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By Todd Vinyard, Special to CatamountSports.com

Cullowhee, N.C. – Two games.

Western Carolina head coach Mark Speir’s team enters this week against Wofford (6-3, 5-2 Southern Conference) having lost six straight games after winning the first three. Speir knows his team will need to focus on Wofford and a season finale game at North Carolina Nov. 17th. The coach is interested to see what the team is made of after a loss to The Citadel after having a 14-point halftime lead.

“We’ve got players that haven’t learned to win yet, and we’ve got two weeks to focus on these games,” said Speir, whose squad is 3-6 overall and 1-6 in the SoCon. “We need to see guys that want to practice and get better and learn how to win. The Citadel found a way to win.”

The Catamounts know the road to conclude 2018 isn’t an easy one.

“We are going to go to work to fix the Catamounts,” Speir said. “Wofford is a good football team that is trying to win a Southern Conference championship. I cannot wait to see what our response is. We get to play a very good team at our place.  We will see what our mentality is.”

WCU concludes its home schedule this season this Saturday when it hosts the Wofford Terriers at E.J. Whitmire Stadium/Bob Waters Field.

Chancey racking up tackles

Senior linebacker Mitchell Chancey continues to put up strong tackling numbers this season for the Catamounts. The Asheville native out of Erwin High School had a career-high 19 tackles against The Citadel. He has recorded double-digit tackles in every game this year.

Chancey is now just nine tackles short of joining WCU’s top 10 single-season chart (118, Eric Johnson in 1998).

Next up Wofford

The nationally-ranked Wofford Terriers come to Cullowhee this Saturday after a 35-20 loss to Samford. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 pm at E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field following the home-opener of the Mark Prosser era at WCU with a Noon men’s basketball tip-off in the Ramsey Center.

The Terriers are in second place in the SoCon as the season’s end draws to a close. ETSU is in front at 6-1 in the conference and will finish the season with Samford after a bye week. Samford and Furman are one game behind Wofford at 4-2 with Samford’s schedule concluding with The Citadel and ETSU, while Furman has VMI and Mercer left.

Wofford closed to within 21-20 to Samford in the second half before the Bulldogs from Birmingham pulled away in the fourth quarter.

"It is disappointing to say the least," said Wofford head coach Josh Conklin on WoffordTerriers.com. "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."

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