Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Terriers looking to erase last year's bad memories, exact revenge on Gardner-Webb


That was what Terrier play-by-play voice Mark Hauser said when asked if he could summarize last year's game against Gardner-Webb in a single word.

"[It was] followed closely by 'drenched'," he added, referring to the driving rainfall experienced throughout the contest.

Those thoughts were the general ones conveyed by Terrier fans after the events that unfurled on the night of September 21, 2013.

"Very frustrating of those games we could have probably won a million different ways," Mike Ayers noted to TerrierVision on Monday.

Wofford fell to Gardner-Webb by a score of 3-0, in what was the first shutout the Terriers had faced since 2005 (at Western Carolina), and the first suffered at home since all the way back to 1987 (vs. Davidson).

This Saturday, the Terriers will get a chance to even the score with the Runnin' Bulldogs in a 6:00 P.M. contest that will serve as the Palmetto & Pine Sports Network Game of the Week.

What follows are our responses to the questions posed by the Game of the Week situation:

What is your biggest concern coming into this game?

Last week against North Greenville, we had some obvious troubles in the game's first half, particularly some spotty pass defense. 

I don't feel that the Terriers will be overlooking anyone anytime soon, so that shouldn't be a problem. However, we'll have to iron out a few more bugs on both sides of the ball before we get into the SoCon slate. As of now, our earlier concerns with the squad's youths have been relatively soothed.

My biggest concern would have to be our gaps in coverage and the possibility that we allow teams like Gardner-Webb to go pass-crazy on our defense.

Wofford wins if...

Following the North Greenville game, Mike Ayers said, "When we came out after that second delay, I think our kids finally relaxed; they played the way that they're capable of playing, and did a great job."

If the Terriers can come into the game loose enough to execute and play smooth football, but continue to stay sharp and alert, they can pull this off. Wofford has the power and the will to win this football game, but to seal the deal, they need to play a full sixty minutes of football, with no gaps in continuity or mindfulness.

The key is to relax and unleash their abilities as a football team.

Players to Watch

Why not look forward seeing to Lorenzo Long this Saturday? He had 138 rushing yards on 15 carries last Saturday, lighting up play after our second lightning delay.

A defensive player that has come up big lately is redshirt-freshman safety Cole Higbie, who recorded ten solo tackles against North Greenville. 

Game Prediction

As a team, Wofford has a lot to prove in this new SoCon landscape. It starts with the non-conference games, and the Terriers will be motivated and ready-to-play coming into this contest.

Wofford 31, Gardner-Webb 17

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