Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Game 5 - Samford

For the Catamount's spring game, the Cats are on the road again as they travel to Birmingham to face the Samford Bulldogs.

Since Samford joined the Southern Conference in 2008, Western is 3-14 against the Bulldogs after last season's 31-13 beatdown by the Dogs in Cullowhee.

Game #5 - Samford

When: Saturday, February 27, 2021 - Time  1:00 pm
Where: Seibert Stadium, Homewood, AL
Radio: none
TV/video: ESPN+
- announcers:  Curt Bloom, pbp & Cole Cubeli, color
Live Stats: Samford Live Stats

The Series: The Cats are 3-14 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 2-8 in games played in Birmingham. 

Game Notes:   Western Carolina   -    Samford 

Coach Speir is 2-6 as a head coach vs. Samford.

Games that will be played by the Bulldogs this season before the WCU contest:  (1 game)  - The Bulldogs played ETSU on Feb. 20 in Johnson City, coming away with a 17-24 loss to the Bucs.

Last game played vs. Samford: November 16, 2019 - Catamount Football Senior Day Spoiled by Samford, 31-13  Cullowhee, N.C. – Western Carolina struck early in its home finale on Saturday afternoon, jumping out to a 10-0 lead over Samford in the first quarter. However, the usual aerial Bulldog attack was traded for a run-heavy, ball-control effort as back-up QB Liam Welch guided Samford to 24-unanswered points as the visitors outscored WCU 31-3 over the final three frames, spoiling WCU's Senior Day with the 31-13 victory in Southern Conference action at E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field.

Head Coach: Chris Hatcher Chris Hatcher was named Samford’s 36th head football coach on Dec. 11, 2014. Entering his sixth season at Samford in 2020, Hatcher boasts a career record of 153-83 in 20 years as a college head coach, having previously coached at Murray State, Georgia Southern and Valdosta State. In his time at Samford, his teams have consistently been among the Southern Conference and FCS leaders in several categories.

This Season's Record - 2021 (Samford):  0-1 overall, 0-0 home, 0-1 away, 0-1 SoCon
Last Season's Record - 2019 (Samford): 5-7 overall, 3-2 home, 2-4 away,  4-4 SoCon  

Offensive Formation: Multiple
-2019 Offense: 32.3 ppg. (28th in FCS)
Defensive Formation: 4-3
-2019 Defense: 37.8 ppg. (117th in FCS)
Offensive starters - Returning/Lost:  6  /  5
Defensive starters - Returning/Lost:  8  /  3

-QB Chris Oladokun (169 cmp., 2,064 yards, 18 TD, 127 rushes, 493 yards, 8 TD)
-RB Jay Stanton (122 rushes, 690 yards, 7 TD, 16 rec., 135 yards, 2 TD)
-WR Montrell Washington (28 rec., 405 yards, 3 TD, 155 Kick Return Yards, 328 Punt Return Yards)

-LB John Staton (116 tackles, 3.0 TFL, 1 Fumble Recovery)
-LB Nathan East (82 tackles, 1.5 TFL, 4 QB hurries, 3 PBU, 1 Fumble Recovery)
-DB Ty Herring (73 tackles, 1 PBU, 1 INT)

Samford finished the 2019 season with a 5-7 mark, including 4-4 in SoCon play. The Bulldogs found their starting quarterback in Chris Oladokun following the graduation of the league’s all-time passing leader, Devlin Hodges. Oladokun, the South Florida transfer, passed for over 2,000 yards with 18 touchdowns and rushed for 493 yards and eight scores. Samford has finished fourth in the league in back-to-back years, including in 2019 after the Bulldogs started 2-0 in SoCon action before finishing 4-4 on the season. 

The Samford football team had eight players named to nine different spots on the Southern Conference’s preseason All-Conference teams. Montrell Washington was named first-team All-SoCon as both a wide receiver and as a return specialist. Offensive lineman Mike Williams, defensive lineman Armond Lloyd and place-kicker Mitchell Fineran all joined Washington on the first team. Samford’s second-team All-SoCon selections were running back Jay Stanton, linebacker Nathan East, defensive back Ty Herring and punter Bradley Porcellato. The Bulldogs were picked to finish 5th in both preseason polls. 

20121 Samford Statistics   (1 Spring Game)
Rushing Offense: 138 yards
Yards per game: 138 
Yards per rush: 2.6 yards
Rushing 1st downs: 10
TDs rushing:  1
Passing Offense: 231 yards per game
Passing 1st downs: 14
Passing Comp-Att-Int: 55-36-2
TDs Passing:  1
Total Offense:  320 yards per game
Fumbles-Lost: 1 - 0
3d Down Conversions: 8 of 19  42%
4th Down Conversions: 2 of 2   100%
Field goal attempts:  1-1
PAT-Attempts:  2 of 2
Red Zone Scores: 3 of 3 
Red Zone Touchdowns: 2 of 3 
On-Side Kicks:  0 - 0
Penalties-Yards:  4 - 47 yards
Punts-Yards: 8- 289 - Avg. per gm 35
Sacks:  6