By Carey Phillips


After winning two straight road games, Western Carolina’s football team will return home Saturday trying to claim its first victory of the season at E.J. Whitmire Stadium/Bob Waters Field.

Kickoff time for the Southern Conference game against Furman is 2 p.m. It will be available online on ESPN3.

The game will pit one of the league’s worst defenses against one of the worst offenses as the teams are tied for fifth place. The Catamounts (2-3, 2-6) are last in scoring defense (41.5 points) and eighth in total defense (454.5 yards). The Paladins (4-4, 2-3) are last in scoring offense (18.4 points) and total offense (321.4 yards).

Devin Wynn leads Furman in rushing with an average of 79.5 yards per game.

Quarterbacks Hamp Sisson, who has been injured, and Jace Wilson have had trouble mounting an offensive attack for Coach Clay Hendrix’s team.

That’s not been the case for WCU as quarterbacks have been named Southern Conference Offensive Player of the Week the past two weeks. Rogan Wells returned from an injury Saturday to throw for 309 yards and four touchdowns in a 41-21 win over Wofford that came one week after Carlos Davis earned the honor.

Wofford is one of three common opponents the teams have had. The Paladins topped the Terriers 42-20 earlier in the season.

Both teams defeated Citadel, with Western winning 45-31 and Furman taking a 24-14 victory.

The Paladins lost 13-3 to UT-Chattanooga last week. The Mocs rolled past Western 45-17 in early October.

Furman holds a 34-12-2 advantage in the series and has won five in a row, including 35-7 in the spring season.