1:30 p.m., Shuford StadiumHead coaches Curtis Walker (Catawba) and Gabe Giardina know each other well, from Walker’s days at Coastal Carolina and Giardina’s time at Charleston Southern.
It figures to be a challenging non-conference game for Catawba even if everyone is healthy, and starting QB Reid Carlton (hip, knee) may not be able to go. Ken Avent III would be the next man up.
Albany State (Ga.) has won two straight and don’t be fooled by the losing record. The Golden Rams lost to three strong programs that have been playoff opponents of Catawba — Valdosta State, Tuskegee and West Georgia.
Albany State will challenge Catawba with another triple-option offense, but the Golden Rams run it out of shotgun formation. Kelias Williams and Stephon Masha are the Albany State QBs.
Albany State rushed for more than 300 yards last week.
Albany State’s defense is known as the “Dirty Blue Defense.”
Catawba’s offense has special players in running back Kenyatta Greene and receiver Will Sweeper. It’s going to be priority for the Indians today to get tight end Jourdan Osinskie more involved. Carson-Newman used double coverage to render Osinskie a non-factor last week.
The defensive leaders for the Indians usually are linebackers L.J. Melvin and Jeremiah Ferguson, cornerback Cris Page and defensive linemen Cameron Davis, Jordan Hemingway and Joshua Smith.
Catawba hasn’t faced Albany State since it unloaded on the Golden Rams, 66-35, in a D-II playoff game on Nov. 17, 2007, at Shuford Stadium.
The game will be broadcast on WSAT and televised on Channel 64.