Mocs Visit Rival JSU “In Games You Play Football For”


Chattanooga-(WDEF-TV) The Mocs got the victory for new head coach Rusty Wright in their season opener. Now the fun schedule gauntlet begins, starting with a road trip to big bad rival, Jacksonville State.

First win as a head coach, you gotta celebrate. Maybe Rusty Wright wishes he hadn’t.
Reporter:”What did you do?”
Said Wright:”I jumped in the middle of the laundry basket. Stood up on it and caught my leg going in. That’s why they erupted over there.”
Said offensive lineman Harrison Moon:”He tried jumping into the towel hamper to celebrate, but I think he fell a little short. (chuckles) Cut his leg up pretty good.(chuckles) It was awesome. Bringing the energy. I love to see that.”
Mocs will need to bring the energy Saturday as they face an old rival in Jacksonville State.
Said Wright:”Haven’t beaten them. (chuckles) I don’t know how much of a rivalry you can call it when you don’t win in there sometimes, so it will be all we want. They’re a good football team.”
Chattanooga is 1-6 against JSU since 2010, including some heart-breaking losses.
Said Wright:”I remember that walk-off punt return over here, and we got called for a penalty with about 23 seconds left. Kicked it to Tommy Hudson. You know there’s a flag laying on the field. You do. I remember that.”
Said defensive lineman Khayyan Edwards:”We haven’t beaten them in my five years being here. I don’t know what the record is before I got here. I know I’ve got a chip on my shoulder for that.”
JSU is a top twenty team, and they’ve won 28 straight regular season home games.
Said Moon:”I mean these are the games you play football for. Going into a hostile environment. You know playing a great team. That’s why you play. I think it’ll be a major test for our team, and a test early, but I think we will be able to handle it well.”
Said Wright:”I think it’s what college football at our level is about. I really do. I mean it will probably be sold-out. Four hundred member band they’ve got will be down there in that end zone. Yeah. I’m excited about going down there and having that opportunity.”

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The Mocs and Gamecocks kick at 7pm on Saturday in Jacksonville, Alabama.