Tuesday, August 2, 2022

2022 Football Preseason Preview: Presbyterian College

Throughout this preseason, Purple & Gold will preview all of Western's 2022 football opponents.

For the 2022 season's third game, the Catamounts return to the friendly confines of EJ Whitmire Stadium for the first time this season to face the Presbyterian Blue Hose in a "White Out" game in Whitmire. 

The Blue Hose finished the 2021 season in eleventh place in the Pioneer Football league.  

Game #3 - Presbyterian Blue Hose

When: Saturday, September 17, 2022
Time: 3:30 pm
Where: EJ Whitmire Stadium
Radio: Catamount Sports Network
TV/video: ESPN+
Live Stats: WCU Live Stats
Conference:  Pioneer Football League
Message BoardPresbyterian Blue Hose

The Series: The Cars own a 10-9 record over the Blue Hose, and have won 9 of the last ten meetings between the two teams.  

The Last Game:  Oct. 3, 2015 - Strong fourth quarter pushes Cats past PC  -   Sophomore tailback Detrez Newsome rushed for a career-high 189 yards and two touchdowns as Western Carolina pushed past Presbyterian, 33-21, in non-conference action on Saturday afternoon at a rain-soaked E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field.

Head Coach
Steve EnglehartEnglehart enters his first season as head coach of the Blue Hose. Englehart's hiring came after a national search conducted by the Parker Executive Search firm, working with a search committee including Presbyterian College faculty, staff, coaches, and members of the College's Board of Trustees. The search committee decided unanimously to hire Englehart as PC's next football coach following an extensive review of a strong candidate pool. A majority of the 120 candidates had significant college coaching experience.

Steve Engleharts' Record at PC: 0-0 - the first season
Steve Englehart's record vs. Western Carolina: 0-0
Kerwin Bell's record vs. PC: 0-0

Last Season's Record - (PC 2021): 2-9 overall, 2-4 home, 0-5 away, 0-8 PFL

PC Offense - Returning/loss:  5 / 6
PC Defense- Returning/loss:  5 / 6
Special Teams - Returning/loss:  1 /  2

First-year head coach Steve Englehart will have his hands full this season directing the Pioneer Leagues' only conference winless team, the Blue Hose.  PC was also picked to finish 11th in the Pioneer Leagues coaches' preseason poll for 2022.  

With the 2021 PC quarterback starter (redshirt sophomore) Ren Hefley not on this season's roster, last season's backup (sophomore) Jake Davis will battle sophomore Warner Bush for the starting position. 

2021 Presbyterian Stats (11 games)
Rushing Offense: 1636 yards
Yards per game: 103
Yards per rush: 3..5 yards
Rushing 1st downs: 85
TDs rushing: 11
Passing Offense: 4554 yards or 414.6 yards per game
Passing 1st downs: 176
Passing Att-Comp-Int: 654-407-34
TDs Passing: 44
Total Offense: 5697 yards or 518 yards per game
Fumbles-Lost: 17 -  12
3d Down Conversions: 60 of 175 (34%)
4th Down Conversions: 29 of 84 (35%)
Field goal attempts:  11 - 17
PAT-Attempts: 33 of 36
Red Zone Scores: 29 of 46
Red Zone Touchdowns: 29 of 48
On-Side Kicks: 9 of 48
Penalties-Yards: 73 - 614 - Avg. per gm 51.2
Punts-Yards: 62 - 2545 - Avg. per gm 41

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