The football team will leave Wildcat Stadium this week and compete in San Antonio against the University of Incarnate Word for its first Southland road game.
Going into the weekend, the Wildcats have not won a game on the road since 2014, which means the team will be looking to end that streak against the Cardinals.
“It’s a real battle cry for us right now to be road dogs and go out and get a [win],” said Head Football Coach Adam Dorrel. “Our guys are excited about that; it’s something where we can check a box this year and say we got a road win.”
The Wildcats will look to avoid falling below .500 in conference as they go into the game with a 1-1 Southland record after a win against Houston Baptist and a loss against Stephen F. Austin. They will also look to improve their overall record of 1-3.
After four total games, the team has mustered up 1329 yards of offense and given up 1629 defensively. Junior quarterback Dallas Sealey has accounted for well over half of the yards offensively, throwing for 872 and rushing for 64. Sealey struggled last week, however, throwing two interceptions, which gives him six on the season. He also fumbled once.
Sophomore wide receiver Josh Fink has been productive on offense for the Wildcats and enters the game with 130 yards and two touchdowns on the season.
Defensively, sophomore safety Bolu Onifade has emerged as a leader and has the most tackles on the team with 36, including three for a loss.
Incarnate Word faces the Wildcats coming off of a bye week. The Cardinals’ last game was the 37-31 heartbreaker against SFA when the Lumberjacks returned a pick-six to win as time expired.
The Cardinals come into the game with a 0-3 record overall and a 0-1 conference record.
Sophomore quarterback Sean Brophy leads UIW offensively, having thrown for 513 yards and five touchdowns. Supporting Brophy, junior wide receiver Zaire Andre leads the team with 136 yards, while junior tight end Malik Harris has caught three touchdowns.
Dorrel said the team has a strong mindset going into the game.
“It’s really easy for us to be motivated right now, because of our poor performance on Saturday,” Dorrel said. “We want to get back to playing good football, regardless of the outcome, so that everyone can feels good about their performance and how they did.”
The game is scheduled to kickoff at 6 p.m. Saturday. The game can be seen on ESPN3 or heard on 98.1 FM.