PARKERSBURG - For the past five seasons, Glenville State has emerged victorious in its gridiron battle against the Yellow Jackets of West Virginia State.
The two Mountain East Conference foes will wrap up their respective campaigns starting at 1 p.m. Saturday inside Dickerson Stadium when the visiting G-men come to town.
Senior day for W.Va. State (0-10, 0-9 MEC) and a win against the Pioneers would be a good start to forgetting what has been a tough season for head coach Jon Anderson's team. The Jackets average just 9.4 points a game - last in Division II football - and have the fourth worst total offense and the seventh worst rushing offense.
That doesn't bode well on paper for the hosts considering Glenville State still ranks 16th nationally in total defense and needs a victory on Saturday to finish 6-5 overall and 5-4 in the MEC.
Two years ago, though, then first-year GSC head coach David Hutchison's squad needed overtime at Dickerson Stadium to emerge with a 30-23 triumph.
During last week's loss at Shepherd, W.Va. State rushed for only 17 yards on 25 carries and quarterback Tyler Seals hit just 11 of 20 passes for 50 yards. He's completing slightly less than 52 percent of his passes this year and has thrown for 1,509 yards to go along with six touchdowns against 14 interceptions.
Those numbers could take a hit on Saturday since the Pioneers feature defensive back Darren Elliott, whose seven interceptions has him tied for third in the country. James Johnson continues to lead the Pioneers in total tackles and his average of 9.7 stops an outing puts him in a tie for 48th in D-II.
Sophomore tailback Rahman Lee has been the mainstay on offense for GSC. Lee has found the end zone 10 times on the ground and his 1,275 rushing yards is good for 12th in the land.
If the Yellow Jackets hope to keep the Pioneers from ending the season being winners of four out of their last five games the defense will have to step up. W.Va. State's nearest chances at victory this year came in a 9-0 loss at West Liberty along with an 18-10 setback at Virginia-Wise.
William Merritt, who has four picks along with teammate Dominique Matthews, leads W.Va. State in tackles. He had 10 total stops versus the Rams last week, nine of which were solo, and he also forced a fumble. Romell Haley leads W.Va. State defensively with six picks.