Nov. 11, 2010
AUDIO: Wagner on SoCon Teleconference
Cullowhee, N.C. -
Western Carolina returns home this Saturday, Nov. 13 as it plays host to the Georgia Southern Eagles in Southern Conference action in the final home game of the 2010 season at E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field. WCU will also induct the 21st class into its Athletics Hall of Fame with ceremonies both Friday night and Saturday morning.
Fourteen Catamount seniors playing the final home game of their careers will be honored in a special pregame ceremony, while festivities also pausing to honor the six newest members of WCU's Athletics Hall of Fame at halftime. Kickoff of the home finale is slated for 3:00 pm.
Western Carolina vs. Georgia Southern Game Notes
Saturday's game will be broadcast by the Catamount Sports Network and can be heard on seven stations across North and South Carolina - locally on WWCU-FM, Power 90dot5 and 680 AM WRGC - as well as online at www.CatamountSports.com. The Carolina Ford Dealers pre-game show begins at 1:30 pm.
The Northwest Ticket office at Whitmire Stadium will open at 10:00 am on Saturday with both sales and Will Call, with gates opening at 1:30 pm.
Six former student-athletes with ties dating back to the 1950s through the present day comprise the Hall of Fame class which includes former student-athletes from three different sports. Tom Bodine (Football, 1991-94), Tobe Childers (Football, 1957-60), Kerry Hayes (Football, 1991-94), Anquell McCollum (Men's Basketball, 1992-96; Assistant Coach, 2004-present), Gaston Seal (Men's Basketball, 1959-63) and Rebecca Twiner Hastings (Women's Golf, 2000-04) will all be enshrined this Saturday beginning at 8:30 am in the Ramsey Center Hospitality Room.
WCU Athletics Hall of Fame Ceremonies Set for This Weekend
Western Carolina (2-7, 1-5 SoCon) will look to end a couple of skids this Saturday against the Eagles. The Catamounts have dropped four-straight on the season, last winning at The Citadel back on Oct. 2, and have lost 15-straight in the head-to-head series with Georgia Southern. The 15-game slide to GSU is tied for the longest such drought between current SoCon members, matching Elon's 15-consecutive losses to Appalachian State.
Overall, WCU trails in the all-time series, 2-18, but both victories have come in Cullowhee (1941 & '94). In the most recent Cullowhee meeting, the Catamounts took a 28-point lead in the fourth quarter after former defensive lineman Gene Singletary
rumbled 31 yards for his first career touchdown on an interception return. However, the Eagles mounted a feverish 35-point comeback, upending WCU in overtime, 38-31.
The Eagles come to Cullowhee flying high after upsetting top-ranked Appalachian State last Saturday in Statesboro, Ga., in overtime, 21-14. First-year head coach Jeff Monken has returned the triple-option attack once synonymous with GSU. Reigning SoCon Freshman of the Week Robert Brown leads a very balanced rushing attack for the Eagles, averaging just 58 yards per game on the ground as 15 different players have recorded rushes for Georgia Southern on the season. The Eagles are averaging 244 yards on the ground per game.
Keying the option transition has been Georgia Tech transfer, quarterback Jaybo Shaw, who is averaging just 25.2 rushing yards and 89.9 passing yards per game, but has scored a team-best eight rushing touchdowns and tossed four TD passes. Shaw was a part of the Yellow Jackets offense installed by Paul Johnson - who is a 1979 WCU graduate.
Three members of the Georgia Southern coaching staff will make a homecoming of sorts this Saturday. Current defensive line coach John Scott (1995-98) and wide receivers coach Lamont Seward (2000-03) both played collegiately for the Catamounts before joining the coaching staff, while Eagle defensive coordinator Brent Pry was an assistant under former head coach Bill Bleil. Scott continues to rank 10th in WCU's history with 31 career tackles for loss, while Seward's 190 career catches continues to rank third in school history and seventh on the SoCon's career ledger.
For the Catamounts and third-year head coach Dennis Wagner, the squad will look for four complete quarters on Saturday to try and secure the first home victory of the season. WCU has gone winless at home just six times in program history, last occurring in 1963 prior to moving to the NCAA Division I level.
WCU led Furman at intermission a week ago after combining for 234 yards of total offense in the opening half. But, the Paladins limited the Catamount offense to just 55 yards of total offense after the break, adding 17 third-quarter points for the 31-17 victory.
SoCon Freshman of the Year candidate, WR Deja Alexander, recorded his second-consecutive 100-yard receiving game, tallying 106 yards on just four catches - two of which came in double-coverage. Also last week, all-conference candidate Torez Jones picked off his SoCon and nation-leading seventh pass of the season in the secondary.
Saturday's Hall of Fame ceremonies commence at 8:30 am in the Peele, Westmoreland Suhre, Hartshorn Hospitality Room on the first floor of the Ramsey Center, with kickoff of the football game at 3:00 pm.
Updated Traffic Pattern Reminders:
Fans coming to the game Saturday are again asked to use the University's main entrance off of N.C. Highway 107. All Catamount Club members who have RESERVED PARKING are encouraged to enter campus at the Forest Hills Road entrance to gain access to the Stadium and Creek Parking Lots. Catamount Road, which runs behind the West Stands and the Ramsey Center, will be closed to through traffic with a pass required to gain access to the Chancellor's, Creek and Stadium parking lots.