The Birmingham-Southern football team will travel an hour south to Montgomery, Ala. this Saturday, Sept. 11 as they face off with the Huntingdon Hawks. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. The Panthers have won the last two Wesley Cups.
If you are unable to make it to the game you can still follow along on the live stream at https://www.youtube.com/c/HuntingdonAthletics.
A look at the BSC Panthers
This weekend marks the 11th matchup all-time against Huntingdon College. In the previous 10 games BSC holds a 6-4 edge over the Hawks. These two teams have not seen each other since 2019, when the Panthers took home the most recent victory by a score of 45-13.
On offense the Panthers expect more of the same from Robert Shufford. Shufford rushed 25 times for 188 yards and three touchdowns in the season opener against LaGrange. The BSC offense did not turn the ball over and finished with a total of 426 yards. Birmingham-Southern was as efficient as it gets in the redzone scoring every time they entered.
On the defensive side of the ball the Panthers expect to keep causing havoc. The defense got home for four sacks with Cameron DeArman recording two of them. The Birmingham-Southern defense did not allow LaGrange to score in the second half and also did not allow them to enter the redzone. They will look to carry that momentum into this rivalry game.
A look at the Huntingdon Hawks
The Hawks come into this matchup after a hard-fought battle with University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh, then ranked No. 9 in the country. Huntingdon narrowly upset UW-Oshkosh but fell 28-24 last Saturday.
The Hawks racked up 404 yards in the loss. Junior, quarterback, Landon Cotney recorded 351 total yards of offense and three touchdowns. The Hawks running game looks to be deep with four guys getting at least 3 touches from the running back position. Huntingdon only entered the redzone once last week going a perfect 1-1 in opportunities.
The Hawks won the turnover battle last week picking off the Oshkosh quarterback twice. Huntingdon allowed 377 total yards in the game. The line backing core for the Hawks is a talented group with two of their top three tacklers coming from that position. Linebackers Casey Peppers and Tucker Spence combined for 24 total tackles.
Other Panther Notes
> BSC has won the previous two matchups against the Hawks.
> BSC is 3-2 when playing at Huntingdon.
> The Panthers have scored 35+ points in three straight matchups against the Hawks.
> Robert Shufford has rushed for over 125 yards in 11 of his last 13 games, dating back to the 2019 season.
Following the Wesley Cup the Panthers will travel to Little Rock, Ark. To take on NAIA school Arkansas Baptist on Saturday, Sept. 18 at 1 p.m.