Western lost to No. 8 in Homecoming matchup

Western Carolina University football fell to the No. 8 FCS ranked team, University of Tennessee Chattanooga in Saturday, Oct. 29, homecoming festivities. The final score was 38 to 25.

Western lining up before a play. Photo by Calvin Inman.

Western lining up before a play. Photo by Calvin Inman.

Catamounts seemed to float on whether they wanted to be in the game or not through out Saturday’s competition. Out the gate in the first quarter, the Catamounts answered Chattanooga’s first touchdown with seven points of their own. They score one more field goal in the first quarter.

Chattanooga hold them to that ten points until the third quarter, but by then the Mocs had already scored 24 more points. The Cats would score one more time with a long with a two point conversion with less than a minute to go. The Mocs would return to the field in victory formation to win the game.

“You never accept a loss and we played an outstanding UTC team,” said Western Carolina University head coach, Mark Speir.

Coach Speir giving direction during Saturday's game against UTC. Photo by Calvin Inman.

Coach Speir giving direction during Saturday’s game against UTC. Photo by Calvin Inman.

Turning the direction away from losing homecoming and to how one Catamount left his mark in this homecoming match-up. Western Carolina University running back, Detrez Newsome, rushed for a net total of 277 yards and had 347 all purpose yards. This broke the school’s record for both rushing and all purpose in a game.

“I give all the credit to my o-line (offensive line). If it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t have my two touchdowns,” said Newsome after the game.

Coach Speir praised Newsome.

“Detrez has that capability that he can go to the house at anytime and he showed that tonight,” said Speir.

Nov. 5 will be the Catamounts Senior day against the Virginia Military Institute Keydets. The Catamounts will be looking for their first win since the week 2  against the Gardener Webb Bulldogs.