Mocs Open SoCon Play Against Offensive Minded Western Carolina
Chattanooga-(WDEF-TV) It’s the SoCon opener for the Mocs Saturday as they face Western Carolina.
Mocs are favored to win the SoCon this year.
And they’ve looked the part the last couple of weeks after an early season set-back.
High hopes and high expectations greeted the Mocs to start the year.
And so did an opening season loss to Austin Peay.
Said head coach Rusty Wright:”I think we got slapped in the face. Plain and simple. I think we got slapped in the face and hit in the mouth and reality set in.”
Said offensive lineman McClendon Curtis:”We had so much hype coming into the season that everyone was like okay yeah. Austin Peay. They’re not going to lay down. I think that game woke us up.”
Mocs are playing like a new team now.
They gave Kentucky all they wanted in their last game.
Said Wright:”Then you go on the road in the SEC and go play your best game so far. It wasn’t great, but it was our best game so far.”
Said defensive back Joshua Jones:”Like we didn’t get the win, but I believe it was a step in the right direction. I believe that going through the bye week that we will be able to carry over into Western as well.”
New challenge Saturday.
Former Gator star quarterback Kerwin Bell brings a Western Carolina team to Finley Stadium that ran 99 plays last week.
Wright:”40 second clock in the cut-ups. That ball is being snapped. 30 seconds left on it. 28. 27. 25. I mean about every 15 seconds, they’re getting a play off.”
Said Curtis:(chuckles) “Being an offensive lineman. If you ran 99 plays, you kind of wonder who is rotating or if someone is rotating.”
Said Wright:”Watching Western play. I think we broke down four games, and there’s over 400 and something plays in it. We haven’t played 400 plays in six games here before.”
Said Jones:”The main thing is getting lined up. If we get lined up as a defense, we’ll for sure put ourselves in a position to be able to try to dominate these guys, and that’s the plan going into the game.”