4-1 Mocs Still Looking to Play Four Quarters of Football

Chattanooga-(WDEF-TV) Mocs coach Tom Arth hasn’t felt his team has delivered their absolute best this season, and maybe that caught up with Chattanooga over the weekend as they lost to ETSU 17-14. It marked UTC’s first defeat of the year.

With two months still left in the regular season, Mocs offensive lineman Chris Barnes says one loss should not be too deflating.
Said Barnes:”This is week six of the season. We are still early. We still have a lot of things in front of us. That’s our first loss. In my mind, I still want to go to through the SoCon and win the SoCon and go to the playoffs.”
Despite a 4-1 record, Chattanooga has yet to play four quarters of football this season. So why is that so hard to achieve?
Said Arth:”I think it’s like anything else in life. You know it’s hard to be consistent. I think consistency is a great quality in a human being, and I think it’s a very rare quality.              Regardless of what’s happening around you. To remain consistent. To be the same person is a real challenge.”
It can also be a challenge to secure the football. The Mocs forked over three fumbles in their loss to ETSU.
Said Arth:”For all the statistics that there are in football. At the end of the day, the one that matters is the turnover margin. The New England Patriots since 2001 are plus 179 in turnover margin. The next best team is the Green Bay Packers at like plus 78. It’s not a surprise when you look at that and say well they won five Super Bowls since that time as well. It’s just incredible. That is what matters. The ball matters.”
Playing in the SoCon is like playing in the NFL, at least when it comes to parity
The Mocs last seven SoCon games have been decided by seven points or less.
Said defensive lineman Derek Mahaffey:”It’s football. I’ll tell you that. It’s very physical and tough. You’ve got to play every game at a hundred percent because everybody is good in here.”

The conference grind will continue Saturday as UTC entertains 6th ranked Wofford at 3pm.

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