Week 10 Preview -- West Virginia Wesleyan at Glenville State

Week 10 Preview -- West Virginia Wesleyan at Glenville State


Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 – 12 p.m.

West Virginia Wesleyan (4-5; 4-4 MEC) vs. Glenville State (4-5; 3-5 MEC)

Location: Morris Stadium (Glenville, W. Va.)

Series History: Wesleyan leads the series, 42-37-1

Last Game: 2016 – Glenville State 31, West Virginia Wesleyan 28

Current Streak – Glenville State has won two in a row

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BUCKHANNON – West Virginia Wesleyan vs. Glenville State is one of the oldest rivalries in Mountain State football.

The two teams first played in 1909 with the Bobcats winning 38-0.

Now 108 years later, the two teams are set to renew acquaintances for the 81st time this Saturday at noon in a Mountain East Conference battle at I.L. & Sue Morris Stadium.

The Bobcats hold a 42-37-1 lead in a series that has produced some epic battles.

The game will be critical for not only bragging rights but for positioning in the MEC standings with just two weeks left in the season.

Both teams enter the game with identical 4-5 overall records while the Bobcats are 4-4 in the MEC. Glenville State has a 3-5 league record.

Wesleyan could still finish as high as fourth in the MEC standings if they win their final two contests.

Both teams have played well in the month of October; Wesleyan has won two of their last three contests while Glenville has won three of their last four. 

Special teams continue to shine for the Bobcats.

Wesleyan return specialist Jujuan Linzy continues to lead the Mountain East in both kickoff returns (25.5) and punt returns (20.1). Kickoff specialist Nick Banta is tied for league lead in kickoff net at 38.4. Punter Tyler Fischer has placed 19 balls inside the opponents 20.

Wesleyan's defense is led by Brandon Grayson's 79 tackles (55 solo, 24 assist). He sits in a three-way tie for the lead in fumble recoveries, a spot also occupied by teammate Aman Speed Jr. who has returned two of them for touchdowns.

Cody Goode leads the teams in sacks with five.

Wesleyan will look to jump start their offense as they are last in the conference in scoring average and 10th in total offense.

Glenville State's defense is seven in the league allowing 364 yards per game.

True freshman Kenny Lewis Jr. has developed into the go-to receiver for the Bobcats. Lewis has snagged 36 passes for 422 yards so far in his rookie campaign. 

Quarterbacks Ryan Deal and Luke Casey have split time this season under center.

Deal has completed 78 of his 157 passes for 880 yards and seven scores while Casey has made good on 51 of his 106 attempts for 510 yards and two scores.

The Wesleyan running game has been hampered by injuries this season.

Devin Montgomery still leads the rushing attack with 438 yards on 78 carries. Tra Jackson has come on strong of late rushing for 106 yard two weeks ago against Notre Dame.

Glenville State's offense is led by quarterback Jaylen McNair who has passed for 1328 yards and 14 touchdowns. His favorite target has been Javon Butler with 32 catches for 531 yards and eight touchdowns.

The Pioneers are third in the MEC in passing offensive averaging 241 yards per game.

Following this game, Wesleyan will close out the regular season next Saturday when they host West Virginia State.


(File photo courtesy of Brian Bergstrom/The Record Delta)