App State hungry for victory
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
The Mountaineers' showdown at Furman Saturday at Paladins Stadium is not necessarily a must win. Even if App State was eligible for the FCS playoffs, its 1-5 record would knock them out of contention.
But the Mountaineers (1-5, 1-2 SoCon), who have lost three straight, have not been 1-5 since a 0-6 start in 1993. That team ended the season strong and finished with a 4-7 record.
Mountaineers coach Scott Satterfield knows that he has a young team that needs to find the confidence that goes with winning games.
He's hoping that a win over Furman is the answer.
"We have a lot to work on and to move forward," Satterfield said. "This is not what we wanted obviously, but we have a lot to work on to get ready for Furman."
The Paladins (2-4, 1-2) have lost their last two games after starting the season with a 2-2 record. Elon took a 28-25 win on Oct. 5, which was followed by a 31-9 loss to Chattanooga.
App Sate is also coming off an embarrassing 34-10 loss to Samford Oct. 12 after falling 31-28 in overtime to The Citadel a week earlier.
"Furman is a little like us," Satterfield said. "They've lost some close games to Coastal Carolina and Gardner-Webb. Coastal Carolina is undefeated and Gardner-Webb is playing well this year."
It is rare that both teams go into the game with losing records. In 44 matchups with the Paladins, there have been just four games when both teams are below .500.