The Wildcats are heavily favored to win against the East Central Tigers in Ada, Okla., this weekend. ACU remains unbeaten at 5-0 for the season, mirroring East Central’s 0-5 record.
East Central has struggled offensively, averaging only five points per game. Their defense has not been much stronger. They have given up close to 35 points per game.
ACU enters the game averaging close to 34.8 points per game on offense, while giving up an average of only 17 points per game. The Wildcat defense is looking to lower its points per game average against a weak Tiger offense, after giving up 33 points last weekend to the top-ranked offense in Division II.
Although the numbers predict a win for the Wildcats, the Tigers are still on a high from one of their best defensive outings this season, led by junior corner back, Alex Woodley. Woodley had four interceptions last week in a 17-7 loss against Northeastern State, and he was named Lone Star Conference North Defensive Player of the Week for his outstanding performance.
“East Central’s defense is what stands out to me,” said Head Coach Chris Thomsen. “They held Northeastern to 17 last week. Their offense has struggled so far, but if they can get their offense going, they will be a more complete team. We expect a tough game in Ada.”
The Wildcats will try to ramp up their offense Saturday, although they have had a superior rushing attack all season. This game will also be a good opportunity for the Wildcats to improve their passing game and try to work out a stronger quarterbacking system.
All three quarterbacks have seen playing time, and they have all made some good plays in the first five weeks of the season. But good plays do not wipe out the numerous slipups. This week could vital if one quarterback emerges as a clear starter.
“We are evaluating all three QBs this week in practice,” Thomsen said. “We will make a determination on who is starting at the end of this week. They are all working hard and trying to get better every week.”
Returning starters Aston Whiteside and Tony Harp continue to direct the Wildcat defense. Whiteside leads the team in tackles for a loss with 7.5 and in sacks with 5.5. Harp leads the team in overall tackles, with 28 for the season.
The Wildcats will fight to maintain their perfect record Saturday at 2 p.m.