Panthers open home schedule Saturday with Wesley Cup Game against Huntingdon

Panthers open home schedule Saturday with Wesley Cup Game against Huntingdon

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—After opening the season with an exciting come-from-behind victory at LaGrange last weekend, the Birmingham-Southern football team opens its home slate this Saturday, Sept. 12, hosting in-state rival Huntingdon in a 6 p.m. game on Battle Field at Panther Stadium.

BSC is 3-2 against the Hawks in what has been named the Wesley Cup Game. The game gets its name from John Wesley, one of the principle founders of the United Methodist Church; both BSC and Huntingdon are Methodist-affiliated colleges.

The Panthers, who return only six starters from last season's team, trailed for nearly the entire game against LaGrange this past Saturday. With 2:42 left in the game, trailing 28-22, sophomore cornerback Kerrigan Pennington snagged his first career interception and ran the ball back 37 yards to tie things up at 28-28. Freshman kicker Ryder Andrews came through with the extra point to put the Panthers up 29-28 for the victory.

Sophomore quarterback Mickey Courtney started and threw for 110 yards, going 8-20 with one interception. Junior Austin Martin came in in the third quarter and recorded 58 yards on 4-9 passing.

Junior tailback Samir Usman led the rushing effort with 166 yards on 22 carries, including one touchdown. Sophomore tailback Justin Woolfolk also scored a touchdown, the first of his career, posting 37 yards on six carries.

Andrews was 2/2 on both field goals and extra points. Junior defensive back Christian Burlock led the defense with eight tackles, seven of those solo efforts.

The Hawks also enter Saturday's game at 1-0 after defeating Louisiana College, 56-35, at home this past weekend. Junior running back John Iwaniec led with a career-high 179 yards and three touchdowns on 15 carries. Junior quarterback Luke Bailey finished with 260 yards and four touchdowns on 13-of-19 passing, and junior wide receiver Nick Haas led the receivers with 96 yards on four catches. Huntingdon had a huge offensive game, finishing with 652 offensive yards.

Saturday's game at Panther Stadium will feature a live game tracker as well as live streaming video, both available at