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#24 West Alabama (6-2, 3-2) vs. North Greenville (4-4, 1-3)
Oct. 30, 2021 | Younts Stadium | Tigerville, S.C. | FloSports
Noon ET | SLY104.9

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THE SERIES
This is the fifth competition between these two teams, and North Greenville leads the series 3-1.

WEST ALABAMA
West Alabama is 6-2 on the season and 3-2 in conference play to rank fourth in the GSC. The Tigers are coming off their first losses, 42-17 versus Valdosta State and 35-30 against Delta State. UWA is looking for its first win at Tigerville and its first win against North Greenville since 2017. Tigers are hoping to stay in playoff contingency. The last time UWA appeared in the playoffs was in 2018.

NORTH GREENVILLE
NGU is 4-4 overall and 1-3 in conference play. The Crusaders rank sixth in the Gulf South Conference. NGU enters the Saturday game after a 34-12 loss versus West Georgia.

COACH GILLILAND
Head Coach Brett Gilliland is in his ninth season in Livingston and carries a 51-28 record. In his first season, Gilliland started his tenure 5-6 but hit a landmark 50 wins, making him the winningest coach in the program’s history.

COACH JEFF FARRINGTON
Head coach Jeff Farrington has been with North Greenville for eight season. He currently holds a 43-42 record.

COVERAGE

Radio: SLY104.9: Robert Upchurch and Will Atkinson handle the call, and the live stream will be broadcast on FloFootball.com.

UNDEFEATED ON THE ROAD
After going 0-2 on its home field, the Tiger football team returns to the road where it is undefeated, 4-0. UWA defeated Tuskegee decisively in its first road game of the season, 33-7. West Alabama had a nail-biting fight to the finish 31-28 victory at Mississippi College but returned to form with a 38-20 win at West Georgia and a 44-7 victory at Shorter University.

PLAYING CLOSE
The four games in the UWA-NGU series have been decided by a total of nine points, with the Crusaders winning 24-23 in 2016 at home, the Tigers winning 29- 26 at home in 2017, and NGU winning 20-16 in Tigerville and 29-28 in Livingston in 2019.

DROPPING IN THE POLLS
After making its 2021 debut in Week 3 in the AFCA Coaches poll at No. 21, the Tigers fall off the poll altogether in Week 8 for the first time since its debut. The Tigers were ranked 15th last week before their devastating 35-30 loss against Delta State during the UWA homecoming. West Alabama remains in the D2Football.com poll falling from No. 15 to No. 24.

LAST TIME VERSUS NORTH GREENVILLE
The two teams did not meet during the 2020 season due to canceled conference play because of the pandemic. The Tigers hosted NGU in 2019 and fell 29-28. The Crusaders won the game in the last 16 seconds with a 34-yard field goal. NGU had 479 offensive yards and held UWA to 38. West Alabama committed five penalties for 55 yards.

TIGERS VERSUS CRUSADERS IN TIGERVILLE
West Alabama fell by four when it last made the trip to Tigerville, 2016. Tyriq Martin began the scoring effort for UWA, catching a 25-yard pass from then quarterback Jacob Murphree in the first 50 seconds of the game. Martin had three receptions for 33 yards in the competition, just under Christian Saulsberry, who had four receptions for 40 yards. North Greenville had 332 offensive yards while holding UWA to 221. The Tigers had 14 penalties for 151 yards.

COMMON OPPONENTS
There are no accurate predictors when looking at their common opponents. With both teams being in the GSC, they have both faced off against Mississippi College, Delta State, and West Georgia. The Tigers defeated Mississippi College (31-28) and West Georgia (38-20), while NGU lost to both 42-21 and 34-12, respectively. The Crusaders picked up their lone conference win against Delta State (42-34), while the Tigers fell 35-30 to the Statesmen.

UP NEXT
The Tigers will finish the regular season at home with competitions against West Florida and Mississippi College. Next week, UWA will host the Argonauts on Saturday, Nov. 6, at 1 p.m. inside Tiger Stadium.

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