Cullowhee, N.C. – Two of the top offensive units in the Southern Conference square-off this Saturday with regular-season championship implications on the line. Western Carolina (3-6, 1-6 SoCon) returns home for its final regular season home game, hosting the No. 14/15 Wofford Terriers (6-3, 5-2 SoCon) at E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field. Kickoff of the home finale is slated for 3:30 pm in a game that will be broadcast on ESPN3.
With upstart ETSU having already secured at least a share of the 2018 Southern Conference football championship, sitting idle this week at 6-1 in league play, Wofford needs a win in Cullowhee to have any chance at claiming a piece of the conference crown in back-to-back years. The Terriers will also need at least one other
Enter the Catamounts who look to play spoiler on Senior Day, while also trying to put the clamps on six-game seasonal winless drought.
All of those storylines add up to a special weekend in Cullowhee as a part of a tripleheader that gets underway with the home-opener for women's basketball Friday night at 6:00 pm as WCU hosts Campbell at 6:00 pm in the Ramsey Center. Saturday's true doubleheader features the opening of the Mark Prosser era at home in WCU men's basketball as the Catamounts host former conference foe and NCAA participant from a season ago, College of Charleston, at Noon in the Ramsey Center. Kickoff of the football home finale follows at 3:30 pm next door at Whitmire Stadium / Waters Field.
Tickets for Saturday's football regular season home finale are on sale online at CatamountSports.com, as well as weekdays through the WCU Athletics Ticket Office on the first floor of the Ramsey Center and by phone at (828) 227-2401. Purchasing or presenting a ticket to Saturday's football game will grant the bearer free admission to the basketball home-opener on Saturday.
WCU is slated to honor the 17 senior members of the Catamount football team in a special pregame ceremony. WCU will also recognize all of the senior members of the WCU Dance Team, the Catamount cheerleaders, and the "Pride of the Mountains" Marching Band, with the latter following the band's halftime performance.
In addition to Senior Day, Saturday's game is also being billed as “Military Appreciation Day” with former and active members of the military receiving free admission in addition to a $15 ticket in advance for their families, with the same deal extended to all first-responders including active and retired police, fire, and emergency services personnel.
Fans are reminded that football game day parking and tailgating policies are in effect through the weekend. Catamount Road that skirts both the Ramsey Center and Whitmire Stadium will be shut down on game day and accessible only by credentials. General admission parking for those attending the basketball game is available in the Hennon Stadium baseball lot.
Catamount head football coach Mark Speir talks about last weekend's game against the triple-option attack of The Citadel before focusing on this week's opponent, Wofford, who also uses a strong ground game on offense in the latest installment of “Catamount Football Weekly.”
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