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Postby BestOfBreed on Wed Oct 19, 2005 12:54 pm

Southern Conference Notebook
from the Macon Telegraph

http://www.macon.com/mld/macon/sports/12937470.htm

When coaches talk about having "great respect" for an upcoming opponent that's often interpreted as coachspeak for, "we know they're lightweights and we're going to cream them, but we can't say that."

However, when veteran Appalachian State coach Jerry Moore says he has "great, great respect for Wofford," he throws out some numbers that give his comments credibility.

The Mountaineers (4-2, 3-1 in SoCon) and Wofford (4-2, 2-1) are among four teams with one loss each in the Southern Conference race and they meet Saturday afternoon in Spartanburg, S.C., with the loser falling out of the conference race.

Appalachian enters off a 24-7 humbling of Georgia Southern, but Moore said Monday that he believed his team will have its work cut out for it against the Terriers.

"We were in a staff meeting this morning going over some numbers," said Moore during the league's coaches' teleconference, "and Wofford has beaten us two of the last three years, they've beaten Georgia Southern three of the last four and Furman one of the last two.

"We won last year," Moore continued, "but lost the two years before and both of those losses cost us at least a tie for the championship. Our people will have no problem getting ready for Wofford."

Moore is in his 17th season at Appalachian and is now 6-8 against the Eagles and of those 13 previous meetings he could not recall a game in which App held the Southern offense in check the way it did last Saturday.

"I can't think of a time they didn't have a scrimmage play over 15 yards," he said. "The fact we didn't give up a big play other than the fake punt was huge."

Georgia Southern's longest run of the day was a 15-yard keeper by quarterback Jayson Foster, and linebacker John Mohring had a 36-yard run off a fake punt.

PLAYING FOR PLAYOFFS

GSU (4-3, 3-2) opens a four-game stretch drive that it hopes will result in an at-large berth to the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs. The Citadel (2-4, 2-2), coming off a 39-31 triple overtime loss to Furman, provide the homecoming opposition in the first game. Game time has been pushed back to 3:30 p.m. to accommodate the CSS network.

Southern has three of its final four games at home with Furman visiting on Nov. 5 in a game that could have major playoff implications. The Eagles visit new I-AA member South Dakota State next week and finish the season by hosting Morehead State, which is a limited scholarship I-AA program. They will be heavily favored in both of those games.

The Eagles could have their hands full with the Bulldogs who lead the league in defense against the rush, yielding only 112 yards per game. Florida State managed only 149 yards against the Dogs and Ole Miss was held to minus 20 yards rushing in the first half.

• FOUR-TEAM RACE

Appalachian, Wofford, Furman and Chattanooga are the four teams who retain league championship hopes.

Here's what it looks like for the contenders:

• Appalachian: at Wofford, Chattanooga at home, at LSU, Western Carolina at home, at Elon.

• Furman: Elon at home, Open, at Georgia Southern, Wofford at home, at Chattanooga.

• Wofford: Appalachian at home, at The Citadel, at Western, at Furman, at Gardner-Webb.

• Chattanooga: Western at home, at Appalachian, The Citadel at home, Furman at home.

The schedule favors the Mountaineers as it has games with Wofford and the league's three weakest teams. Both UTC and Western, however, beat the Mountaineers last year.

Wofford has by far the toughest road of anyone with its last four games on the road. Chattanooga has three at home, and Coach Rodney Allison's team is one victory away from its first winning season since 1997.

The "P" word is being whispered at Chattanooga, but Allison has essentially threatened to whip anyone who uses "playoff" in his presence.

"We're only one loss from not being in the picture," he said. "You lose another game in this conference and you're basically out."

Compiled by Mike Brown, Telegraph Correspondent
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