Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Wofford hopes to preserve long winning streak vs. The Citadel

Prior to the 1998 Wofford vs. The Citadel tilt, co-owners of the Spartanburg staple Beacon Drive-In, who were graduates of the respective institutions, struck a bet that would mark the advent of a conference tradition.

The Bulldogs spoiled the Terriers' season opener by taking a 20-14 decision, and Steve McManus escaped the fate of dressing in a Wofford cheerleader uniform at work.

The only thing is, The Citadel hasn't won since.

You read that right; Wofford has put away their in-state neighbors to the southeast every year since, starting with a 47-16 triumph in 1999.

In recent years, however, The Citadel has been gaining ground; in fact, the previous two meetings have been decided by an average margin of only seven points.

Now a new question arises.

Is this the season that will see The Citadel's fifteen-year drought come to an end?

"The big thing that we will preach and teach all week will [be] seeing the flow of the balls; seeing what you need to see," Mike Ayers noted to TerrierVision on Monday. "[The Citadel is] going to be tough. I would say, at this point, they're probably farther than we are, as far as development as a football team."

"But we're making progress," he added. "We're going to have to have some young guys step up; we're going to have to be consistent on defense, and offensively, we've got to take care of the ball, and we've got to generate some offense."

He said further about the Bulldogs, who earned their first victory of the 2014 season last Saturday, defeating Gardner-Webb 37-14: "They coach [the kicking game] well; they attack you, they're aggressive, and really their whole mindset of football, whether it's their offense, or whether it's their defense, or the kicking game [is that] they're out to block kicks, they're running an aggressive style of offense; they're going to pound you."

"You better get ready for an all-day battle." 

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