Mocs Ready to Resume Rail Rivalry With ETSU
Chattanooga-(WDEF-TV) The Chattanooga Mocs are coming off that tough overtime loss to VMI.
But the SoCon grind must go on, as UTC entertains rival ETSU Saturday.
The Bucs are undefeated and ranked tenth in the country.
Anytime you play for 108-pound rail tie…you know all bets are off.
Said quarterback Cole Copeland:”Every time ETSU and Chattanooga play it’s going to be a physical game. We know what we’re getting ourselves into, and we’re excited about the opportunity.”
The last three meetings between Chattanooga and ETSU have been defensive dogfights with neither team scoring more than two touchdowns.
Said defensive lineman Devonnsha Maxwell:”Hard nosed. They’re going to run it at us. We’re going to play hard and run it at them. We’re going to see who wins and comes out on top.”
The Mocs lead the Southern Conference in rushing defense, but the Bucs feature a pair of talented running backs, including former Marion County stand-out Jacob Saylors.
Said Maxwell:”We want people to come in here and try to run the ball, so we can show everybody how good our defense is. And then once we get them out of running the ball, we want to show them we can hunt the quarterback as well. We like the challenge.”
Mocs coach Rusty Wright says the Bucs look like a top ten team.
Said head coach Rusty Wright:”Good football team. Doing a lot of things well. Both sides of the ball. Playing at a high level. Beat an SEC school. Quarterback is not turning the ball over. Got some older guys on defense. Just seem to be playing well together.”
Shaping up to be another classic ETSU-Chattanooga game.
Wright:”You know a lot of our kids probably know their kids and vice versa from Tennessee. They recruit the same are that we do. There’s a lot of familiarity. You get to playing it. We’ll see how it goes. I’m sure they’ll be amped up and ready to go.”
Kickoff at Finley Stadium is set for 1:30pm.