Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Game #11 - UNC Chapel Hill







In the Cat's eleventh and final regular season game of the season, Western Carolina travels to Chapel Hill for the second meeting with the Tar Heels in two years.


The Cats dropped last season's game to the Tar Heels in a 65-10 setback for the short-handed Catamounts.  











UNC-Chapel Hill

When: Saturday, November 17 at 3 pm ET
Where: Kenan Stadium (63,000) - Natural Grass -  Chapel Hill, NC
Radio: Catamount Sports Network
- Talent: Play-by-Play: Gary Ayers; Color Analyst: Daniel Hooker; Host / Producer: Jeff Bryson
TV / Video: ACC Network Extra
- Talent: Jones Angell, play-by-play; Brian Simmons, analyst; Lee Pace, sideline
Game Notes:   WCU   -     UNC 

The Series: Second meeting on the football field between these two UNC sister schools, the Cats dropped last season's game to the Tar Heels in a 65-10 setback for the short-handed Catamounts.


Games that the Heels will play this season prior to the WCU contest: 9 games -   The Tar Heels are currently 1-8 this season, they kicked off the year with two road games loses, first at California (17-24), to the ECU Pirates (19-41). The UCF game was canceled,  and the Heels picked up their only win against Pitt (38-35). UNC traveled to Miam for a 10-47 loss, followed by a game in Chapel Hill against Virginia Tech (19-22).  Then two more road losses, at Syracuse (37-40) and at Virginia (21-31).  Back in Chapel Hill, the Heels lost to Georgia Tech (28-38), followed by a 35-42 loss at the hands of the  Duke Blue Devils, prior to the Western Carolina's visit to Chapel Hill

The last game played vs. UNC:  Nov. 17, 2017 - Catamount Football Drops Season Finale at North Carolina, 65-10 - Chapel Hill, N.C. - Western Carolina senior tailback Detrez Newsome rushed for 107 yards on Saturday afternoon, eclipsing the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the season to cap his career in Cullowhee. However, it was one of the few bright spots in a disappointing finish for the short-handed Catamounts. North Carolina (3-8) erupted for 35 points in a decisive second quarter, breaking open a 7-7 game as a part of scoring 65-straight in handing Western Carolina (7-5) a 65-10 setback on Saturday afternoon at Kenan Stadium. Newsome accounted for 155 all-purpose yards, adding a team-best seven catches for 48 yards receiving to lead the Catamount offensive attack. Tyrie Adams, who played just the first half on Saturday, finished 8-for-18 for 69 yards and WCU's lone touchdown, completing a one-yard, play-action TD pass to Connell Young that capped a 61-yard drive and gave Western Carolina an early, 7-0, lead. Redshirt freshman QB Ray Smith saw his most extensive action of the year, completing 8-of-15 passes for 84 yards as the Catamounts threw for 153 through the air.

UNC's 2017 Record:  3-9 overall, 1-6 home, 2-3 away, 1-7 ACC 
UNC's 2018 Record:  1-8 overall, 1-2 home,  0-6 away, 1-6 ACC

Starters Returning/Lost: 15 /  12
Offensive starters - Returning/Lost: 5  /  6
Defensive starters - Returning/Lost: 7  /  4
Specialist - Returning/Lost:  3   /   2
Lost from 2-Deep roster:   18

Key Offensive losses: Quarterback  - Brandon Harris; Left Tackle  - Bentley Spain; Left Guard  - Khaliel Rodgers; Center  - Cam Dillard; Right Guard  - R.J. Prince; Wide Receiver  - Austin Proehl; Wide Receiver  - Jordan Cunningham

Key Defensive losses: Linebacker  - Hunter Crafford; Linebacker  - Cayson Collins; Cornerback  - M.J. Stewart; Nickelback 6 - M.J. Stewart

Top returnees: WR Anthony Ratliff-Williams, QB Chazz Surratt, QB Nathan Elliot, RB Jordon Brown, RB Michael Carter, TE Brandon Fritts, LB Cole Holcomb, DB K.J. Sails, DE Malik Carney, DT Aaron Crawford, DE Tomon Fox, DE Jalen Dalton, DB Myles Dorn.


2018 UNC Statistics (9 games):
Rushing Offense: 1853 yards
Yards per game: 5.3 yards
Rushing 1st downs: 83
TDs rushing: 13
Passing Offense: 2106 yards or 234 yards per game
Avg. per pass: 6 yards
Passing 1st downs: 93
Passing Comp-Att-Int: 347-205-11
TDs Passing: 10
Total Offense: 3780 yards or 420 yards per game
Fumbles-Lost: 17 - 8
3d Down Conversions: 35%
4th Down Conversions: 50%
On-side kicks: 0-3
Red Zone Scores: 29 of 33
Red Zone Touchdowns: 18 of 33
Punts - Yards: 43 - 1737

Game prediction: Per the Massey Ratings, the Cats have a 1% probability of winning (24-53) over the Tar Heels

According to Massey, Western Carolina should be 3-8 after this game. 







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Monday, November 12, 2018

2018 SoCon Football Power Rankings - (after week #11)





Welcome to Purple & Gold's 2018 SoCon Football Power Rankings.

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








Here are this week's power rankings after eleven weeks of play (last week's ranking in parenthesis):



1.  (1) ETSU  (8-2, 6-1 SoCon)
Next:  Samford

2.  (3)  Wofford (7-3, 6-2 SoCon)
Next:  Presbyterian 

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

4.  (3)  Samford (5-6,  4-3 SoCon)
Next:  at ETSU

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

6.  (7) The Citadel (4-5, 4-4 SoCon)
Next:  at Alabama

7. (5)  Chattanooga (6-4, 4-4 SoCon)
Next:  at South Carolina

8.  (9) Western Carolina (3-7, 1-7 SoCon)
Next:  North Carolina

9.  (8) VMI  (1-9, 0-8 SoCon)
Next: at Old Dominion 



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Friday, November 9, 2018

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Game #10: Wofford





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In the tenth game of the season, The Cats remain in Cullowhee for the final home game of the 2018 season, as the Wofford Terriers visit Cullowhee.


In a series that started in 1952, The Cats Terriers have played a total of 40 times, and Western has won 2 of the last 4 games, having dropped a road game in Spartanburg last season.








Wofford


When: Saturday, November 10 at 3:30 pm
Where: E.J. Whitmire Stadium, Cullowhee
Radio: Catamount Sports Network
- Talent: Play-by-Play: Gary Ayers; Color Analyst: Greg McLamb; Host / Producer: Jeff Bryson
TV/video: ESPN3
- Talent: Play-by-Play: Daniel Hooker; Color Analyst: Daniel Gibson
Game Notes:   WCU   -    Wofford
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The Series: The Cats are 14-26 overall against the Terriers. having won two of the last four games played.

Wofford's Last Season's Record (2017): 10-3 overall, 5-1 home, 5-2 away, 7-1 in the SoCon  - Beat Furman 28-10 in the first round NCAA playoffs, lost to ND State on the quarterfinals 42-10
Wofford's Record this Season (2018):  6-3 overall, 4-0 home, 2-3 away, 7-1 in the SoCon



The last game played vs. Wofford:   October 7, 2017 - No. 22 Western Carolina Falls at No. 5 Wofford in Overtime -  Spartanburg, S.C. -  Redshirt freshman tailback Donnavan Spencer scored an equalizing touchdown on a toss sweep with three minutes remaining in regulation to ultimately force overtime for No. 22 Western Carolina on Saturday afternoon at Gibbs Stadium. However, fifth-ranked Wofford scored on their second play of the extra session before sealing the win with a third interception - the second by George Gbesee - this one coming in the end zone as the Terriers held off upset-minded WCU, 35-28. Spencer capped an 11-play, 75-yard drive with a one-yard plunge around the right end with the Will Horton extra point knotting the game at 28 in the closing minutes of regulation. On the ensuing possession, Wofford moved down the field, but the ball-control offense stalled with a fourth-down pass play as time expired falling incomplete. In overtime, running back Andre Stoddard scored his second rushing TD of the game, finding the end zone from three yards out to push the Terriers ahead for the third-time in the game. The Catamount offense suffered a loss on the first play on its turn with the football before Tyrie Adams moved back into position with an 11-yard run. But on the next play, Adams' pass intended for Terryon Robinson was corralled by Gbesee as he undercut the route to end the game.


Offensive Formation:  Triple Option
Defensive Formation:   Multiple 50
Starters returning/lost:    11  /  11
Offensive starters - Returning/Lost:  5  /  6
Defensive starters - Returning/Lost:  6 /  5
Specialist - Returning/Lost: 5  /  5
Lost from 2-Deep Roster:  13    (6 offense,  7 defense, 0 specialists)

Top losses:
Offense: QB 14 Brandon Goodson; LG 72 Chuck Rouse; C 50 Roo Daniels; TE 81 Chandler Gouger; WR 19 R.J. Taylor

Defense: LDE 92 Tyler Vaughn; OLB 44 Daryl Vining; ILB 21 Colton Clemons; OLB 9 Terrance Morris; FS 31 Malik Rivera

The league-leading Terriers were defeated at Samford last Saturday, 35-20 in Birmingham.

"It is disappointing to say the least," said Wofford head coach Josh Conklin. "We had our chances for sure. When you face a team like this you have to score points on offense and we didn't do a good enough job on that. We didn't play well enough on special teams and on defense we knew we were going to give up some explosive plays, but you can't let those explosive plays be for touchdowns. It wasn't a good enough effort all the way around in terms of the execution."

Wofford is in 4th place in scoring offense, with 30.3 ppg (WCU is 2d at 33.1 ppg). The Terriers are in second place in scoring defense, giving up only 20.3 ppg (WCU is in 8th place giving up 40.4 ppg). Wofford is in first place in rushing offense with 338.3 ypg (WCU is 3d with 220.9 ypg). The Terriers are also in first place in rushing defense, giving up only an average of 87 ypg (the Cats are in 7th place, giving up 218 yards per game).


2018 Wofford Statistics (9 games)
Rushing Offense: 3182 yards
Yards per game: 339,1
Yards per rush: 6.5 yards
Rushing 1st downs: 137
TDs rushing: 28
Passing Offense: 1049 yards or 116.6 yards per game
Avg. per pass: 8 yrds
Passing 1st downs: 42
Passing Comp-Att-Int: 81-135-8
TDs Passing: 8
Total Offense: 4101 yards or 455.7 yards per game
Fumbles-Lost: 9 - 6
3d Down Conversions: 42.4%
4th Down Conversions: 42.8%
Field goal attempts: 8 - made 5
On-side kicks: 0-0
Red Zone Scores: 26 of 33
Red Zone Touchdowns: 21 of 33
Punts-Yards: 32 - 1377 - Avg per punt:  43

Game prediction: Per the Massey Ratings, the Cats have a 14% probability of winning (28-42) over the Terriers.
According to Massey, Western Carolina should be 3-7 after this game. It would be very difficult to disagree with that prediction.





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1 Day Until WCU Basketball Tip-off (at Wright State)

Welcome to the 2018 WCU basketball tip-off countdown.

We will count down the remaining days until WCU basketball tips off at Wright State in Dayton, Ohio on November 7th. In this season's countdown, we will meet the coaches and team members as we countdown.


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Monday, November 5, 2018

2018 SoCon Football Power Rankings - (after week #10)





Welcome to Purple & Gold's 2018 SoCon Football Power Rankings.

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








Here are this week's power rankings after ten weeks of play (last week's ranking in parenthesis):



1.  (2) ETSU  (8-2, 6-1 SoCon)
Next:  Bye

2.  (4)  Samford (5-4,  4-2 SoCon)
Next:  at Citadel

3.  (1)  Wofford (6-3, 5-2 SoCon)
Next:  at Western Carolina

4.  (6) Furman (4-4, 4-2 SoCon)
Next:  at VMI

5. (5)  Chattanooga (6-3, 4-3 SoCon)
Next:  Mercer

6.  (3) Mercer (4-5, 3-3 SoCon)
Next:  at Chattanooga

7.  (7) The Citadel (3-5, 3-4 SoCon)
Next:  Samford

8.  (8) VMI  (1-8, 0-7 SoCon)
Next: Furman

9.  (9) Western Carolina (3-6, 1-6 SoCon)
Next:  Wofford

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2 Days Until WCU Basketball Tip-off (at Wright State)

Welcome to the 2018 WCU basketball tip-off countdown.

We will count down the remaining days until WCU basketball tips off at Wright State in Dayton, Ohio on November 7th. In this season's countdown, we will meet the coaches and team members as we countdown.

2 Days until Tip-off


 #12 Marc Gosselin





















Position: Forward
Height/Weight: Senior
Hometown: Lyon, France
High School: Cite Scolaire Internationale


2016-17 (Sophomore): One of two Catamounts to appear in all 32 games ... Started 31 of the 32 contests in which he appeared ... Named the team's Most Valuable Player ... Earned the team's Scholar-Athlete Award ... Led or shared the team lead in scoring four times ... Scored in double-figures 14 times including the final seven games of the season ... Posted a career-high 20 points against VMI (02/27) in the regular season finale ... Had four double-doubles coming in the final four games of the season ... Had a career-high 14 rebounds at Ohio State (11/21) ... Led or shared the team lead in rebounding 16 times including leading the squad in the category in the final seven contest ... Knocked down 30 3-pointers to rank third on the squad ... Had a career-high four triples against VMI (02/27) as he went 4-for-4 from long range ... He had 20 points and 12 rebounds against the Keydets (02/27) and was 7-of-8 from the field, 4-of-4 from 3-point range and 2-of-2 at the free throw line in 37 minutes ... Dished out 31 assists including a career-high tying four against The Citadel (02/22) ... Appeared on the 2016-17 Southern Conference Honor Roll.

2015-16 (Freshman): Appeared in 33 games for the Catamounts while making 22 starts ... Made first collegiate start at Davidson (12/12) ... Scored first career points in the season opener at Cincinnati (11/13) ... Scored a career-high nine points versus Wofford in the Southern Conference Quarterfinals ... Grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds against Warren Wilson (12/03) ... Made first career 3-pointer at Davidson (12/12) ... Dished out a season-high four assists on three occasions including versus Warren Wilson (12/03), at Pittsburgh (12/23) and versus Furman (02/27) ... Blocked first career shot at Morehead State (12/20) ... Had a career-high two steals twice including against Eastern Washington (12/14) and versus VMI (01/09) ... Led the team in rebounding three times and shared the lead once.

Prior to Western Carolina: Attended Cite Scolaire Internationale ... As a sophomore finished third in the National Championship in division 2 group A.


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Sunday, November 4, 2018

3 Days Until WCU Basketball Tip-off (at Wright State)

Welcome to the 2018 WCU basketball tip-off countdown.

We will count down the remaining days until WCU basketball tips off at Wright State in Dayton, Ohio on November 7th. In this season's countdown, we will meet the coaches and team members as we countdown.

3 Days until Tip-off


#44 Adam Sledd








Position: Forward
Height/Weight: 6'8" 220
Class: Junior
Hometown: Roanoke, Va.
High School: Virginia Episcopal School


2016-17 (Freshman): Appeared in 30 of WCU's 32 contests ... Started in 23 contest ... Made collegiate debut in the season opener against Miami ... First appeared in the starting lineup against UNC Asheville (12/17) and started every game the rest of the season ... Scored in double-figures eight times ... Ripped down double-figure rebounds twice ... Picked up a pair of double-doubles against VMI (01/12) and College of Charleston (12/22) ... Led or shared the team lead in scoring five times ... Led or shared the team lead in rebounding seven times ... Scored a career-high 16 points at VMI (01/12) and versus Mars Hill (12/28) ... Ripped down a career-best 12 rebounds versus College of Charleston (12/22) ... Knocked down a season-high five free throws at UNCG (01/07) as he went 5-of-7 from the charity stripe ... Connected on a season-high seven shots from the field against Mars Hill (12/28) ... Named the team's Most Improved Player at the end of the season ... Appeared on the 2016-17 Southern Conference Honor Roll.

Prior to Western Carolina: Finished his prep career at Virginia Episcopal School ... Spent his freshman and sophomore campaigns at Cave Spring High School ... As a sophomore, averaged 14.9 points and eight rebounds per game ... Named a Timesland Sizzlin' Sophomore ... Had the highest field goal percentage for a season at Cave Spring as a freshman at 65 percent ... As a junior, averaged six points and nine rebounds per game ... Team advanced to the state championships where they eventually fell to Blue Ridge ... Played travel ball for Spectrum Sports Academy Age 17 Elite Black team ... Won the Big Shots Myrtle Beach 1 Tournament, an NCAA certified event ... The team was selected to play in the highest talent division and went 5-0, beating teams from South Carolina, Virginia, Florida, Louisiana and Iowa ... Also a standout on the soccer pitch where he was named First Team All-Conference and Goalie of the Year while playing for Cave Spring ... Also set the record for most saves in a season while playing for CSHS.




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Saturday, November 3, 2018

4 Days Until WCU Basketball Tip-off (at Wright State)

Welcome to the 2018 WCU basketball tip-off countdown.

We will count down the remaining days until WCU basketball tips off at Wright State in Dayton, Ohio on November 7th. In this season's countdown, we will meet the coaches and team members as we countdown.

4 Days until Tip-off


#35 Yalim Olcay








Position: Forward
Height/Weight: 6'8" 225
Class: Junior
Hometown: Izmir, Turkey
High School: Spire Academy (Ohio)


2016-17 (Freshman): Appeared in 28 of WCU's 32 contests ... Made six starts ... Made collegiate debut against Miami in the season opener ... Started the next six games following the Miami contest ... Scored in double-figures once with a career-high 14 points against VMI (02/27) in the regular season finale ... Led or shared the team lead in rebounds twice ... Had a career-best nine rebounds against Wofford (01/28) ... Had five or more rebounds in six contests ... Knocked down a season-high four free throws against VMI (02/27) ... Appeared on the 2016-17 Southern Conference Honor Roll.

Prior to Western Carolina: Finished his prep career at Spire Academy in Geneva, Ohio ... Prior to Spire, attended Bornova Anadolu Lisesi in Turkey ... Was invited to the U16 national team camp and served as the team captain for his club team ... Averaged 12.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and just under an assist per game for his club program, Pinar Karsiyaka, at the U16 national championship ... As a junior and senior, his club was the number one ranked team in the city and placed seventh in the Turkish National Championship ... While at Spire, Olcay averaged 16 points, eight rebounds and three assists per game.


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Friday, November 2, 2018

Saturday's activities


5 Days Until WCU Basketball Tip-off (at Wright State)


Welcome to the 2018 WCU basketball tip-off countdown.

We will count down the remaining days until WCU basketball tips off at Wright State in Dayton, Ohio on November 7th. In this season's countdown, we will meet the coaches and team members as we countdown.

5 Days until Tip-off

#33 Onno Steger








Position: Forward
Height/Weight: 6'5" 205
Class: Junior
Hometown: Upper Arlington, Ohio
High School: Upper Arlington HS

2016-17 (Freshman): One of two Catamounts to appear in all 32 contests ... Made 21 starts ... Debuted in the starting lineup at Marquette (11/30) ... After not starting the next five games, returned to the starting lineup against Mars Hill (12/28) and never left ... Scored in double-figures six times ... Led or shared the team lead in scoring four times ... Scored a career-high 15 points at The Citadel (02/22) and against Samford (01/02) ... Grabbed at least one rebound in all but two games ... Had a career-high eight rebounds against Wofford (01/28) ... Second on the team with 33 steals ... Had a career-high three steals versus The Citadel (01/19) and against Mars Hill (12/28) ... Dished out a season-high four assists against Mars Hill (12/28) ... Knocked down a team-high 39 3-pointers ... Had a career-high five triples against Samford (01/02) as he went 5-of-7 from downtown ... Given the team's Mr. Hustle Spirit Award at the end of the season ... Appeared on the 2016-17 Southern Conference Honor Roll.

Prior to Western Carolina: Attended Upper Arlington HS in Upper Arlington, Ohio ... As a senior, named Associated Press All-Central District boys all-star second team ... Averaged 16.6 points per game ... Named honorable mention All-State ... As a junior, averaged 12 points and five rebounds per game for UAHS ... Named the Ohio Capital Conference All-League Special Mention ... Team finished with a 17-6 overall record ... While attending Ohio State University's team camp, scored 25 points in a game and was PrepHoopsOhio.com's pick for Player of the Camp.




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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Catamount Football Weekly: Week 10, The Citadel

6 Days Until WCU Basketball Tip-off (at Wright State)

Welcome to the 2018 WCU basketball tip-off countdown.

We will count down the remaining days until WCU basketball tips off at Wright State in Dayton, Ohio on November 7th. In this season's countdown, we will meet the coaches and team members as we countdown.

6 Days until Tip-off


#3 Carlos Dotson








Position: Forward
Height/Weight: 6'7" 265
Class: Junior
Hometown: Riverdale, Md.
High School: Dorman (S.C.) HS
Last College: Central Florida Community College

Prior to Western Carolina: Junior transfer from Central Florida Community College who has two seasons of eligibility remaining at WCU ... Began his collegiate career at Anderson University, playing in four games back in 2015-16 where he averaged 2.0 points and 1.3 rebounds per game ... Transferring to Central Florida, the strong post played in 32 games in 2016-17 for the Patriots, averaging 13.3 points and 7.8 rebounds per game on 60.3-percent shooting from the field ... Posted 22 double-digit scoring games with 20-or-more points four times including a season-best 33 points against Santa Fe ... Pulled down double-digit rebounds nine times including eight-or-more in 13 games, charting 13 double-doubles ...Selected to play in the NJCAA Men’s Basketball Coaches Association All-Star game played in Las Vegas, Nev., in mid-May 2018, scoring eight points on 3-of-6 shooting in just over 15 minutes of court time;

High School: Originally from Riverdale, Md., p[layed prep basketball at Dorman High in Spartanburg, S.C., where he was a two-time all-region, as well as first team all-area and earned an all-state selection ... As a senior, he helped guide the Cavaliers to a 20-5 record, averaging 13 points and 10 rebounds per game, capturing a spot on the North-South All-Star game roster where he scored 14 points – three in the closing moments to send the game into overtime.




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