PARKERSBURG - The Glenville State College football team will look to secure its first road win of the season at 1 p.m. Saturday when the Pioneers take on host Charleston in a Mountain East Conference clash.
Charleston (2-3, 2-1 MEC) is coming off a 28-9 loss at then No. 12 Shepherd last Saturday. UC led 9-7 with 9:36 left in the third quarter following a Maurice Leak touchdown pass, but the Rams tallied the final three touchdowns.
Head coach David Hutchison's Pioneers (2-3, 2-2) had a solid homecoming victory last Saturday against W.Va. Wesleyan, which found itself down 28-0 before halftime in what turned out to be an eventual 35-32 setback.
The two rivals have split their last four meetings with the Pioneers winning 14-10 last fall at Morris Stadium.
Neither program is lighting up the scoreboard. UC, which ranks 150th in total offense and produces less than 264 total yards a game, averages just 21 points an outing (127th). However, the G-men are ranked 120th in scoring offense and average just 23 points a contest.
One area where GSC is likely to try and gain an edge is in the running game. The Pioneers, led by tailback Rahman Lee's 595 yards rushing (No. 18 in Division II), will try to exploit a Golden Eagles team that is giving up more than 204 yards rushing a game. That also should bode well for a GSC offense which is ranked 15th nationally in time of possession.
Charleston is led by running backs Leighton Settle (326 yards) and John Knox (228). Leak has hit 60 of his 103 passes, but has only two touchdowns to go along with four interceptions.
Sean Steele continues to start at quarterback for GSC and is 53-of-99 with three touchdowns and four interceptions.
Lee, who is backed up by DeShaun Sands and Derek McRae (combined 44 rushes, 240 yards), has added 14 catches and 248 yards receiving thus far.
The Pioneers' Darren Elliott has four interceptions on the season and is currently ranked tops in the country in passes defended. James Johnson continues to lead the G-men in total tackles with 40.
Charleston, which has seen former Parkersburg South all-state defensive back Logan Cox make 10 stops this season, can create havoc in the backfield as evidenced by Isaiah Gibson and Rockford Stone, who have six tackles for loss apiece.
UC will be going up against a Glenville State defense that ranks 18th in the country.