Saturday, November 18, 2017

Former WCU Football HC battles cancer

It has been a great season for the Cherokee Braves, but the man that leads this football team is fighting an ultimate fight, again. Our prayers go out to Kent Briggs.


 


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Friday, November 17, 2017

WCU at UNC - Head-to-Head Comparison

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

WCU 2-Deep vs. Tar Heels

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Game #12: North Carolina







In Western Carolina's twelfth and final regular season game, the Cats travel to Chapel Hill for the first-ever meeting with the Tar Heels on the gridiron. This will also be the second FBS game of the season for the Cats..

Western Carolina will play the Tar Heels for a second time in the 2018 season, again in Chapel Hill.


When: Saturday, November 18 (Time - TBA)
Where: Kenan Stadium (63,000) - Natural Grass -  Chapel Hill, NC
Weather forcast:
SAT
NOV 18
AM Showers
63°40°
40%
SW 13 mph

Radio: Catamount Sports Network
- Talent:  Gary Ayers (pxp), Daniel Hooker (color), Jeff Bryson, Greg McLamb (sideline)
TV / Video: ACC Network Extra
Head Coach: Larry Fedora (Austin College, ‘85)
Game Notes:   Western Carolina  -  UNC -  SoCon Weekly Review

Record at North Carolina: 42-33 (5 yrs)
Career Record: 76-52 (9 yrs)
Basic Offense: Spread
Basic Defense: 4–3
Lettermen Returning / Lost: 32 / 20
Starters - Returning / Lost (O/D/S): 15 (5/7/3) / 12 (6/4/2)
Series History: First Meeting

Last season's record (Tar Heels):  8-5 overall, 4-2 home, 4-1 away, 5-3 ACC - The Tar Heels ended the season losing 3 of their last 4 games.

Games played by UNC this season prior to the WCU game: (9) - 2017 Record: 2-8 overall, 1-6 conf., 0-6 home, 2-2 away
-Cal (home) Lost 30-35 to the Bears
-Louisville (home) lost 35-47
-Old Dominion (away) won 53-23
-Duke (home) lost 17-27
-Georgia Tech (away) lost 7-33
-Notre Dame (home) lost 10-33
-Virginia (home) lost 14-20
-Virginia Tech (away) lost 7-59
-Miami (home) lost 10-24
-Pitt (away) won 34-31


Key Offensive losses: C - Lucas Crowley, OT - Jon Heck, TB - Elijah Hood, WR - Bug Howard, WR - Ryan Switzer, QB - Mitch Trubisky

Key Defensive losses: DE - Mikey Bart, S - Dominquie Green, DT - Naz Jones CB - Des Lawrence

The Tar Heels returned just 13  percent of their total offense (passing, rushing, receiving) from last year's team. They had to replace their top passer, two leading rushers and three standout wide receivers from last season.

The Tar Heels have had a significant injury problem this season, below is a partial list of players out for the season:
Corey Bell Jr., CB  - Junior
Antwuan Branch, TB  - Freshman
Jesse Cuccia, S  - Junior
Luke Elder, OL  - Redshirt Freshman
D.J. Ford, S  - Sophomore
Rontavius Groves, WR   - Redshirt Freshman
Tommy Hatton, OL   - Sophomore
Thomas Jackson, WR  -  Junior
Devin Perry, WR    -  Junior
Tyler Powell, DL   - Senior
Austin Proehl, WR   - Senior
Jacob Schmidt, TB  -  Junior
Andre Smith, LB   -  Junior
William Sweet, OT   -  Sophomore
Carl Tucker, TE    -  Sophmore
Noah Turner, TE   -   Sophomore

2017 UNC Statistics (thru 10 games):
Rushing Offense: 1695 yards
Yards per game: 133
Yards per rush: 3.7 yards
Rushing 1st downs: 68
TDs rushing: 14
Passing Offense: 2129 yards or 213 yards per game
Avg. per pass: 6.4 yards
Passing 1st downs: 102
Passing Comp-Att-Int: 332-180-14
TDs Passing: 13
Total Offense: 3464 yards or 346 yards per game
Fumbles-Lost: 14 - 6
Field goal attempts: 15 - 21
PAT-Attempts: 51 of 52 (98%)
On-side kicks: 0-1
Red Zone Scores: 23 of 29
Red Zone Touchdowns: 19 of 29
Punts - Yards: 50 - 2134

and lastly..... guess who is the quarterbacks coach  at UNC?   answer.......  Keith Heckendorf

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Friday, November 10, 2017

WCU 2-Deep Roster vs. Mercer

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This week's Purple & Gold football picks (11-11-17)





It's week #11 in the SoCon, and time to pick Saturday's games.

All four games are set for Saturday, and all four are conference games.






Wofford (8-1, 6-1 SoCon) at VMI  (0-10, 0-7 SoCon)   1:30 pm - watch on ESPN3
The Terriers travel to Lexington and continue on beatdowns of the Keydets. Wofford assures itself of a slice of the conference chanpionship and the auto-bid to the NCAA with a 35-10 win over VMI/


The Citadel (5-4, 3-4 SoCon) at Furman (6-3, 5-1 SoCon)  2:00 pm EDT - watch on ESPN3
The Bulldogs travel to Travler's Rest to play the Paladins in an important game for both teams. The defending champion Bulldogs are playing for honor and Paladins are playing for a chance of an at-large NCAA bid and a potential slice of the SoCon championship.  The Paladins are too strong for the dogs as they pick up a 28-14 win over the Citadel.


Mercer (4-5, 3-4 SoCon) at Western Carolina (7-3, 5-2 SoCon)  2:00 pm EDT - watch on ESPN3
The Bears travel to Cullowhee, hoping for a repeat victory over the Cats. Western is playing for an at-large playoff bid and has not been statically eliminated from a share of the conference crown (would require losses by Wofford and Furman).  The Cats do their part, picking up win #8, with a 28-21 victory.

ETSU (4-5, 2-4 SoCon) at Samford (6-2, 4-2 SoCon)    3:00 pm EDT - watch on ESPN3
The Bucs travel to Birmingham to face the Bulldogs in what is a must-win game for Samford if their hopes for an at-large playoff berth are to continue. The Bulldogs roll to a 35-14 win over the Bucs.






Record this season:
42-11 overall








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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

2017 SoCon Football Power Rankings - (Week #10)




Welcome to Purple & Gold's 2017 SoCon Football Power Rankings.

Each Tuesday throughout the season, we'll release that week's Power Rankings.






Here's this week's P&G rankings after week #10 of play,.


1. Wofford (8-1, 6-1 SoCon)
Next:  VMI

2. Furman (6-3, 5-1 SoCon)
Next:  Citadel

3.  Western Carolina (7-3, 5-2 SoCon)
Next: Mercer

4. Samford (6-3, 4-2 SoCon)
Next: ETSU

5. Mercer (4-5, 3-4 SoCon)
Next:  @ Western Carolina

6. The Citadel (5-4, 3-4 SoCon)
Next:  @ Furman

7. East Tennessee State (4-5, 2-4 SoCon)
Next:  @ Samford

8. Chattanooga (2-8, 2-5 SoCon)
Next:  bye

9. Virginia Military Institute (0-10, 0-7 SoCon)
Next:  @ Wofford




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Monday, November 6, 2017

Game #11: Mercer






In the Cat's eleventh game of the season, the Mercer Bears travel to Cullowhee for the Cats fifth & final home game of the regular season.

Western faces the Bears for just the fourth time since Mercer joined the Southern Conference.

When: Saturday, November 11 at 2:00 pm
Where: E.J. Whitmire Stadium, Cullowhee, NC
Radio: Catamount Sports Network
- Talent: Gary Ayers (pxp), Greg McLamb (color), Jeff Bryson, Dan Gibson (sideline)
TV / video: ESPN3 The Series
- Talent: Daniel Hooker (pxp), Kyle Rush (color) & Katie Miller (sideline)
Fan Message Board:  MU Bear Down
Game Notes:     Western Carolina     -     Mercer    -     SoCon Weekly Release

Head Coach: Bobby Lamb (Furman, ‘87)
Record at Mercer: 32-24 (4 yrs)
Career Record: 98-64 (14 yrs)
Basic Offense: Pistol
Basic Defense: 3-4
Lettermen Returning / Lost: 41 / 30
Starters Returning / Lost (O/D/S): 15 (7/6/2) / 10 (4/5/1)
The Series:  In only the 4th meeting between the two teams, the Cats own a 2-1 record over the visiting Bears, having lost last season in Macon, GA. Western is 1-0 against the Bears in Cullowhee.

Last Season's Game vs. Mercer (Oct. 15, 2016) Catamount Football Falls to Mercer, 38-24 Macon, GA - Alex Lakes rushed for 112 yards with two touchdowns and Mercer pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat Western Carolina 38-24 on Saturday in Southern Conference action at Five Star Stadium. Western Carolina made it a seven-point game with 5:48 to go on Logan Howard's 30-yard field goal. The ensuing kickoff was returned 31 yards by Chandler Curtis and a 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty set up Mercer on the WCU 40. Seven plays later, Lakes' 2-yard plunge sealed it with 1:53 left.

Last season's record (Mercer): 6-5 overall, 4-1 home, 2-4 away, 4-4 SoCon

Games played by the Bears this season prior to the WCU game: (9) - Record this season: 4-5 overall, 3-4 conference, 3-2 home, 1-3 away
-Jacksonville (home) The Bears kicked off the season big, with a 47-7 win over Jacksonville
-Wofford (home) Mercer dropped a one-point game to the #10 Terriers in game two, 27-18
-Auburn (away) Mercer has a good showing in 10-24 loss to FBS foe Auburn
-ETSU (away) The Bears woes start when they lose in  overtime to upstart ETSU by three points, 23-26
-VMI (home) Mercer gets on right track with a 49-14 win over winless VMI
-The Citadel (away) The Bears surprise the #17 Bulldogs on the road,  24-14
- Chattanooga (home) Mercer continues the wining streak by beating the Mocs, 30-10
-Furman (away) - The Bears road woes continue in Greenville, as the Paladins win 21-28
-Samford (home) Mercer starts a new streak, this time in losses as the #14 Dogs hold Mercer to a field goal

Key Losses:  QB John Russ, OL Bret Niederreither, OL Kirby Southard, OL Avery White, Punter Tyler Zielenske

The Bears were picked fifth in the SoCon preseason polls returning 14 starters from last season's 6-5 team. The fifth-place vote is Mercer's second highest in four years as a SoCon football member. Offensive lineman Thomas Marchman, tight end Sam Walker and placekicker Cole Fisher were named to the Preseason All-SoCon First Team. Wide receiver Marquise Irvin, offensive lineman Caleb Yates, defensive lineman Isaiah Buehler and return specialist Chandler Curtis earned Preseason All-SoCon Second Team honors.

In scoring offense, the Cats continue to lead SoCon scoring offense, with the Bears at #5, averaging 26 points per game. The Cats are #4 in scoring defense, giving up 22.5 points per game, and the Bears rank #1 in that category, only giving up 19 points per game.  Western comes in at #3 in rushing (249 yards), while the Bears are #5 (139 yards) .

With only two games remaining for the Bears, both on the road (WCU & Alabama), the 4-5 Bears are out of the running for both a conference title and an at-large NCAA bid. The Bears scheduled two FBS opponents this year (WCU fans know this game well) which hurt their chances of coming up with the 7 DI wins needed to be considered for an at-large bid. Mercer can only hope to play the role of "spoiler" when they visit Cullowhee next Saturday.  While the Cats have their 7 wins, most feel that this year 8 may be needed to guarantee a birth, if the Missouri Valley and CAA receive unusually large playoff numbers.

2017 Mercer Statistics (thru 9 games):
Points per game:  26
Rushing Offense: 1475 yards
Yards per game: 139
Yards per rush: 3.6 yards
Rushing 1st downs: 76
TDs rushing: 17
Passing Offense: 1898 yards or 211 yards per game
Avg. per pass: 7.4 yards
Passing 1st downs: 76
Passing Comp-Att-Int: 257-159-7
TDs Passing: 13
Total Offense: 350 yards per game
Fumbles-Lost: 8 - 5
3d Down Conversions: 44 of 120 (37%)
4th Down Conversions: 4 of 10 (40%)
Field goal - attempts: 7 - 11
PAT-Attempts: 36 of 38 (95%)
On-side kicks: 0-0
Red Zone Scores: 29 of 31
Red Zone Touchdowns: 22 of 31
Punts - Yards: 48 - 1912



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Sunday, November 5, 2017

Cam Brown, thank you for being an inspiration

Saturday's SoCon Football Round-up (11-4-17)



Week #10 is now in the books, here's how the games played out.....


Chattanooga at Wofford
Football Survives In Double Overtime
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – On Saturday afternoon, the Wofford College football team had a 34-yard field goal in the second overtime against Chattanooga for a 24-21 win at Gibbs Stadium. The Mocs tied the game with a touchdown and two-point conversion with 16 seconds left in regulation. Wofford scored first to open overtime and Chattanooga matched the touchdown. On the first play of the second overtime, Wofford's Devin Watson intercepted a Chattanooga pass. Luke Carter then hit a field goal for the victory.


Western Carolina at The Citadel
Catamount Football Scores Road Win at The Citadel, 31-19
Charleston, S.C. - Redshirt sophomore QB Tyrie Adams threw for three touchdowns -- two to redshirt senior WR Terryon Robinson -- and Detrez Newsome rushed for 197 yards including an 81-yard touchdown romp as Western Carolina outlasted The Citadel, 31-19, on Saturday afternoon in Southern Conference action at Johnson Hagood Stadium. WCU's defense forced five turnovers in the road win including three interceptions against the run-oriented triple-option attack of the Bulldogs -- two that thwarted would-be scoring drives for the home squad -- while adding a pair of fumble recoveries as WCU scored its first road win over the Bulldogs since 2010. Marvin Tillman came up with two interceptions to pace the Catamount defense.


Samford at Mercer
No. 15 Football Earns Key SoCon Road Win At Mercer, 20-3
MACON, Ga. – The 15th-ranked Samford football team used a strong performance on both sides of the ball to earn an impressive 20-3 Southern Conference road victory at Mercer Saturday afternoon at Five Star Stadium. "This was a big win for our team, and we needed it," Samford head coach Chris Hatcher said. "We didn't play very well last week, but we came out today, and with a lot of guys not making the trip, we had a lot of guys step up today and play very well. I'm really proud of all three phases."


VMI at ETSU
Defense, second-half surge lift Bucs past VMI, 24-6 
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Nov. 4, 2017) – In the first Senior Day home finale for William B. Greene, Jr. Stadium, the ETSU football team used a suffocating defensive effort and a 14-point scoring surge in the second half to race past Southern Conference foe VMI, 24-6, Saturday afternoon. Playing in front of a crowd of 7,327 fans, the Buccaneers improved to 4-5 overall and 2-4 in SoCon play. ETSU also kept alive its hopes of a winning season as the Bucs face a pair of SoCon road contests beginning next Saturday at No. 15 Samford. For the year, ETSU finished with a 4-2 record inside Greene Stadium.


The Standings after week #10
1. Wofford -           SoCon 6-1, overall 8-1
2. Furman -           SoCon 5-1, overall 6-3
3. WCU-                SoCon 5-2 overall 7-3
4. Samford -          SoCon 4-2, overall 6-3
5. The Citadel -     SoCon 3-4, overall 5-4
5. Mercer -            SoCon 3-4, overall 4-5
7. ETSU -              SoCon 2-4, overall 5-4
8. Chattanooga -   SoCon 2-5, overall 2-8
9. VMI -                 SoCon 0-7, overall 0-10




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Saturday, November 4, 2017

WCU Players of the Game (the Citadel)





We're back with Purple & Gold's Catamount Players of the Game. 

This week's selection is for the Citadel game played in Charleston, SC.


                                                                       

Robinson 


     The Offensive Player of the Game is Terryon Robinson


    The Defensive Player of the Game is the entire WCU Defensive Squad   



Redshirt senior Terryon Robinson pulled in 6 passes for 71 yards and two touchdowns. Robinson hauled in a 32-yard touchdown pass from Adams to close out a wild back-and-forth close to the first half, carrying a 17-10 lead into halftime.

WCU’s defense forced five turnovers in the road win including three interceptions against the run-oriented triple-option attack of the Bulldogs – two that thwarted would-be scoring drives for the home squad – while adding a pair of fumble recoveries as WCU scored its first road win over the Bulldogs since 2010. Marvin Tillman came up with two interceptions to pace the Catamount defense. Four defenders finished with double-digit tackles with linebackers Daniel Riddle and A.J. Newman finishing with 13 apiece with Riddle intercepting a third pass in The Citadel’s end zone. Linebacker Kendall White recorded 11 and lineman Nate Link finished with 10.


Purple & Gold congratulates Terryon Robinson & the entire WCU Defense on their accomplishments in the Citadel victory.




The Defense
Robinson  



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Cam Brown

Florida High Executive Director Stacy Chambers released a statement this morning:

Today I share with you the saddest of news. Our sweet, kind and brave Cam Brown peacefully passed away this morning.

For those who may be new to FSUS, Cam graduated from FSUS in May. He had committed to continue his education at Western Carolina University and to play football with them.

Shortly before graduation, Cam was diagnosed with cancer. Our community and all of FSUS continued to support him throughout treatment. We will continue to be there for them now.

Cam’s family is requesting privacy as they grieve. At the family’s request, please refrain from calling, texting or visiting their home.

We will share when we know of arrangements. We will have counselors and faculty on campus to provide support tomorrow, Sunday, November 5th from 1-:4:00. (Please remember that daylight savings time starts tonight; turning clocks back one hour).

Know that you all continue to amaze me with how much you care for all of our students. With much love and appreciation,

Dr. Chambers

Friday, November 3, 2017

Head-to-Head Comparison: vs. The Citadel

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This week's Purple & Gold football picks (11-4-17)





It's week #10 in the SoCon, and time to pick Saturday's games.

All four games are set for Saturday, and all four are conference games.






Chattanooga (2-7, 2-4 SoCon) at Wofford  (7-1, 5-1 SoCon)   1:30 pm - watch on ESPN3
The Mocs travel to Spartanburg to meet the Terriers, and hoping for another upset.  Unfortunately for UTC, the short haired dogs continue to ground out yardage, and wins picking up a 27-14 victory at home.


Western Carolina (6-3, 4-2 SoCon) at The Citadel (5-3, 3-3 SoCon)  2:00 pm EDT - watch on ESPN3
The Cats travel to the SC lowcounrty to meet the Bulldogs in Charleston. The dogs are riding a two-game win streak, while the Cats are coming off a disappointing loss to Furman in Cullowhee. The Cats rebound, handing the dogs their third home loss of the season, 28-24.


Samford (5-3, 3-2 SoCon) at Mercer (4-4, 3-3 SoCon)  3:00 pm EDT - watch on ESPN3
The Bulldogs travel to Macon hoping to keep their playoff hopes alive, however, the home-standing Bears have other ideas and want to play spoiler over the nationally ranked dogs. Samford chokes, and the Bears win by 3.   


VMI (0-9, 0-6 SoCon) at ETSU (3-6, 1-4 SoCon)    3:00 pm EDT - watch on ESPN3
The Keydets visit the new Buc football stadium, where they receive a rude reception by the Bucs in the form of a 3 touchdown loss to ETSU, 35-14.






Record this season:
39-10 overall








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Monday, October 30, 2017

Game #10: The Citadel



For the tenth game of the season, the Cats travel to Charleston to meet the Bulldogs of The Citadel.

Western faces the Bulldogs for the forty-second time since 1972.

When: Saturday, November 4 at 2:00 pm
Where: Johnson Hagood Stadium (natural grass), Charleston, SC
Radio: Catamount Sports Network
- Talent: Gary Ayers (pxp), Daniel Hooker (color), Jeff Bryson, Greg McLamb (sideline)
TV / video: ESPN3
Fan Message BoardThe Citadel Message Board
Game NotesWestern Carolina   -   Citadel    -   SoCon Weekly Update

Head Coach: Brent Thompson (Norwich, ‘98)
Record at The Citadel: 10-2 (1 yr)
Career Record: Same
Basic Offense: Triple Option
Basic Defense: Multiple
Lettermen Returning / Lost: 37 / 21
Starters Returning / Lost (O/D/S):  9 (3/6/0) / 15 (8/5/2)
Series History: WCU trails 16-24-1 (L-2); Last Mtg 2016 - Western trails The Citadel 16-24-1 overall in the series, losing the last two games to the Bulldogs. The Cats are 6-13 in games played in Charleston and Coach Speir is 1-4 against the Citadel.

Last Season's Game vs. The Citadel (Oct. 1, 2016) - Western Carolina Falls 37-14 to The Citadel - Cullowhee, NC - The Bulldog's Reggie Williams ran for 133 yards on 17 carries, Rod Johnson had three rushing touchdowns, and The Citadel cruised to a 37-14 win over Western Carolina on Saturday. Johnson finished with 69 yards on just six carries. Cam Jackson added 85 yards on the ground and also threw a 75-yard touchdown pass on a trick-play to running back Tyler Renew. Renew also had 77 yards on the ground for the Bulldogs (4-0, 3-0 Southern Conference), who ran 84 times for 513 yards as a team.

Last season's Record (The Citadel): 10-2 overall, 4-1 home, 6-1 away, 8-0 SoCon

Ganes played by the Bulldogs this season prior to the WCU game: (8) - Record 5-3 overall, 3-3 conference, 2-2 home, 3-1 away
- Newberry (home) Dogs beat Div II Newberry, 31-14
- PC (away) Dogs travel to PC, pick up a 48-7 victory
- ETSU (away)  Dog travel to Johnson City, nip the Bucs, 31-25
- Samford (away) Citadel dogs thrashed by Birmingham dogs, 14-35
- Mercer (home) Bears beat the dogs in Charleston, 14-24
- Wofford (home)  Terriers sneak by the Bulldogs, 16-20
- Chattanooga (away) Mocs fall to the Bulldogs 20-14 in Chattanooga
- VMI (home) Keydets drop  rivalry game, 21-3 to the Bulldogs

The Bulldogs were ranked 12 in the FCS Coaches Preseason Top 25 poll, and placed six players on the preseason All-SoCon teams, led by the preseason Defensive Player of the Year Kailik Williams.  He was joined by senior A-Back Cam Jackson and junior offensive lineman Tyler Davis on the first team. Senior linebacker Myles Pierce, senior defensive lineman Jonathan King and junior defensive lineman Ken Allen were voted to the second team.

However the season has not lived up to expectations, as the dogs dropped out of national rankings after losses to Samford, Mercer and Wofford.  The Bulldogs have rebounded somewhat with wins over the two last place teams in the SoCon, Chattanooga and VMI.  But the Bulldgs are expecting to extend that 2 game win streak to 3, with a rushing offense that continues to lead the conference, putting up 322 yards per game on the ground. The Cats are currently in 6th place in rushing defense in the conference.

2017 The Citadel Statistics through 8 games:
Rushing Offense: 2573 yards
Yards per game: 322
Yards per rush: 5.3 yards
Rushing 1st downs: 133
TDs rushing: 20
Passing Offense: 705 yards or 88 yards per game
Avg. per pass: 6.8 yards
Passing 1st downs: 26
Passing Comp-Att-Int: 41-104-3
TDs Passing: 6
Total Offense: 3278 yards or 410 yards per game
Fumbles-Lost: 16 -5
3d Down Conversions: 57 of 126
4th Down Conversions: 6 of 16
Field goal attempts: 4 - 12
PAT-Attempts: 25 of 26 (98%)
On-side kicks: 1-1
Red Zone Scores: 21 of 34 (62%)
Red Zone Touchdowns: 19 of 34 (56%)
Punts - Yards: 36 - 13 - 96
Avg per punt: 39




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Friday, October 27, 2017

This week's Purple & Gold football picks (10-28-17)





It's week #9 in the SoCon, and time to pick Saturday's games.

All four games are set for Saturday, and all four are conference games. Mercer has a bye week.





Wofford  (6-1, 4-1 SoCon) at ETSU (3-4, 1-3 SoCon)   1:00 noon - watch on ESPN3
The Terriers travel to Johnson City to take on the Bucs in what will be another close game. This week, Wofford gets back on the winning side with a 28-21 win over ETSU


VMI (0-8, 05 SoCon) at The Citadel (4-3, 2-3 SoCon)  2:00 pm EDT - watch on ESPN3
The Keydets travel to Charleston to meet the Bulldogs of the Citadel in the Military Classic of the South. Unfortunately for VMI, the dogs will own this game, as they pull out a 21-14 win, and they get to keep that silver "thingamajig" (band cap).


Chattanooga (0-7, 1-4 SoCon) at Samford (5-2, 3-1 SoCon)  3:00 pm EDT - watch on ESPN3
While the Mocs have made some adjustments and improvement, its just too big a battle this week against the Bulldogs. Samford rolls this week with a 35-21 win.


Furman (5-3, 4-1 SoCon) at Western Carolina (6-2, 4-1 SoCon)    3:30 pm EDT - watch on ESPN3
Furman travels up the mountain to play the Cats in what is the SoCon Game of the Week.  The two hottest teams in the SoCon battle to remain in 1st place and for Purple Supremacy. The Cats make it win #7, with a 35-28 win over the Paladins.






Record this season:
37-8 overall








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Thursday, October 26, 2017

2017 "Battle for Purple Supremacy" - WCU vs. Furman Hype

WCU 2-Deep vs. Furman

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Catamount Football Weekly: Furman

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

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2017 SoCon Football Power Rankings - (Week #8)




Welcome to Purple & Gold's 2017 SoCon Football Power Rankings.

Each Tuesday throughout the season, we'll release that week's Power Rankings.






Here's this week's P&G rankings after week #8 of play, last week's rank in parentheses.



1. (2) (tie)  Western Carolina (6-2, 4-1 SoCon)
Next: Furman

1. (3) (tie)  Samford (5-2, 3-1 SoCon)
Next: Chattanooga

3. (1) Wofford (6-1, 4-1 SoCon)
Next:  @ ETSU

4. (4) Furman (5-3, 4-1 SoCon)
Next:  @ Western Carolina

5. (6) The Citadel (4-3, 2-3 SoCon)
Next:  VMI

6. (5) Mercer (4-3, 3-2 SoCon)
Next:  @ Furman

7. (7) East Tennessee State (3-4, 1-3 SoCon)
Next:  Wofford

8. (8) Chattanooga (1-7, 1-4 SoCon)
Next:   @ Samford

9. (9) Virginia Military Institute (0-8, 0-5 SoCon)
Next:  @ The Citadel




Watch for Friday's SoCon picks.......  Record this year 37-9




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Monday, October 23, 2017

Homecoming Schedule

Courtesy WCU Athletics Media Relations

Game #9: Furman







For the ninth game of the season, the Cats host the Furman Paladins for this year's fourth home game and what is definitely the SoCon Game of the Week.  It's also Homecoming weekend in the valley.

The Cats dropped a 28 point loss to the Paladins in last season on the road after winning 48-19 at home in 2015. Both Furman and Western are on the upswing this season and with both teams sharing first place with Wofford, both teams need a win to stay in contention for a share of the SoCon title.


When: Saturday, October 28 at 3:30 pm
Where: E.J. Whitmire Stadium, Cullowhee, NC
Radio: Catamount Sports Network
- Talent:  Gary Ayers (pxp), Greg McLamb (color), Jeff Bryson, Dan Gibson (sideline)
TV/video: ESPN3
- Talent:  Daniel Hooker (pxp), Kyle Rush (color) & Katie Miller (sideline)
Fan Message Board:  TheUnofficialPaladianFootballPage
Game Notes:   Western Carolina    -      Furman     -     SoCon Weekly Release

Head Coach: Clay Hendrix (Furman, ‘86) First Year
Record at Furman: 5-3, 4-1 SoCon
Career Record: Same
Basic Offense: Multiple
Basic Defense: Multiple
Lettermen Returning / Lost: 38 / 27
Starters Returning / Lost (O/D/S): 11 (4/4/3) / 15 (7/7/1)
Series History: WCU trails 12-30-2 (L-1); Last Mtg 2016 - The Cats have won the two of the last three games, but are only 12-30-2 overall against the Paladins in the series, and 6-14-1 in games played in Cullowhee.

Last Season's Game vs. Furman (Nov. 12, 2016) Camount Football Drops Road Game at Furman, 49-21 - Greenville, S.C. - Junior tailback Detrez Newsome rushed for a pair of first half touchdowns and receiver Spearman Robinson capped a double-digit reception day with a score, but it was not enough as Furman pulled away from Western Carolina in the second half, handing the Catamounts a 49-21 loss Saturday evening at Paladin Stadium.

Last season's Record (Furman):  3-8 overall,  1-4 home,  2-4 away,  3-5 conference (conference wins over ETSU, VMI, & WCU)

Ganes played by the Paladins this season prior to the WCU game: (8) - Record this season:  5-3 overall, 4-1 conference,  3-1 home, 2-2 away
- Wofford (away) - Terriers hold off Furman in season opener, 24-23
- Elon (home) - A field goal in the final 5 seconds by the Phonix lifts them over Furman, 34-31
- NC State (away) - State rolls over the Paladins, 49-16
- Colgate  (away) - Colgate strong arms the Paladins, 45-14
- ETSU (home) - The Paladins runs past the Bucs, 56-35
- Chattanooga (away) - The Paladins roll past the Mocs, 41-17
- VMI (home) - Furman handles the Keydets, 42-10
- Mercer (home) - The Paladins hold off the Bears to win, 28-21

Key Personnel Returned: Offense - Terrell Bush (OG), Matthew Gordon (WR), Logan McCarter (WR), Matthew Schmidt (C) Defense - Aaquil Annoor (S), Joe Farrar (S), Chinedu Okonya (DE), Jaylan Reid (DT)

Furman was the seventh place pick in the Southern Conference coaches preseason poll, and four Paladins were named to preseason all-conference teams. Furman garnered 26 points in the coaches poll to place seventh, finishing ahead of East Tennessee State (17) and VMI (12). Paladin senior center Matthew Schmidt was the Paladins' lone representative on the preseason all-conference first team. Earning second-team accolades were senior fullback Antonio Wilcox, redshirt junior nose guard Jaylan Reid, and junior safety Aaquil Annoor.

The Paladins have exceeded everyone's expectations this season, much like Western Carolina. In eight games this season, the Cats and Paladins rank 1 & 2 (in that order) in scoring offense in the SoCon and 4 & 5 (in that order) in scoring defense.  In total offense, they are 1 & 2, while in total defense, the Cats are at #4 while the Paladins are #7.  In rushing, they are 3 & 4 (with the Cats on top), and in rushing defense, the Cats are at #5 while Furman comes in at #2.

2017 Furman Statistics (8 games):
Scoring: 35.2 PPG
Rushing Offense: 1824 yards
Yards per game: 228
Yards per rush: 4.4 yards
Rushing 1st downs: 98
TDs rushing: 23
Passing Offense: 1588 yards or 199 yards per game
Avg. per pass: 10.6 yards
Passing 1st downs: 70
Passing Comp-Att-Int: 94-150-2
TDs Passing: 13
Total Offense: 3412 yards or 427 yards per game
Fumbles-Lost: 12 - 7
3d Down Conversions: 59 of 116 (51%)
4th Down Conversions: 12 of 16 (75%)
Field goal attempts: 6 - 9
PAT-Attempts: 36 of 36
On-side kicks: 0-1
Red Zone Scores: 29 of 33 (88%)
Red Zone Touchdowns: 25 of 33 (76%)
Punts - Yards: 28 - 1163 - Avg per punt: 42




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