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