Football hosts Sewanee Tigers in annual Homecoming game Saturday
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham-Southern is looking to make it two wins in a row in Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play when the Panthers host the Sewanee Tigers on Homecoming Oct. 22. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. in Panther Stadium on the BSC campus.
Birmingham-Southern is 4-2 overall on the year, and 1-2 in SCAC play. Sewanee is 1-6 overall, and 0-4 in the conference.
BSC is coming off a 44-21 conference win over Austin College at home last Saturday. Sewanee lost a tough 17-7 conference matchup at home to perennial power Trinity University last weekend.
Against common opponents, both schools have lost to Centre and Trinity. BSC owns the victory over Austin, while the Kangaroos beat Sewanee 34-17 two weeks ago.
Birmingham-Southern is 3-0 against Sewanee since reinstating football in 2007, beating the Tigers 34-17 last year in Sewanee. BSC is 3-1 all-time vs. the Tigers dating back to 1921.
The Panthers continue to lead the SCAC in rushing offense at 256 yards per game following last weekend's 392 yards on the ground against Austin. Birmingham-Southern is second in scoring offense at 36 points per game. Senior tailback Walter Arrington remains the league's leading rusher, averaging 115 yards per game on the ground, and is first in all-purpose yards as well. He rushed for 184 yards against Austin College. Sophomore tailback Shawn Morris is third in the league in rushing at 81 yards per contest, and first in scoring and touchdowns. Morris scored three times on the ground against Austin to bring his league-leading total to 11.
Defensively, the Panthers rank third in rushing defense at 128 yards a game, and fourth in total defense at 25 points a game. BSC is led by junior defensive back Andrew Shannon with 40 total tackles on the season. He recorded an interception and eight tackles, including 2.5 tackles for a loss of 10 yards, against Austin and was named the SCAC Football Defensive Player of the Week.
Sewanee ranks near the bottom of the SCAC in several categories, including scoring offense at only 13 points a game and total defense giving up 36 points a game. The Tigers are led offensively by freshman quarterback Lee Schurlknight with 645 yards passing and three touchdowns through seven games. Junior running back Zeke Wilson is averaging 47 yards a game on the ground.
Junior defensive back Alfonza Knight leads the Tiger defense with 75 total tackles, two interceptions, and four forced fumbles. Sophomore defensive back J.D. Crabtree has two interceptions on the season.
"Our football team always gets excited about Homecoming week," said Garfinkle. "It's traditionally our largest crowd of the season, and the players look forward to the alumni returning for the game and all the activities involved. It's not hard to motivate them this week, but we do intend to make sure they remain focused.
"We want to avoid any letdown from coming off a big conference win last week over Austin, and facing a Sewanee team that has struggled at times this season. While we want to enjoy the fact that it's homecoming, we still face a very tough conference opponent. The first thing our coaches brought to the attention of our players this week is that Sewanee only trailed Trinity 10-3 with four minutes to go in the game last Saturday. We expect to have our hands full Saturday."
The game can be heard on Birmingham-Southern's live streaming Internet radio broadcast featuring play-by-play by Josh Caray. The free online broadcasts, as well as Live Stats, are accessible through www.bscsports.net and begin approximately 15 minutes before kickoff.
Birmingham-Southern travels to Greencastle, Ind., Oct. 30 to face league-leading and defending conference champion DePauw University at noon at Blackstock Stadium.