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good article in Spartanburg paper

PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2006 11:21 am
by terrierbob
Terriers get rolling a little late

DAN ARMONAITIS, For the Herald-Journal
Published November 13, 2006

Following Wofford's 55-0 victory against Chattanooga at Gibbs Stadium on Saturday, head coach Mike Ayers wasn't sure of the exact number of consecutive wins the Terriers had posted."We've won, what, four in a row? Five straight?" Ayers asked the reporters huddled around him.He was told that the precise number is four. Either way, Ayers knew one thing for sure."We're a hot team right now," he said.

Ever since holding off a last-second rally by The Citadel on Oct. 7, Wofford (6-4, 5-2 Southern Conference) has been progressively playing its best football of the season.The Terriers took the nation's top-ranked NCAA Division I-AA team, Appalachian State, down to the wire the following week before going on its four-game winning streak.Suddenly, a team that started the season 2-4 doesn't want to believe that Saturday's game at Gardner-Webb will be its last.

"If there is any way we can get into the playoffs -- even if I have to beg somebody -- I'd do anything to make it happen," senior nose tackle Bryan Blair said. "Right now, we're clicking on all cylinders. If we could make it, I believe we'd make some noise." No matter how much pleading Blair does, it's not likely to make a difference. It's a shame, too, because Wofford might be playing as well as any I-AA team in the country right now."We just have this great team chemistry right now," junior linebacker Kevin Adleman said. "The whole team is just gelling."

For junior quarterback Josh Collier, the mood in the locker room during the last few weeks is reminiscent of Wofford's 2003 campaign."It feels like my (red shirt) freshman year when we pulled off 12 (wins) in a row," Collier said. "Everybody's bouncing around, having a good time and loving football. Nobody wants the season to end."

Although the Terriers are trying not to dwell on the past, they can't help but wonder what could have been had a play here or there gone their way during close losses to Coastal Carolina, USC and Appalachian State."If we could have just a couple (games) back and play them now, I think it would be a totally different ballgame," sophomore fullback Michael Hobbs said. "The defense is playing great. The offense is clicking. You just can't get any better than it is right now."