GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The Furman Paladins kick off their 2010 Southern Conference schedule this Saturday when arch-rival The Citadel pays a visit to Paladin Stadium for a 2:00 p.m. game that will mark the 90th renewal of the SoCon's longest running active rivalry and highlight Family Weekend at Furman.
The Paladins and Bulldogs first clashed in 1913 and since 1919 have battled every year with the exception of a three-year stretch from 1943-45 when the two gridiron foes suspended football and closed ranks with the rest of the country and allies to take on Hitler, Mussolini, and Hirohito.
Furman, which holds a commanding 55-31-3 series advantage, sports a five-game winning streak against The Citadel in Greenville and is 11-3 versus the Bulldogs in Paladin Stadium. Since 1978, the Paladins have forged a 13-3 home worksheet against its traditional rival, including a 34-20 verdict two years ago.
Ranked 23rd in this week's Sports Network/Fathead.com Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Top 25 poll, Furman (1-1) is coming off a 38-19 loss to FBS 13th-ranked South Carolina on Saturday. In that contest senior slot receiver Adam Mims racked up 10 receptions for a career high 202 yards and a touchdown to lead the Paladins, who also got a third quarter interception return for a touchdown from true freshman defensive end Shawn Boone.
Senior quarterback Cody Worley will start against The Citadel after completing 17-of-29 passes for 189 yards against South Carolina. His new backup will be sophomore Dakota Derrick, the replacement for junior Chris Forcier, who sustained a season ending shoulder injury in the second quarter versus USC.
Furman opened the campaign with a 45-15 thrashing of then 25th-ranked Colgate in Greenville.
The Citadel (2-1) dropped Presbyterian, 26-14, last Saturday after suffering a 52-6 setback to Arizona two weeks ago. The Bulldogs ripped Chowan, 56-14, in the season opener.
The Paladins are 6-2 in SoCon season openers under head coach Bobby Lamb, who sports a 5-3 record versus The Citadel.
Saturday's activities will also include the inaugural pre-game visit to Furman by WFNZ's renown Southern Fried Football Tour headed up by "The Packman," Mark Packer.
The Furman-Citadel game will be broadcast over Furman Sports Network Greenville flagship station WOLT-FM 103.3 and also available over Upstate affiliate WGOG-FM 96.3 and via Paladin Stadium transmitter at FM 105.9. In addition, it will be presented online by StretchAudio through www.furmanpaladins.com. Chuck Hussion, "The Voice of the Furman Paladins," will call the play-by-play, and set to deliver color commentary is former Paladin All-America center Corey Stewart, with another former Paladin, David Cobb, handling sideline reporting duties.
Video of the Furman-Colgate contest will be livestreamed through "All Access" at www.furmanpaladins.com.
Livestats of Saturday's contest are free through www.furmanpaladins.com. Fans can also follow live updates through www.twitter.com/FurmanPaladins.