Cullowhee, N.C. – Coming off its bye week and a season-opening victory over Newberry, Western Carolina (1-0) hits the road for the first time in 2018 as the Catamount football team travels to Gardner-Webb (1-1) for a special Friday evening match-up at Ernest W. Spangler Stadium. Kickoff for the rescheduled game is slated for 6:00 pm.
Friday's game will be broadcast on the Catamount Sports Network (CSN) with live streaming audio available online at CatamountSports.com. With WCU's game encroaching on the typical high school football territory, fans across Western North Carolina can also hear Friday night's game on 94.1 FM / 1590 AM WBHN out of Bryson City/Cherokee, the sister station to CSN affiliate 105.7 / 540 AM WRGC of Sylva. Also, WISE Sports Radio 102.9 FM / 1310 AM will have the CSN broadcast.
Fans can also follow the Gardner-Webb broadcast of the Big South Network on ESPN+ (subscription required) with Fabian Fuentes and Blake McCandless on the call.
Western Carolina travels to Boiling Springs for a second-straight season to face regional, Big South Conference rival, Gardner-Webb. This year's meeting marks the third in a four-year, home-and-home series that continues in Cullowhee next fall. The Catamounts lead the all-time series, 5-3, including wins in three straight meetings with the Runnin' Bulldogs.
Last fall, WCU used 146 rushing yards and two touchdowns by Detrez Newsome to pull away for a 42-27 victory at Spangler Stadium. The win snapped what had been a seven-game road winless drought for the Catamounts. All told during the current three-game win streak – which dates back to 2010 – WCU has outscored Gardner-Webb, 114-to-55 – or an average of 38.0-to-18.3 points per game.
Gardner-Webb scored a season-opening victory over Limestone before falling last weekend at fifth-ranked North Carolina A&T in Greensboro. Despite dropping a 45-6 decision to the Aggies a week ago, the game stood at just one score difference prior to the halftime break. NCA&T pulled away in the second half, blanking Gardner-Webb in outscoring the Runnin' Bulldogs, 28-0, over the final 30 minutes.
Western Carolina head coach Mark Speir reflects on the bye week before turning his attention to this week's match-up with the Runnin' Bulldogs in the latest installment of “Catamount Football Weekly.”
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