~ Steve Lathan/JSU
~ Steve Lathan/JSU

Jacksonville State will host their first home game of the season against West Alabama.

The Gamecocks (1-1) are coming off an open week to get ready to play the Tigers of West Alabama (2-0).

“We were able to heal up after two very physical football games in Michigan State and Chattanooga,” said Coach Grass.

The last game the gamecocks played was against Chattanooga where they won in overtime 26-23. The win gave the Gamecocks their first win of the season and gave John Grass his first career win as head coach of the Gamecocks. Now, Coach Grass and the Gamecocks are looking to win their first home game.

“It feels like half the season is gone and we haven’t had a home game yet, but it is going to be good to play in front of our home crowd this week playing West Alabama.”

This is the 46th meeting between the two teams and JSU leads the series 32-12-1. The Gamecocks have won 16 of the last 19 meetings. The last time the two teams played was in 1992 where Jacksonville State won 54-27. Both Coaches are in their first season as head coach.

Jacksonville State has an overall record of 47-18-3 in home openers since the Gamecocks moved to Burgess-Snow Field in 1946. The Gamecocks have won eight-straight home openers as they look forward to making it nine-straight.

Jacksonville State is in for a tough one against West Alabama as the stats show a close matchup. The Gamecocks have an average passing offense of 173 while the Tigers have a passing offense of 159. It’s not that close in the rushing offense as West Alabama has an average of 274.5 and Jax State has an average of 153.5. The rushing defense of Jax State allows an average of 142 yards while West Alabama allows only 69.5. The passing defense is a lot closer as the Gamecocks average is 196 and the Tigers average is 200.5.

The Gamecocks are third in the OVC Standings. In the FCS Standings, the Gamecocks are eighth in the coaches poll and ninth in the Sports Network.

“I bet the student section will be rocking,” said Coach Grass, who is a JSU alumni.

“It is going to be special,” he said.

Jacksonville State will face West Alabama on Saturday at JSU Stadium at 3 p.m.

Marvel Robinson
Sports Editor

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