Sep 25, 2009
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Returning to the gridiron after an open date this past weekend, the Birmingham-Southern football team is set to face Rhodes College at home this Saturday, Sept. 26, at noon at Panther Stadium. Junior defensive back Zac Napier, junior offensive lineman Jonathan Jones, and sophomore offensive lineman Darius Dalton have been named captains for this weekend's game.
The Panthers are 1-1 on the 2009 season thus far, having dropped a heartbreaker to LaGrange College in the season opener on the road, losing 30-27 on a field goal as time expired, and defeating Campbell University at home, 35-28, in the first-ever overtime game for either program.
Junior quarterback Joe Thigpen leads the BSC offense with 295 passing yards and three touchdowns, averaging 147.5 a game, as well as 111 rushing yards and two touchdowns on the ground, averaging 3.2 yards per carry. Junior tailback Walter Arrington has also rushed for 100 yards and two touchdowns, and leads the team with 302 all-purpose yards. Sophomore wide receiver Eric Nordgren and senior wide receiver Tay Walker lead with 101 and 100 yards, respectively, and a touchdown catch apiece.
Junior linebacker Ryan Carelson leads the defense with 16 tackles, including 10 solo, followed by senior linebacker Victor Allen with 14 and freshman defensive back Andrew Shannon with 13.
Rhodes is 2-1 on the season with wins against Westminster College (MO) and Haskell Indian Nations University, and a loss to No. 18 Trinity University this past weekend. Quarterback Brett Stoots leads the Lynx with 430 yards passing (averaging 143.3 per game) and one touchdown, and running back Nico Lagueruela leads with 188 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Wide receiver Jake Jackson also leads with 167 yards on 12 catches as well as 374 all-purpose yards. Linebacker Andrew Meier leads the Rhodes defense with 32 total tackles, 14 solo, 6.5 tackles-for-loss, and 4.5 sacks.
BSC is 0-2 against Rhodes since re-starting its program in 2007, losing at home, 10-7, in 2007, and on the road, 35-7, last season. Prior to doing away with football after the 1939 season, the Panthers were 3-5 against Rhodes, which was then called Southwestern at Memphis.
Saturday's game will feature a live game tracker, available by clicking here. Tickets are $10.00, and kids 18-and-under are always admitted free to all BSC athletic events. For more information about attending home football games at Panther Stadium, visit the Game Day Guide by clicking here.