PREVIEW: Mocs are looking for strong finish

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CHATTANOOGA—The 15th-ranked Chattanooga Mocs wrap up the regular season Saturday in Western Carolina. It’s the first time the Mocs and Cats have played a football campaign against each other.

Chattanooga is on its way to just its fifth eight-win season since 1980. The last four came during Coach Rusty Wright’s 2013-16 streak as an assistant coach. It’s also the last chance to impress the FCS Playoffs Committee looking for a 5th trip (1984, 2014, 2015, 2016).

Even the cats are looking for something special. A win marks their first successful season since 2017. Western has the best overall offense in the league (503.1 ypg), while the Mocs are second in overall defense (321.0).

Three Mocs continue an assault on the record books. Junior RB Ailym Ford set three records during the matchup with Samford: most career 100-yard games (17), most career TDs by a running back (32), and became the first mocs rusher to make three 1,000 -Yard campaigns recorded. Next is Derrick Craine’s season record of 1,251 rushing yards in 2015. The countdown speedometer for Ford is set for 155 yards (1,097).

Defensive tackle Devonnsha Maxwell stands on the threshold of school and conference history with 36.5 career sacks. That’s just 0.5 behind program and SoCon record holder Davis Tull (2011-14) 37.0.

Junior Advantage Jay Person wants to put the icing on the cake for his outstanding campaign. His 17.5 tackles for losses is 1.5 behind and better than Tull’s team mark of 19.0 in 2012 Dale Warren in 2016.

Saturday’s show is the SoCon/Nexstar Game of the Week and on ESPN+. Kick-off is at 1 p.m




team recording SoCon Statistics among the top 25 Trainer Top 25
Chattanooga 7-3 5-2 fifteen 17
West Carolina 5-5 3-4

TRAINER

Chattanooga: Rusty Wright (Chattanooga ’96) | UTC: 22-16 (4th) | Career: Equal | against World Cup: 2-0
WCU: Kerwin Bell (Florida ’88) | WM: 9-12 (2nd) | Career: 102-54 (12) | vs UTC: 0-1

SERIES

Game: 48. | Record: 30-17 | H: 17-7 | A: 13-10 | SoCon: 28-16 | Last 5: 4-1 | Series: +3

LAST MEETING
45-17 win last October in Chattanooga
– Season-best offense for the Mocs: Points (45), total (488 yards), rushing (271), and passing (247)…season-low (vs. FCS opponents) 17 points for Western Carolina
– Four turnovers forced (3 Int/1 FR)…seasonal high for takeaways.
– No 100-yard rusher today, but three backs had 74 or more yards in Tyrell Price (82), Gino Appleberry (79), and Ailym Ford (74)

MEDIA
TV – Nexstar/ESPN+ – Pete Yanity (PxP) & Jared Singleton (Analysis)

Radio – Mocs Sports Network: 96.1 FM, 100.3 FM & 1070 AM – Jim Reynolds (PxP), Todd Agne (Analysis) & Will Poindexter (Sideline). Also available online at GoMocs.com.

Listen Live – The radio show is available online for free on GoMocs.com and on the Varsity Network app

QUOTABLE

“Just go out and do it. We gotta get it down… win no matter what it looks like. It just means play hard and give us a chance to keep playing. For the older guys it just sticks with the same group for a different game. For the younger guys it’s all about gaining experience so they know what to expect as they gain more experience. – Senior DT Devonnsha Maxwell this weekend

“That means they will leave the place better than they found it. They have stayed here all the time and made sure it is in a better place than when I arrived (2019). It’s because of their hard work and commitment to each other.” – Coach Rusty Wright on what this group of seniors meant to the founding of the program

3 HINTS TO KNOW

  • First trip to Cullowhee since the 26-6 win on October 13, 2018. The two teams met in Chattanooga in 2019 and 2021, with the 2020-21 game being postponed due to COVID.
  • Rusty Wright is the first head coach since brother Bill Oliver to have 500 or more seasons in his first four years: 2019 (6-6), 2020-21 (3-2), 2021 (6-5) and 2022 (7) . -3); 22-16. Rusty, Brother, CFB Hall of Famer Frank Thomas (1925-28) & Leslie Stauffer (1910-13) are the only ones in school history to have accomplished this.
  • Chattanooga leads the league with the fewest penalties (36) and penalty yards (388), while Western Carolina has the most penalties (56) and penalty yards (840).

WEEKLY AWARDS 2022
week 1

Reuben Lowery III, SoCon Defensive Player of the Week
Reuben Lowery III, TSWA Tennessee Defensive Player of the Week
Ailym Ford, TSWA Tennessee Offensive Player of the Week

week 2

Preston Hutchinson, SoCon Offensive Player of the Week
Preston Hutchinson, TSWA Tennessee Offensive Player of the Week

week 3

Preston Hutchinson, SoCon Offensive Player of the Week
Preston Hutchinson, TSWA Tennessee Offensive Player of the Week
Ty Boeck, TSWA Tennessee Defensive Player of the Week

week 5

Ailym Ford, TSWA Tennessee Offensive Player of the Week
Reuben Lowery III, SoCon September Defensive Player of the Month
Jay Person, TSWA Tennessee Defensive Player of the Week

week 8

FedEx Ground FCS National Team of the Week
Athlon FCS National Team of the Week
Kameron Brown, SoCon Defensive Player of the Week

week 9

Ty Boeck, TSWA Tennessee Defensive Player of the Week

week 10

Reuben Lowery III, SoCon Defensive Player of the Week

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