Tuesday, September 19, 2017

2017 SoCon Football Power Rankings - (Week #3)




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, last week's rank in parentheses.





1. (1) Wofford (2-0, 2-0 SoCon)
Next:  Gardner-Webb

2. (2) The Citadel (3-0, 1-0 SoCon)
Next: Bye

3. (4) Samford (2-1, 0-0 SoCon)
Next: @ Western Carolina

4. (3) Mercer (1-2, 0-1 SoCon)
Next: @ ETSU

5. (5) Western Carolina (2-1, 0-0 SoCon)
Next: Samford

6. (7) Furman (0-3, 0-1 SoCon)
Next:  @ Colgate

7. (6) Chattanooga (0-3, 0-0 SoCon)
Next: @ VMI

8 (8) East Tennessee State (1-2, 0-1 SoCon)
Next: The Citadel

9. (9) Virginia Military Institute (0-3, 0-0 SoCon)
Next: Chattanooga



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Monday, September 18, 2017

Game #4 - Samford




In game four, the Cats return to Cullowhee and the friendly confines of Whitmire Stadium. This will be "family weekend" in Cullowhee and a large crowd is expected, not just because of family weekend, but the Cats are now riding a two-game win streak with wins over Davidson and Gardner-Webb. Adding to the excitement and crowd size is the fact the Cats face the #17 Samford Bulldogs in SoCon opener for Western Carolina. The last time the Cats had a victory over the Dogs was in 2015, and you guessed it, the game was in Cullowhee.

For the second straight week, the Cats face a quarterback that was selected preseason Offensive Player of the Year. At GWU, it was the Big South POY Tyrell Maxwell, and for Samford, it will be SoCon's POY Devlin Hodges.  I think both are being outshined by WCU's own Tyrie Adams. Certainly, head-to-head against Maxwell, Adams got the job done.

When: Saturday, September 23 - Time 3:30 pm ET
Where: E.J. Whitmire Stadium, Bob Waters Field, Cullowhee, NC
Radio: Catamount Sports Network 
  Tallent:  Gary Ayers (pxp), Greg McLamb (color), Jeff Bryson, Dan Gibson (sideline)
TV/video:  ESPN3  (Watch ESPN)
  Talent:  Daniel Hooker (pxp), Kyle Rush (color) & Katie Miller (sideline)
Game Notes:  Western Carolina    -    Samford   -     SoCon Weekly  (as available)

Head Coach: Chris Hatcher (Valdosta State, ‘94) 

Record at Samford: 13-10 (2 yrs) 
Career Record: 134-67 (17 yrs) 
Basic Offense: Spread 
Basic Defense:  4–3 
Lettermen Returning / Lost:  57 / 27 
Starters Returning / Lost (O/D): 12 (5/7) / 10 (6/4) 

The Series: The Cats are 2-12 overall against the Bulldogs since winning the first outing back in 1969. Samford owned an eleven game winning streak against Western until 2015 when the Cats broke that streak in Cullowhee with a 56-36 win over the Dogs. The Cats are 1-5 against the Dogs in Cullowhee, and 1-7 in games played in Birmingham.


Games played by the Dogs this season prior to the WCU contest: (3) 
- KSU (home) - After a three-hour weather delay at halftime, the 19th-ranked Samford football team came from behind to earn a season-opening 28-23 win over Kennesaw State
- West Alabama  (Div II) (home) - The Samford football team built a 35-7 halftime lead and held on late to defeat the West Alabama Tigers, 49-41 Thursday night at Seibert Stadium.
- Georgia  @ Athens, GA - The Samford football team dropped a 42-14 decision at 13th-ranked Georgia Saturday night at Sanford Stadium.

Last WCU game played vs. Samford: (10-22-16) Western Carolina Football Falls at No. 20 Samford, 30-17  -  Karel Hamilton recorded 16 receptions for a game-high 208 yards and two receiving touchdowns to highlight a strong passing performance by No. 20 Samford as the Bulldogs handed Western Carolina a 30-17 defeat Saturday night in Southern Conference action at Seibert Stadium


Top returnees:  Devlin Hodges, last season's SoCon POY,  LB  Shaheed Salmon, CB Omari Williams, DL Ahmad Gooden

The Samford football team has been highly ranked in 2017 preseason polls by several publications and websites. SouthernPigskin.com has Samford ranked the highest of any preseason poll, placing the Bulldogs 9th in the nation. Athlon Sports places Samford 18th, while the Dogs are ranked 20th in Street and Smith's preseason poll. Samford returns five starters on offense and seven starters on defense from the 2016 squad.

Last year's team posted a record of 7-5 overall and 5-3 in Southern Conference games, marking Samford's sixth-straight winning season. Among the returning starters are first-team All-SoCon honorees quarterback Devlin Hodges (Off. POY), linebacker Shaheed Salmon, cornerback Omari Williams and defensive lineman Ahmad Gooden.

In preseason honors, Samford junior quarterback Devlin Hodges was named the Southern Conference's Preseason Offensive Player of the Year. Hodges was joined on the first team by wide receiver Kelvin McKnight, defensive lineman Ahmad Gooden, linebacker Shaheed Salmon and defensive back Omari Williams. Punter Austin Barnard was named to the second team.

As a team, Samford was picked to finish in third place in the SoCon in both the coaches and media polls. However, the Bulldogs don't seem to be able to stop the big play down the field this season. West Alabama's Harry Satterwhite threw for 401 yards against the Samford defense and the Jaguars finished with 464 yards in the air. This season with three games under their belt. the Bulldogs are currently 3d in the SoCon in scoring offense, averaging 30.3 ppg, and 5th in total offense with 333 ypg. On the defensive side, the Dogs are in 7th place in scoring defense, giving up35.3 ppg and rank ninth in total defense, giving up 508.7 yards per game. Samford is in 8th place in rushing offense, and second in passing offense (behind WCU).  

2017 Samford Statistics (3 games):
Rushing Offense: 214 yards
Yards per game: 71
Yards per rush: 2.4 yards
Rushing 1st downs: 13
TDs rushing: 1
Passing Offense: 785 yards or 262 yards per game
Passing 1st downs: 34
Passing Comp-Att-Int: 72-106-2
TDs Passing: 9
Total Offense: 999 yards or 333 yards per game
Fumbles-Lost: 8-2
3d Down Conversions: 17 of 42
4th Down Conversions: 0 of 2
Field goal attempts:  0 - 1
PAT-Attempts:  13-13
Red Zone Scores6 of 8 (75%)
Red Zone Touchdowns6 of 8 (75%)


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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Saturday's SoCon Football Round-up (9-17-17)




Week #3 is now in the books, here's how the games played out.......


Samford at #13 Georgia
Football Falls At No. 13 Georgia Saturday Evening
ATHENS, Ga. – The Samford football team dropped a 42-14 decision at 13th-ranked Georgia Saturday night at Sanford Stadium. The game was played in front of a crowd of 92,746 fans, the largest crowd any Samford team has ever played before. Samford falls to 2-1 with the loss, while Georgia improves to 3-0.

Mercer at  #15 Auburn
Mercer Forces Five Turnovers in Loss at #15 Auburn
AUBURN, Ala. – Mercer forced five turnovers including a program-record four fumbles in an impressive but fell to No. 15 (AP) Auburn, 24-10, in an impressive defensive display at Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Bears (1-2) proved their worth in front of an Auburn Homecoming crowd of 87,033 as they trailed by only seven points with less than five minutes remaining in the game before Auburn sealed its victory with a late touchdown.

Furman at NC State
N.C. State Downs Furman, 49-16
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Ryan Finley passed for 231 yards and a touchdown and Jaylen Samuels rushed for a trio of touchdowns to power N.C. State past Furman, 49-16, in football action Saturday afternoon at Carter Finley Stadium. After Furman (0-3) pulled to within 21-13 following a 71-yard touchdown strike from quarterback P.J. Blazejowski to Andy Schumpert with two minutes remaining in the first half, N.C. State (2-1) answered with an 11-play, 76-yard drive for a 1-yard Samuels scoring plunge to send the Wolfpack into halftime up, 28-13. N.C. State took advantage of a partially blocked punt, an interception, and a fumble recovery in the third quarter to score three touchdowns and put the game away.

The Citadel at ETSU
Bulldogs Jump on ETSU in Second Half for Win, 31-25
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – The Citadel Bulldogs scored 21 unanswered points on their first three drives of the second half to rally past ETSU for a 31-25 win in their Southern Conference opener on Saturday at William B. Greene Stadium. The Citadel (3-0, 1-0 SoCon) trailed 17-7 after ETSU (1-2, 0-1) added a field goal to its halftime lead to open the second half. The Bulldogs would score touchdowns on their ensuing three possessions to take a 28-17 lead. The Buccaneers cut the lead to three with a touchdown and a conversion, but a stop by The Citadel defense on 4th-and-2 with just over two minutes remaining sealed the win.

VMI at Robert Morris
Keydets Fall at Robert Morris, 23-0
MOON TOWNSHIP , Pa. – Quarterback Jimmy Walker threw three touchdown passes to spark Robert Morris to a 23-0 win over VMI Saturday afternoon at Joe Walton Stadium. Walker connected on touchdown passes of 23, 5, and 15 yards as the Colonials raised their mark to 2-1 on the season and get their second straight win over the Keydets in the brief four game series.

Western Carolina at Gardner-Webb
Newsome ScoresTwice, AdamsThree TD Passes in 42-27 Win at Gardner-Webb
Boiling Springs, N.C. (AP) - Detrez Newsome scored two touchdowns, rushing for 146 yards to go over 3,000 for his career, and Western Carolina defeated Gardner-Webb 42-27 Saturday night at Spangler Stadium. Newsome's scores came on runs of 84 and 7 yards, extending his school record for total touchdowns to 42 while posting his 13th 100-yard rushing game. The Catamounts (2-1), who came in as the FCS leader in total offense, averaging 630 yards per game, finished with 435 against the Runnin' Bulldogs (1-2). Western Carolina also snapped a seven-game road losing streak.

UT Martin at Chattanooga
Too Little, Too Late for 15th-Ranked Mocs
CHATTANOOGA---The 15th-ranked Chattanooga Mocs could not overcome an early deficit in a 21-7 loss to UT Martin in the home opener at Finley Stadium. It drops UTC to 0-3, while UTM improves to 2-1. The Skyhawks scored 21 consecutive points before the Mocs got on the board. It began to turn when UTC took over on its own 9 yard line with 5:41 remaining in the third period.

Standings after week #3
1. Wofford          2-0, SoCon 2-0
2. The Citadel    3-0, SoCon 1-0
3. Samford         2-1, SoCon 0-0
3. Western          2-1, SoCon 0-0
5. Chattanooga  0-3, SoCon 0-0
5. VMI                0-3, SoCon 0-0
7. ETSU             1-2, SoCon 0-1
7. Mercer            1-2, SoCon 0-1
9. Furman           0-3, SoCon 0-1



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Saturday, September 16, 2017

WCU Players of the Game (Gardner-Webb)




Purple & Gold's Catamount Player of the Game is now P&G's Catamount Players of the Game.

In this, and future games, we will select both an offensive and defensive player of the game.


                                                                       
Adams
White


       The Offensive Player of the Game is Tyrie Adams


       The Defensive Player of the Game is JerMichael White



Redshirt sophomore quarterback Tyrie Adams was 14-of-23 passing for a total of 224 yards and three touchdowns. Adams threw TD passes of 17 yards, 9 yards, and 39 yards.  Adams also had 10 carries for 57 yards.

On the defensive side of the ball, junior defensive back JerMichael White led all defensive players in the game in tackets, with a total of 12, 7 of which were solo tackles.


Honorable mention:  Detrez Newsome, rushed for 157 yards and 2 TDs - he has now rushed for over 3,000 yards in his career at Western. Daniel Riddle completed 10 tackles, with 4 being solo tackles, and 1 sack.


Purple & Gold congratulates Tyre Adams & JerMichael White on their accomplishments in the Gardner-Webb game.




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Game Day at GWU






Friday, September 15, 2017

This week's Purple & Gold football picks (9-15-17)





It's week #3 in the SoCon, and time to pick Saturday's games.

All seven games are set for Saturday, and we have some very interesting out-of-conference match-ups, as well as, one conference game






Furman (0-2) at NC State (1-1)   12:20 noon - watch on ACCNE
With two losses already under their belt, it's not looking very good this week for the Paladins as they travel to Raleigh, NC.  The Wolfpack walks away with a 31 point win.

The Citadel (2-0) at ETSU (1-1)  1:00 pm EDT - watch on ESPN3
The two-time defending SoCon champions travel to Johnson City to meet the Bucs in their new facility for the first ever conference game to be played there. On the down side, the Bucs lose that first conference game by about 28 points.

VMI (0-2) at Robert Morris  (1-1)   3:00 pm EDT - watch on NEC Front Row
The Keydets travel to Pennsylvania to play Robert Morris, looking for that first win of the season. I think they find it, to the tune of a 7 point win over the Colonials.

Mercer (1-1) at Auburn (1-1)  4:00 pm EDT - watch on SECN
The Bears travel to Auburn, hoping to keep it close and pick up a nice pay-day check. The check doesn't bounce, but Mercer does not keep it close, going down my 31.

Western Carolina (1-1) at Gardner-Webb (0-2)  6:00 pm EDT - watch on BS Network
The Cats travel to Boiling Springs looking to pick up what has become elusive for the Cats, a road win. I think the Cats continue to roll on offense, winning by 21 points.

UT Martin (1-1) at UT Chattanooga (0-2)  6:00 pm EDT - watch on ESPN3
The Skyhawks travel to #15 Chattanooga to renew the series with the Mocs, and hoping to pick up a win for the OVC. Fortunately, the Mocs rebound in a close game and pick up a 10 point win at home.

Samford (2-0) at Georgia (2-0)  7:30 pm - watch on SECN
The #17 Samford Bulldogs travel to Athens, GA to meet the Georgia variety of bulldogs.  Unfortunately for the 'bama dogs, the 'ga dogs are looking to impress their fans after their big win at Notre Dame last Saturday.   Georgia Dogs roll to a 31 point win.



Record this season:
11-3 overall


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Thursday, September 14, 2017

In Memory of Jerry Gaines

Purple & Gold joins the Western Carolina family in mourning the passing of  Catamount Athletics Hall of Fame standout athlete Jerry Gaines.

Gaines was an All-America selection for the Catamount football team in 1974, concluding his four-year playing career as the all-time leading receiver in program history – a record he continues to hold today. Jerry also earned All-America honors in baseball and track & field while at Western Carolina

Family visitation at J.T. Fisher Funeral Services is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 14 from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm in Chesapeake, Va., with the funeral services to be held at 11:00 am on Monday, Sept. 18 at Grove Church in Portsmouth, Va.






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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

2017 SoCon Football Power Rankings - (Week #2)




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 Week #2 rankings. Last ranking in parentheses.





1. (1) Wofford (2-0, 2-0 SoCon)
Next:  Bye

2. (3) The Citadel (2-0, 0-0 SoCon)
Next: @ ETSU

3. (5) Mercer (1-0, 0-0 SoCon)
Next: @ Auburn

4. (2) Samford (1-0, 0-0 SoCon)
Next: @ Georgia

5. (8) Western Carolina (1-1, 0-0 SoCon)
Next: @ Gardner-Webb

6. (6) Chattanooga (0-2, 0-0 SoCon)
Next: UT Martin

7. (4) Furman (0-2, 0-0 SoCon)
Next:  @ NC State

8 (7) East Tennessee State (1-1, 0-0 SoCon)
Next: The Citadel

9. (9) Virginia Military Institute (0-2, 0-0 SoCon)
Next: @ Robert Morris



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Monday, September 11, 2017

WCU Offensive National Rankings

Courtesy WCU Athletics Media Relations                  

Game #3 - Gardner-Webb


After playing one of their most explosive offensive football games ever against the Davidson Wildcats, Western Carolina travels to Boiling Springs, NC to meet Big South Conference member Gardner-Webb for their third game of the young season. The Runnin' Bulldogs come into the game with an 0-2 record, while the Cats are now 1-1 overall.


When: Saturday, September 16 - Time 6:00 pm ET
Where: Spangler Stadium, Boilings Springs, NC (9,000)
Radio: Catamount Sports Network
TV/video: WMYA-TV, My40 / Big South Network
Game Notes:       Western Carolina     -   Gardner-Webb        -   SoCon Weekly  Release

Head Coach: Carroll McCray (Gardner-Webb, ‘83)
Record at GW: 20-26 (4 yr)
Career Record: 36-64 (4 yrs)
Basic Offense: Spread Option
Basic Defense: 3-4
Lettermen Returning / Lost: 47 / 19
Starters Returning / Lost (O/D & S): 24 (8/4) / 8 (4/4)
The Series: The series stretches back to 1932, and is currently tied at 4-3, with last season's win in Cullowhee. The last meeting between the two teams was 2016 saw the Cats win 44-24 in Cullowhee. Western brings in a two game winning streak against the Runnin' Bulldogs.

Gardner-Webb was picked 3d in preseason voting in the Big South behind defending champion Charleston Southern and Kennesaw State. Gardner-Webb is coming off a 5-6 campaign that saw the Runnin' Bulldogs finish tied for third with a 3-2 league mark in 2016. Quarterback Tyrell Maxwell was named preseason Offensive Player of the Year in the Big South. As a junior, Maxwell lead the BS in rushing yards (965) and total offensive (238.4 yards per game). Currently, Maxwell is the leading rusher, with 32 attempts and 118 yards gained

Games played this season prior to the WCU contest: (total of 2)
-NC A&T (home);  Gardner-Webb did not cross midfield until 12:47 remained in the fourth quarter, as North Carolina A&T held a 458-114 edge in total offense.
-Wyoming (Laramie, Wyo.) Josh Allen passed for 328 yards and two scores to lead Wyoming to a 27-0 win over Gardner-Webb Saturday afternoon.

2017 Gardner-Webb Statistics (two games):
Rushing Offense: 253 yards
Yards per game: 126
Yards per rush: 2.9 yards
TDs rushing: 0
Passing Offense: 56 yards
Passing Comp-Att-Int: 8-22-2
TDs passing: 0
Total Offense: 309 yards
Passing 1st downs: 5
Rushing 1st downs: 15
Fumbles-Lost: 1-0
3d Down Conversions: 12 of 31
4th Down Conversions: 1 of 2
Field Goals - Attempts: 1 of 1
Red-Zone Scores: 1 of 1
Red-Zone Touchdowns: 0 of 1
Punts (No. Yards): 16 (684 yds)
PAT-Attempts: 0 of 0



Sunday, September 10, 2017

Saturday's SoCon Football Round-up (9-10-17)



Week #2 is now in the books, here's how the games played out.......

West Alabama at Samford
Football Wins Shootout With West Alabama, 49-41.  
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Samford football team built a 35-7 halftime lead and held on late to defeat the West Alabama Tigers, 49-41 Thursday night at Seibert Stadium. In the win for Samford (2-0), Devlin Hodges completed 30-of-47 passes for 317 yards and three touchdowns. Kelvin McKnight caught 13 passes for 136 yards and two touchdowns. Roland Adams led the running game with 53 yards on 12 carries, while Hodges had 51 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries.

Chattanooga at LSU
Mocs Fall at SEC Foe LSU Saturday Night 
BATON ROUGE---The 13th-ranked Chattanooga Mocs dropped a 45-10 decision at No. 12 LSU. UTC falls to 0-2, while their hosts improve to 2-0. Despite the result, there were some positives to take from the contest. Darrell Bridges tallied 88 yards rushing on 15 carries and a touchdown. Joseph Parker added 104 yards receiving on a game-high six catches while amassing 213 all-purpose yards.

Elon at Furman
Elon Thrwarts Furman Comeback, 34-31
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Elon's Owen Johnson connected on a 36-yard field goal with five seconds remaining to lift the Phoenix to a 34-31 victory over Furman Saturday afternoon at Paladin Stadium. The Paladins (0-2) erased a 21-0 first-quarter deficit and held a 31-24 lead late in the fourth quarter before Tre Lennon hauled in a 15-yard touchdown pass from Davis Cheek with 3:00 to play. After stopping the Paladins on their next possession, Elon (1-1) marched 46 yards on seven plays for Johnson's game-winning kick. Cheek completed 26-of-35 pass attempts for 301 yards and three touchdowns, including a pair of scoring tosses to Lennon, who had nine catches for 83 yards in the contest.

Wofford at Mercer
Football Rallies For 28-27 Win At Mercer
Down 13 points with nine minutes left in the game, the Wofford College football team rallied for a 28-27 win at Mercer on Saturday afternoon at Five Star Stadium. The Terriers scored touchdowns at the 6:18 and 3:34 marks of the fourth quarter and intercepted Mercer twice in the final two minutes for the win. Wofford opens the season 2-0 overall and in the Southern Conference, while the Bears are 1-1 on the season and 0-1 in league play. The Terriers were led by Lennox McAfee with 99 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries, while Blake Morgan and Andre Stoddard added rushing touchdowns.

ETSU at James Madison
No. 1 James Madison too much for Bucs, 52-10
HARRISONBURG, Va. (Sept. 9, 2017) – They are the defending Football Championship Subdivision national champions and currently ranked No. 1 in the country. On Saturday night, the James Madison Dukes certainly looked the part. Scoring on four of its first five possessions and relying on a defense that held ETSU to just 175 yards in total offense, James Madison rolled past the Buccaneers 52-10 in non-conference play at Bridgeforth Stadium.

Davidson at Western Carolina
Catamount Offense Explodes in Home-opening Win, 63-17
Cullowhee, N.C. - Senior Detrez Newsome broke his own single-game rushing record as Western Carolina shattered its school benchmark for total offense in a game, amassing 778 total yards including a school-record 483 team rushing yards in a 63-17, home-opening victory over the Davidson Wildcats Saturday evening at E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field. WCU snapped a 48-year old record for total offense in a single-game, eclipsing the previous standard of 711 set against Emory & Henry back in 1969, while the total of 483 yards on the ground broke the previous record of 464 set back in 1993 against Newberry.

The Citadel at Presbyterian
No. 13 Bulldogs Roll Past Presbyterian, 48-7
CLINTON, S.C. – Dominique Allen had three rushing touchdowns and fellow-quarterback Jordan Black had three passing touchdowns – on three attempts - to lead The Citadel to a 48-7 win over Presbyterian on Saturday at Bailey Memorial Stadium. The game was originally scheduled to be played in Charleston, but was moved to Clinton midweek due to the threat of Hurricane Irma.


Standings after week #2
1. Wofford 2-0, SoCon 2-0
2.  The Citadel 2-0, SoCon 0-0
2.  Samford  2-0, SoCon 0-0
4.  Western 1-1, SoCon 0-0
4.  ETSU 1-1, SoCon 0-0
6.  Chattanooga 0-2, SoCon 0-0
6.  VMI 0-1, SoCon 0-0
8.  Mercer 1-1, SoCon 0-1
8. Furman 0-2, SoCon 0-1



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Coach Speir's post game comments

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WCU Player of the Game (Davidson)




Purple & Gold's Catamount Player of the Game for the victory over the Davidson Wildcats is senior running back Detrez Newsome. 

                                                                       
Newsome broke his own single-game rushing record as Western Carolina also shattered a school benchmark for total offense in a game, amassing 778 total yards. Newsome had 15 carries, for 288 yards and 3 touchdowns, he averaged 19.2 yards per carry.



Purple & Gold congratulates Detrez Newsome on his accomplishment in the Davidson game.



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Friday, September 8, 2017

This week's Purple & Gold football picks (9-8-17)




It's week #2 in the SoCon, and time to pick Saturday's SoCon games.

With one game played Thursday night, we have seven games being played Saturday.







The Citadel (1-0) at Presbyterian (0-1)   12:00 noon - watch on the Big South Network 
The Citadel vs. Presbyterian game has been relocated from Charleston to Clinton, SC due to the impending threat of Hurricane Irma. While the location may have changed, the outcome will not. The Bulldogs run up a 35-20 score on the Blue Hose.

Elon (0-1) at Furman (0-1)  1:00 pm EDT - watch on ESPN3
Former SoCon foe Elon pays a visit to Traveler's Rest to meet the Paladins. Furman rolls to a 35-10 win over the Phoneix, thus proving a move to the CAA does not improve your football program.

Catawba (1-0) at VMI  (0-1)   1:30 pm EDT - watch on ESPN3
The Keydets open their home schedule with one of the two non-D-1 teams on this week's SoCon schedule. The Division II Catawba Indians travels to Lexington hoping for an upset, but returning to NC disappointed with the 38-3 loss at the hands of the Keydets.]

Wofford (1-0) at Mercer (1-0)  4:00 pm EDT - watch on ESPN3
In the premiere game on this week's conference schedule, two of the early unbeaten teams meet in this conference showdown. The preseason number one ranked Terriers travel south to Macon, Ga to to take on the Mercer Bears. While the Bears have been impressive at home, they drop a close one to the short haired dogs, 24-21.

ETSU (1-0) at James Madison (1-0)  6:00 pm EDT - watch on Comcast SportsNet Plus
The Bucs travel to Harrisonburg, VA to meet nationally number 1 ranked James Madison. The Dukes roll to a 49-7 final score over ETSU.

Davidson (1-0) at Western Carolina (0-1)  6:00 pm EDT - watch on ESPN3
The Wildcats travel up the mountain to Cullowhee for the first meeting since 1985 with the Catamounts in football. The Catamounts put together a complete game, finishing with a 45-14 win over the Wildcats

Chattanooga (0-1) at LSU (1-0)  7:30 pm - watch on SECN
The Mocs stay on the road as they travel to Baton Rouge to meet the 12th ranked LSU Tigers. LSU is coming off a shutout game against BYU, looking to make the Mocs their second shutout victim.  The Tigers get it, with a 35-0 win over the Mocs





Record this season:
8-1 overall







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Thursday, September 7, 2017

This week's Purple & Gold football picks (9-7-17)




It's week #2 in the SoCon, and we're back to make just one pick for today's game. We'll be back tomorrow with the full slate of games scheduled for Saturday.








West Alabama at Samford 
West Alabama visits the Bulldogs on Thursday night.  The Division II Tigers are 1-0 this season after a convincing win over Lenoir-Rhyne last Saturday.  The Tigers are looking for an upset, but the Bulldogs hold on for a 35-21 win.


Check back tomorrow for Saturday's picks.




Record this season:
7-1 overall








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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Football Honors Week #1

Congratulations to OL Abe Noland, WR Daquan Patten, and ILB Alan Harris for their honors this week.






WCU 2-Deep Roster vs. Davidson

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

2017 SoCon Football Power Rankings - (Week #1)




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 Week #1 rankings.




Last ranking in parentheses
1. (1) Wofford (1-0, 1-0 SoCon)
Next: @ Mercer

2. (2) Samford (1-0, 0-0 SoCon)
Next: West Alabama

3. (3) The Citadel (1-0, 0-0 SoCon)
Next: Bye

4. (7) Furman (0-0, 0-0 SoCon)
Next:  Elon

5. (4) Mercer (1-0, 0-0 SoCon)
Next: Wofford

6. (5) Chattanooga (0-1, 0-0 SoCon)
Next: Bye

7 (8) East Tennessee State (0-0, 0-0 SoCon)
Next: @ James Madison

8. (6) Western Carolina (0-0, 0-0 SoCon)
Next: Davidson

9. (9) Virginia Military Institute (0-0, 0-0 SoCon)
Next: Catawba



Watch for Friday's SoCon picks.......




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Monday, September 4, 2017

Game #2 - Davidson Wildcats


The Cats return from Hawaii, their longest road game trip ever, to meet this week's opponent, the Davidson Wildcats, in E.J. Whitmire Stadium.  Former Southern Conference and current Pioneer Football League member Davidson travels up the mountain for the first meeting in Cullowhee with the Catamounts since 1984.

The game has been declared a "Blackout" and all fans are encouraged to wear black, with the first 5,000 fans in the stadium to receive a special "Blackout" t-shirt, also a special post-game fireworks demonstration will be held after the game.

When: Saturday, September 9 - Time 6:00 pm ET
Where: Bob Waters Field, Whitmire Stadium - Cullowhee, NC
Radio: Catamount Sports Network
TV/video: ESPN3
Game Notes:   Western Carolina    -   Davidson    -      SoCon Weekly Release

Head Coach: Paul Nichols (Davidson, ‘03)
Record at Davidson: 5-40 (4 yrs)
Career Record: Same
Basic Offense: Pro
Basic Defense: 4-3
The Series: The Cats have won the only two games played between these two teams.
Last year’s record (Davidson): 2-9 overall, 0-8 conference, 1-5 away
This season's record (Davidson): 1-0 overall
Offensive Starters - Returning/Lost: 7 / 4
Defensive Starters - Returning/Lost: 7 / 4

Key losses: WR Erik Matson, C Travis Stubblefield, DT Alex Behrend, DT Grant Polofsky, LB James Gessner, CB Ryan Leak, P John Cook

Top returnees: QB Stockton McGuire, K/P Trevor Smith, WR Kahleel Shaw, DE Thomas Kykes. LB Hunter Murphy.

The Wildcats finished in 8th place in the Pioneer League in scoring defense, giving up an average of 29 points per game, and finished last (11th) in scoring offense with an average of 17 points per game.

Game(s) played before Western Carolina:  1 game, Brevard - The Wildcats opened their season with 30-7 win over Brevard College. Stockton McGuire, Wesley Dugger and Kahleel Shaw each ran for scores and Davidson beat Division III member Brevard College in last Saturday’s season opener. Davidson freshman Wesley Dugger debuted with a bang, rushing for 196 yards on 31 carries and a touchdown. QB Stockton McGuire passed for 65 yards and rushed for 49 yards. Backup quarterback Tyler Phelps’ first pass was an 82-yard scoring strike to Pat Tabor in the fourth quarter. WR Pat Tabor pulled in 5 receptions for a total of 64 yards.

2017 Wildcats Statistics (one game):
Rushing Offense: 322 yards
Yards per game: 322
Yards per rush: 5.6 yards
TDs rushing: 3
Passing Offense: 139 yards
Passing Comp-Att-Int: 11-23-0
TDs passing: 1
Total Offense: 446 yards
Passing 1st downs: 4
Rushing 1st downs: 17
Fumbles-Lost: 2-2
3d Down Conversions: 6 of 15
4th Down Conversions: 1 of 2
Field Goals - Attempts: 0 of 1
Red-Zone Scores: 3 of 4
Red-Zone Touchdowns: 3 of 4
Punts (No. Yards): 7 (70 yds)
PAT-Attempts: 4 of 4



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Sunday, September 3, 2017

Coach Speir's Post Game Comments

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