STATESBORO, Ga. - Georgia Southern Football continues its four-game homestand, playing host to Northeastern this Saturday (Sept. 13). Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Paulson Stadium.
There will be a fireworks display at halftime, sponsored by Briggs and Stratton. The Statesboro Recreation Department will have a youth football game at halftime. In addition, this Saturday is also Junior Eagle Club. All JEC members can show their card and receive free admission to the game this Saturday.
Every Georgia Southern Football game can be heard on the 19 station Georgia Southern Radio Network (Eagle 102.9 FM the flagship station). Chris Blair (play-by-play), Terry Harvin (color analyst) and Ryan Chambers (sidelines) will call the action.
Subscribers to Eagle Vision can also watch the game live, and the contest will also be archived following the game.
Every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. 'Inside Georgia Southern Football with Chris Hatcher' is on the air at Locos Grill and Pub. Coach Hatcher and Chris Blair will recap the previous game and look ahead to the upcoming game against the Huskies. The broadcast will be carried live on Eagle 102.9 FM.
This Friday at Bishop Field House will mark another installment of the coach's luncheon, featuring Coach Hatcher. Tickets are available and can be purchased by calling Southern Boosters at (912) 478-5522.
Georgia Southern (1-1 overall) won the previous meeting against the Huskies, a 41-38 road overtime victory to open the 2005 campaign.
The 15th-ranked Eagles (FCS coaches poll/17th in Sports Network) will look to build on last week's 34-20 win over Austin Peay. The defense recovered three fumbles in the fourth quarter, which led to a 21-point outburst.
Senior Chris Covington (Lawrenceville/Brookwood) leads the defense with 14 tackles, including one forced fumble and one recovered. Fellow senior Quentin Taylor (Apopka, FL/Apopka) is close behind with 12 stops, including 1.5 for a loss. Junior defensive back Brandon Echols (Decatur/St. Pius) has recorded 11 tackles. Carson Hill (Milledgeville/Baldwin County), another junior defensive back, has 10 tackles and ranks among the national leaders with four pass break-ups.
Sophomore quarterback Antonio Henton (Fort Valley/Peach County) leads in total offense with 280 yards (110 rushing/170 passing). He has accounted for four touchdowns - two on the ground and two in the air.
Junior Darrel Pasco (Clearwater, FL/Countryside) is averaging nearly 20 yards per kickoff return while junior Terence Hall (Milton, FL/Pace) has 31 yards on two punt returns.
Northeastern, coming off a bye week, opened the season two weeks ago losing 48-14 at FBS member Ball State. The Cardinals scored 24 points in the second quarter and another 10 in the final 15 minutes. NU (0-1) scored a TD in the second and fourth quarter.
Alex Broomfield, who returned a kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown in the only other meeting with Georgia Southern, rushed for 62 yards on 18 attempts. Greg Abelli recorded a touchdown, rushing for 41 yards. Anthony Orio, who made his first collegiate start in the loss to GS, was 14-of-30 for 149 yards. Chris Plum made six catches for 89 yards. Ron Conway was forced to punt nine times but averaged 41.1 yards with a long of 52. Cornelius Bunch and Phil Higgins each tallied nine tackles. David Akinniyi and Rashad Jordan contributed eight stops each.