Chase Cochran | Samford Athletics
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Samford football team will return home to play host to the 15th-ranked ETSU Bucs Saturday at 2 p.m. at Bobby Bowden Field at Seibert Stadium.
“This week it doesn’t get any easier for us as ETSU comes to town,” Samford head coach Chris Hatcher said. “They have one of the best running backs in the league, if not the best (Quay Holmes). They also have the leading defense in our conference. So, it will be a very difficult ballgame, playing a team that is undefeated coming to our place this weekend.”
At halftime of the game, Samford will officially dedicate the field at Seibert Stadium to Samford graduate and legendary head coach Bobby Bowden. Members of the Bowden family will be on hand for the ceremony.
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This marks Samford’s second Southern Conference game of the season. The Bulldogs have a mark of 2-1 overall and 1-0 in league play after a 42-37 win at Western Carolina last week. ETSU will be playing its SoCon opener Saturday. The Bucs come into the game with a record of 3-0 overall following a 38-6 win over Delaware State last week.
“We’re excited that we went on the road and won a tough ballgame in a very tough place to play,” Hatcher said of the WCU win. “We overcame a lot of difficulties with the weather and ebbs and flows of the game. So, I’m really proud of our guys for hanging in there and finding a way to win a hard one on the road.”
Samford and ETSU are meeting for just the ninth time, with Samford owning a 6-2 lead in the overall series. The teams last met on Feb. 20, 2021, in the season opener for the spring season. The Bucs came away with a 24-17 win in Johnson City, Tenn. Since ETSU re-joined the SoCon in 2016, Samford holds a 3-2 series lead. The programs first met on Nov. 18, 1989, with Samford earning a 38-23 win at Seibert Stadium.
The Samford defense continued its trend of creating takeaways in last Saturday’s game at Western Carolina. The Bulldogs caused four turnovers from the Catamounts (three interceptions and one fumble). Wade White had an interception and a fumble recovery. Noah Martin and Chris Edmonds also had an interception each in the victory.
PUTTING UP POINTS
Over the last six-plus seasons under head coach Chris Hatcher, the Samford offense has scored at least 30 points 36 times. The unit has put up at least 40 points 21 times, and at least 50 points a total of 10 times.
In six-plus seasons under head coach Chris Hatcher, Samford has made a habit of quick scoring drives. In Hatcher’s time at Samford, Samford has had 146 scoring drives of two minutes or less and 67 that have lasted one minute or less.
EDMONDS STRIKES AGAIN
During the 2021 spring season, Samford safety Chris Edmonds led the SoCon and tied for third nationally in total interceptions with four. Edmonds has picked up right where he left off so far this season. He has two interceptions through the first three games of the season, picking off passes against both Tennessee Tech and Western Carolina.
EAST IS A BEAST
Through the first three games of the season, Nathan East leads the Southern Conference in tackles with 29. His average of 9.7 tackles per game also leads the league.
GRADUATE STUDENTS MAKING AN IMPACT
Samford has eight graduate students on its 2021 roster. Dakota Chapman (RB), Nathan East (LB), Armond Lloyd (DL), Coutrell Plair (CB), Tyler Russell (LS), Seth Simmer (DL), Liam Welch (QB) and Deandre Williams (RB) are all earning graduate degrees at Samford.
SAMFORD AGAINST TENNESSEE TEAMS
Samford has an all-time record of 86-85-9 against teams from the state of Tennessee, including a mark of 6-2 against Saturday’s opponent, ETSU.
AGAINST SOUTHERN CONFERENCE TEAMS
Since joining the Southern Conference in 2008, Samford has posted a record of 57-45 in conference games. All-time against the current members of the SoCon, Samford has a mark of 83-75-4, including a 6-2 record against ETSU. Samford’s all-time record against each current SoCon team is: Chattanooga (10-32-3), The Citadel (7-7), ETSU (6-2), Furman (11-12), Mercer (14-12-1), VMI (6-2), Western Carolina (16-3) and Wofford (13-5).
WARE HAS BIG DAY
In last week’s 42-37 win at Western Carolina, running back DeMarcus Ware had a big day. Ware turned in his second 100-yard rushing game of his career, with 26 carries for 118 yards and three touchdowns in the win. For his efforts, he was named the SoCon Offensive Player of the Week on Monday.
SPREADING THE BALL AROUND
Samford graduate quarterback Liam Welch has done a good job of spreading the ball around so far this season. Welch has completed passes to 12 different receivers, throwing touchdown passes to four different receivers. Montrell Washington leads the group with 15 catches for 245 yards and two touchdowns.
WARE PRODUCING POINTS
Entering Saturday’s game against ETSU, senior running back DeMarcus Ware leads the Southern Conference in scoring, averaging 10.0 points scored per game.
THE LAST TIME AGAINST ETSU
Samford and ETSU last met on Feb. 20, 2021, with ETSU picking up a 24-17 win in the spring season opener. A.J. Toney had eight catches for 78 yards for Samford. Trimarcus Cheeks led the Samford defense with eight tackles and one forced fumble.
FINDING WAYS TO SCORE
In two of Samford’s first three games, the Bulldogs have scored a non-offensive touchdown. In the season opener against Tennessee Tech, Montrell Washington returned a punt for a touchdown, and Ty Herring had an interception return for a touchdown at UT Martin.
ON THIS DATE
Samford has an all-time record of 2-6 in games played on Sept. 25. The last time the Bulldogs played a game on the date was in 2010, a 35-17 loss to top-ranked Appalachian State. The first time a Samford football team played on the date was in 1925 when the Bulldogs earned a 35-0 win over Marion Institute. In 1954, Samford played a game at the National University of Mexico, falling, 13-6.
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