Originally created 10/25/02

Georgia Southern coming off big win, faces The Citadel



Georgia Southern, which moved a step closer to an unprecedented sixth straight Southern Conference championship after upsetting Appalachian State last week, faces The Citadel on Saturday.

Georgia Southern (5-2, 4-1) moved up three spots to No. 10 in the NCAA Division I-AA rankings with the win over Appalachian, which fell from No. 3 to No. 8.

The Eagles have two more league games remaining after The Citadel - against East Tennessee State and Furman. If they win all three, they will be the conference champions.

Georgia Southern leads Division I-AA in rushing offense (401.6 yards per game) and is second in total offense (487.6 yards per game), led by quarterback Chaz Williams, who has rushed for 724 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Eagles senior All-American linebacker Freddy Pesqueira (sprained knee) and senior linebacker Mike Ward (torn biceps), who did not play against Appalachian, are both questionable for Saturday's game.

In their absence, linebacker Joe Scott, the team's leading tackler "was a calming influence out there," said Georgia Southern coach Mike Sewak. "He'll have to be that again Saturday."

The Citadel (2-5, 1-3) has lost five in a row to Georgia Southern. Game time is 2 p.m. EDT in Charleston, S.C.

In Gulf South Conference games Saturday, West Alabama (4-3, 2-3) is at Valdosta State (7-0, 5-0), and West Georgia (3-4, 1-4) is at Arkansas Tech (2-5, 1-4).

In Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference matchups, Clark Atlanta (2-5, 1-4) is at Albany State (3-4, 2-2), Lane College (3-4, 3-3) is at Morehouse (4-3, 2-2) and Tuskegee (6-1, 4-1) is at Fort Valley State (6-2, 6-0).

Samford (3-3) plays at Morris Brown (1-6).