The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

October 3, 2012

Wesleyan, Shepherd win streaks on the line Saturday

WVIAC Sports Information

— A preview of Saturday’s games in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference:


West Virginia Wesleyan heads to Shepherd for a match-up between two squads that have the longest winning streaks in the WVIAC currently. After losing their season opener, the Rams have reeled off four straight wins while the Bobcats ended a five-game skid dating back to last season by winning their last two contests.

Defense has carried Shepherd the last two weeks while Wesleyan’s offense has been virtually unstoppable in the two wins. In fact, the Rams are giving up just 7.25 points in their four victories while the Bobcats are averaging  37 points in their two wins.

1:30 p.m.

Glenville State makes the trek to Athens to face Concord in a 2 p.m. contest. The Pioneers are 2-0 in the league for the second time under second-year head coach David Hutchison.

GSC bested the Mountain Lions a season ago, keeping then-first-year head coach Garin Justice from claiming an undefeated WVIAC season. CU’s defense has been strong all season long while GSC’s offense has the ability to strike quickly under seasoned veteran Darold Hughes at quarterback.

The Mountain Lions’ Albert Rose has filled in nicely at the quarterback position for the injured Zach Grossi, and is coming off a career-high 376 passing yards against Shepherd.

West Liberty will play at West Virginia State. Both teams have improved from last year and both are looking for their third overall win of the season and second in WVIAC play.

The Yellow Jackets scored 21 unanswered to win at Seton Hill last week. The road victory was the first for the school since Sept. 20, 2008 – a 24-21 win at Charleston. The Hilltoppers are coming off a 17-14 loss to Glenville State.

WLU’s defense was huge, recording five interceptions in the game.  The Hilltoppers’ defense is 21st nationally in total defense and ranks sixth best in Division II against the run. The team is tied for fourth with 17 turnovers gained in Division II.

2 p.m.

Charleston, which rebounded from a  tough loss two weeks ago with a 30-10 victory over Fairmont State at home last Saturday, hosts Seton Hill.

The Griffins have dropped seven straight dating back  to last season, but played well a week ago. SHU jumped out to a 13-0 lead over the Yellow Jackets. The squad also lost a 34-31 game earlier this season against Urbana. The Griffins are a young, but talented team.

UC counters with an All-American running back in Jordan Roberts. The Golden Eagles’ defense has been strong this year as well.