By Carey Phillips


Western Carolina’s football team will end its season Saturday with a 12:30 p.m. Southern Conference game at Virginia Military.

The Catamounts (3-4, 3-7) are tied for fifth in the league and would move into a fourth place tie with a win.

The Keydets (4-3, 6-4) are currently in fourth place.

WCU is last in scoring defense in the conference (43 points) and next to last in total defense (459.3).

Western leads the league in passing offense (312.3 yards) and is second in total offense (456.5 yards).

WCU quarterback Rogan Wells is second in passing (274.5 yards) and total offense (333 yards). Right behind him in both categories is VMI’s Seth Morgan (218.9 passing yards, 235.2 total offense yards).

Western’s Raphael Williams leads the conference with averages of seven receptions and 91.4 receiving yards.

VMI’s top rusher is Korey Bridy. Leading receivers for Coach Scott Wachenheim’s team include Jakob Herres and Michael Jackson.

Both teams have wins over Wofford (31-23 VMI, 41-21 WCU). They both lost to East Tennessee (27-20 VMI, 56-35 WCU).

The Cats beat Furman (43-42) and Citadel (45-31). The Keydets lost to those teams by scores of 37-31 and 35-24, respectively.

VMI owns wins over UT-Chattanooga (37-34 in overtime), Mercer (45-7) and Samford (46-45). The Cats lost to those teams by respective scores of 45-17, 34-24 and 42-37.

Western has dominated the series 23-4. However, VMI ended a 17-game losing streak to the Cats with a 30-7 victory in the spring season.