After a big win against West Virginia Wesleyan last Thursday, the Bucs broke their four game losing streak in a 38-7 victory.
“Getting that win last Thursday was big,” said sophomore running back Jajuan Stinson, who led the team in yards against Wesleyan. “We haven’t been moving the ball that well on offense, but last week we moved it a lot. We ran for a lot of yards, so that should give us some confidence head into these next few weeks.”
Now they prepare to face a tough team come Saturday.
The Bucs will be heading to Charleston, South Carolina to take on the top team in the Southern Conference (5-0 in conference, 7-0 overall), The Citadel Bulldogs. Despite being in several close games, the Citadel has defeated many teams who have outlasted the Bucs, including Furman, Chattanooga and Wofford.
With the separation in location, The Citadel will have a strong home crowd.
The Citadel brings in a strong offense as well. They have a quarterback and three backs that all have over 400 total offensive yards — quarterback Dominique Allen and backs Tyler Renew, Cam Jackson and Reggie Williams.
“They’re an athletic team,” said sophomore linebacker Dylan Weigel. “They do everything right. They have a lot of explosive players on offense. They have good running backs and quarterbacks that execute well, and they don’t turn the ball over. For us on defense, we have to play physical and tackle well. We have to make sure we’re doing our assignments every play.”
Their defense doesn’t give their opponents many yards, which helps the offense stay off the field. The team averages 34:31 time of possession each game.
“We know this will be a challenge, but I think it’s a great opportunity,” said ETSU Head Coach Carl Torbush. “It is another good situation to see where we are and where we need to go in the SoCon.”
The Bucs are 3-4 overall and are entering the in hopes of changing that to 4-4. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m.