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Darius Ramsey Western Carolina

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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Jacob Huesman UTC

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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Chandler Curtis Mercer

2014 SoCon Week 9 Preview

Mercer at Chattanooga, noon

The Bears will make the 3 hour drive up I-75 on Saturday for their first visit to Chattanooga. Mercer has the top scoring offense and total offense in the Southern Conference, but something has to give as they face the top scoring defense and total defense in the Mocs. UTC DE Davis Tull leads the conference in tackles for loss and sacks with an eye on his third straight Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Year award. The Bears’ offensive line has done a great job this season, but they haven’t faced a defensive line of this caliber. No one in FCS has been able to hold up against the line so more than ever, the Bears need a great effort from the line.

On the other side, Chattanooga has been more productive offensively of late after a slow start to the season. The Mocs have a solid rushing attack with QB Jacob Huesman and RB Keon Williams, but you can’t sleep on the passing game with So. WR Tommy Hudson and Sr. TE Faysal Shaafat. Mercer has been solid defensively led by LB Tyler Ward and DE Tunde Ayinla, but did allow 400+ yards a week ago to Western Carolina. If the Bears don’t control the line of scrimmage they’ll have a tough time slowing down Chattanooga.

SoCon Recruiting Prediction: Chattanooga 34, Mercer 17

Samford at Furman, 1:30 pm

The Paladins and Bulldogs were both expected to compete for the conference title in 2014, but unexpected home losses have both scrambling to get a grasp on their season. Furman has struggled offensively but seem to be playing better behind freshman QB PJ Blazejowksi. The Paladins want to spread things out for the running game, but the youth at QB has put a lot of pressure on the offensive line in the running game. The Bulldogs have been very good against the run, but did have trouble with Wofford last week. If the Paladins continue to improve the running game the talent is there, but at 2-5 they have no margin for error.

Samford has a ton of weapons on offense with sophomore RB Denzel Williams rushing for 75 yards per game. QB Michael Eubank has shown glimpses of his talent allowing So. WR Karel Hamilton to take a bigger part of the offense, but the passing game has not been consistent. Furman has been stellar at times on defense, but has allowed quite a few yards and points the last 3 games. Jr. linebacker Cory Magwood leads the conference in tackles and Sr. DE Gary Wilkins has been among the best in the conference. I still beleive these two teams are among the most talented in the league, but the performances have been underwhelming. If they can both play to their potential this could be a phenomenol game.

SoCon Recruiting Prediction: Furman 27, Samford 24

VMI at Wofford, 1:30 pm

At first glance, this looks like an easy Wofford win, but… Now before Terrier fans chastise me, I’m not picking the upset but there are some compelling aspects of this game. Wofford will score, lets be honest the Keydets haven’t stopped anyone all season and it won’t start this week in Spartanburg.

What intrigues me is VMI’s pass heavy offense against Wofford’s defense. The Terriers are a great rushing defense allowing a conference best 121 yards per game, but they have allowed a conference worst 238 yards per game passing. I don’t expect VMI to break into the win column this week, but don’t be surprised when you see this game close in the first half.

SoCon Recruiting Prediction: Wofford 31, VMI 20

The Citadel at Western Carolina, 2 pm

TRAP GAME! Western has had one of the great turnarounds this season at 5-2 overall and 3-0 in the SoCon after a 2-10 season in 2013. The Cats haven’t dominated on either side, but have capitalized on most opportunities scoring on 20-23 trips to the red zone with an incredible 17 of those 20 scores being touchdowns. Troy Mitchell has done a great job running the ball and getting the ball to his big play receivers. The Bulldogs have a talented defense, but have really allowed a lot of yards which has caught up with them the last two weeks. As long as the Cats keep grinding and avoid turnovers I expect them to move the ball and continue scoring points.

The concern whenever you play the Bulldogs is preparing for an offense that you don’t see as frequently, but this is the third option offense Western has faced this season so they know what to expect. The Citadel has a great running game behind Sr. QB Aaron Miller and the Cats have been susceptible to the run allowing nearly 200 yards per game on the ground. Even so, the real danger for Coach Speir and his team is looking forward to a potential showdown of conference unbeatens next week with UTC coming to town. If they stay in the moment and focus on the Bulldogs, they should get the win and set up the November 1 showdown.

SoCon Recruiting Prediction: Western Carolina 34, The Citadel 20
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Derrick Craine UTC

2014 SoCon Week 8 Recap

Rhapsody TrialThe Southern Conference Standings are starting to take shape with Western Carolina and Chattanooga remaining unbeaten atop the standings and Wofford just a game behind. All 3 had impressive road wins on Saturday to maintain their position while everyone else jockies for position from 4-8. There is still a lot of football to be played but the November 1 showdown between Chattanooga and Western Carolina is looming just two weeks away. Both teams have to be careful with trap games (Mercer at UTC/Citadel at WCU) this week though with both at home it seems likely we will get our battle of unbeatens in Cullowhee in two weeks. Read more

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Jacob Huesman UTC

2014 SoCon Week 8 Preview: Chattanooga at The Citadel

Chattanooga and The Citadel step back into conference play at noon Saturday in Charleston. The Bulldogs won a double overtime thriller 63-56 over Charlotte a week ago while the Mocs fell to SEC foe Tennessee 45-10. Both have played tough non-conference schedules with UTC 3-3 overall but unbeaten in the SoCon while Citadel is 2-4 overall, 0-1 in the conference. This SoCon contest will be televised on the ASN Network with a chance to showcase the conference to a wider audience. Read more

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Western Carolina

2014 SoCon Week 7 Recap

It was an exciting week of Southern Conference football with Western Carolina winning the sole conference game over Wofford. Mercer and Citadel each got non-conference wins over Austin Peay and Charlotte respectively while Chattanooga and VMI lost FBS games to Tennessee and Navy. The Cats win over the Terriers moves them into a tie atop the conference standings with Chattanooga with a head-to-head coming in Cullowhee in 3 weeks. Read more

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Aaron MillerCitadel

2014 SoCon Week 7 Preview: Charlotte at The Citadel

Citadel gets back to action on Saturday hosting Charlotte just a week removed from a heart wrenching loss at Wofford. The Bulldogs enter at 1-4 with their sole win coming over Gardner Webb two weeks ago. Charlotte is 3-3 and coming off a 27-24 loss to that same Gardner Webb squad. This is The Citadel’s final non-conference game before returning to SoCon play for the duration of the season. Read more

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Jacob Huesman UTC

2014 SoCon Week 6 Recap

Once again a terrific week of Southern Conference football! Read more

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Aaron MillerCitadel

2014 SoCon Week 6 Preview: The Citadel at Wofford

Wofford and Citadel each kick off their conference schedule on Saturday at Gibbs Stadium in Spartanburg, SC. The Terriers enter at 2-2 with wins over North Greenville and Virginia Wise while the Bulldogs got their first win over Gardner Webb last week in Charleston to improve to 1-3. This is always an interesting match-up between two traditional run oriented, option attacks. Wofford has beaten their cross state foes 15 consecutive seasons dating back to a 1998 win by The Citadel. Could this be the year? Read more

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Aaron Miller The Citadel

2014 SoCon Week 5 Preview: Gardner Webb at The Citadel

Gardner Webb continues their SoCon heavy non-conference schedule with a trip to Charleston to play The Citadel Bulldogs. GW has already played Furman (lost 13-3) and Wofford (won 43-36) with The Citadel and VMI still to play. The Citadel, ironically enough, has played a heavy Big South non-conference schedule with losses to Coastal Carolina and Charleston Southern already on the books. This is an interesting match-up simply for the contrast in style of play with the run heavy triple option attack of The Citadel vs. the spread attack of GW. Read more

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