By Carey Phillips
Western Carolina’s football team will return home Saturday to face North Greenville in a 3:30 p.m. non-conference game at E.J. Whitmire Stadium/Bob Waters Field.
Last week, the Catamounts (0-2) lost 41-0 at Atlantic Coast Conference and Football Bowl Subdivision member N.C. State.
The shoe will be on the other foot this week as they try to snap a 10-game losing streak against a lower-division opponent. The Division II Crusaders play in the Gulf South Conference.
The biggest question entering the week is the status of Tyrie Adams, WCU’s record-setting quarterback. The senior was one of four players suspended for undisclosed reasons prior to the State game.
WCU’s sports information department had not responded to a request for comment on Adams’ status for this week and beyond by the Herald sports deadline Tuesday.
North Greenville opened its season Saturday with a 17-7 win over Newberry. Dre Williams was named the Gulf South Conference Freshman of the Week after rushing for 113 yards. Harold Hilton added 74 yards on the ground.
Crusader quarterback London Johnson completed eight of 14 passes for 129 yards. Kyle Belack caught four passes for 70 yards.
North Greenville is coached by Jeff Farrington. His team uses a spread offense and multiple defenses and is coming off a 4-6 season.
This is the first meeting between the schools. The game is being promoted as a “Gold Out,” and all fans are asked to wear gold.
The Cats, who allowed 38.6 points per game last season, are yielding 45.0 points in two games this year.
Without Adams and facing an ACC defense, Western’s high-powered offense was shut down Saturday. The team managed just 106 yards of total offense, including only 8 yards rushing.
Will Jones replaced Adams at quarterback and completed 15 of 27 passes for 98 yards.