GAMEDAY CENTRAL: Crusaders hit the field for the final time in 2017

GAMEDAY CENTRAL: Crusaders hit the field for the final time in 2017
Friday, November 10, 2017
GAMEDAY CENTRAL: Crusaders hit the field for the final time in 2017
Ashton Heard gashed the Tiger defense for 179-yards and a touchdown in 2016.

Tigerville, S.C. – North Greenville football will wrap up the 2017 season on Saturday afternoon down in Alabama against the West Alabama Tigers, a rematch of the opening game of 2016.

The Crusaders travel down to Alabama looking to finish the year with a 5-5 record after falling to 4-5 last week following an overtime loss to Delta State. The Crusaders will take on West Alabama for only the second time in program history with the first meeting coming last season in Tigerville.

NGU faces a tough task on Saturday against an 8-2 West Alabama team that is ranked 22nd in Division II football. The Tigers have played a few common opponents this season including Lenoir-Rhyne, Delta State, and Florida Tech. The results were a pair of wins over LR and Delta State and a two-point loss to the Panthers from Florida.

The West Alabama Offense

  • The Tigers are currently 15th in the nation in scoring offense, averaging 40.4 points per contest. The attack for UWA has been pretty balanced with 26 touchdowns on the ground compared to 21 through the air.
  • The Tigers do a good job in both the air and ground game running for 176-yards a game while throwing for an impressive 274.
  • Lakenderic Thomas leads the charge this season with 762-yards on 144-attempts, both team highs. He also leads the team with 12-touchdowns on the year.
  • The team’s leader on offense is Harry Satterwhite, a 6-1 182-pound junior. Satterwhite leads the team in completions with 244, yards, with 2,554, and touchdowns with 19.
  • Yardage wise Satterwhite’s favorite target has been Donta Armstrong a 5-10 pass catcher who has 53-receptions for 715-yards. Five of those catches have gone for touchdowns. He is not the team leader in receiving touchdowns however.
  • Corey Davis holds that honor, hauling in seven catches for touchdowns this season and 38 for 405-yards on the season.

The West Alabama Defense

  • The West Alabama defense has been just as impressive as its holding opponents to just 21.6 points per game.
  • The Tigers have limited opponents to just six touchdowns on the ground and just 129-yards per game.
  • Offenses have found some success through the air against the Tigers though, throwing for 229 yards a game for 13-touchdowns.
  • The Tigers have gotten the job done up front this season with 76-tackles for a loss resulting in 319-yards lost for opponents. They also have 11-interceptions and 12 fumble recoveries.
  • 30 of those tackles for a loss were quarterback sacks with 199-yards throw away by opposing offenses. That ranks them in the top 25 in all of Division II in that category.
  • In 10 games this year, Terry Samuel has led the team with 81-total tackles including a team high in tackles for a loss with 10.5 and five quarterback sacks. He’s also forced a fumble.
  • Tevin Madison is a guy to watch for the Tigers as he leads the team with five interceptions on the year and 14 pass breakups.

Last Time Out 2016 Recaps

2017 Statistics

How to Follow

The Crusaders and Tigers will kick it off at 2:00 pm central time in Livingston, Alabama. It is a 3:00 pm eastern time kick. The game will be broadcast live by West Alabama with streaming video, radio, and live statistics available. The links to each are provided below.