Hale County, Central-Tuscaloosa forfeit football wins

MONTGOMERY – Hale County High School has self-reported a violation of AHSAA eligibility rules resulting in the school being fined, placed on probation for one year and ordered to forfeit seven varsity football wins.

Hale County played an ineligible student in violation of the AHSAA Eight Semester Rule. The school must forfeit all contests its team won in which the student participated. Forfeits include Class 4A, Region 4 victories over Oak Grove, Holt, Bibb County, West Blocton,  Sipsey Valley and Greensboro high schools and one non-region win over Winfield. As a result of the forfeitures, Hale County will not qualify for the playoffs.  Bibb County is the Region 4 No. 1 seed. Northside is the No. 2 seed. The third and fourth playoff qualifier spots were decided by tie breaker (L) following tonight’s games. West Blocton is the third seed and Sipsey Valley is the fourth seed.

Central-Tuscaloosa High School has self-reported a violation of AHSAA eligibility rules resulting in the school being fined, placed on probation for one year and ordered to forfeit four varsity football wins.

Central played an ineligible student in violation of the AHSAA Overlapping School Zones Rule. The school must forfeit all contests its team won in which the student participated. Forfeits include Class 5A, Region 3 victories over Jemison, Sumter Central, Marbury and Dallas County high schools. As a result of the forfeitures, Central will not qualify for the playoffs.  Demopolis is the first qualifier, Calera is second and Marbury is third. The fourth qualifier will be decided by tie breaker (L) following tonight’s games. Tied for the fourth spot are Jemison, Dallas County and Sumter Central. All three finished 2-4 in region play.

UWA cuts ribbon at Center for Workforce Development on campus

The University of West Alabama held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the launch of its Center for Workforce Development on Nov. 2. Pictured left to right: Dr. Tina N. Jones, executive director of UWA’s Division of Economic Development and Outreach; Mr. Curtis Jones, instructor of automotive technology at UWA; Dr. Mary Hanks, chair of UWA’s Ira D. Pruitt Division of Nursing; Mr. Joseph Brown, Alabama Power Company, economic development chair for UWA’s board of trustees; Dr. Aliquippa Allen, interim dean of UWA’s College of Business and Technology; Dr. Donnie Cobb, CIST professor and director of UWA’s Center for Workforce Development; Ms. Angela Till, State of Alabama deputy secretary of commerce; Mr. Fitzgerald Washington, State of Alabama secretary of labor; Dr. Ken Tucker, UWA president; Mr. J.D. Pruitt, instructor of welding at UWA; Ms. Veronica Triplett, director of UWA’s Center for Business and Entrepreneurial Services; Mr. Johnnie Aycock, special assistant to the president at UWA; and Allison Brantley, director of economic development at UWA.

LIVINGSTON, Ala.—The University of West Alabama hosted a full roster of state, regional, and local officials on Thursday, Nov. 2, for the ribbon cutting ceremony commemorating the launch of the new UWA Center for Workforce Development at Hunt Annex on campus.

UWA President Ken Tucker welcomed a standing-room only crowd, thanking all in attendance for their commitment to supporting the University in its efforts to drive workforce and economic development for the Black Belt region.

“We want to create an education and training pipeline to help unemployed and underemployed individuals to increase their knowledge and abilities so they can get better jobs, pay raises, benefits, and other opportunities that will increase their standard of living,” Tucker said. “Rather than being an island unto itself, UWA is working with local and regional leaders to make a positive difference in the lives of those we serve.”

Dr. Tina N. Jones, executive director of UWA’s Division of Economic Development and Outreach, introduced several special guests and explained that the Division serves not only Sumter County, but west Alabama and the entire Black Belt region by developing the unique natural and cultural assets to address the educational, social, and economic needs of the area.

Mr. Joseph Brown, Western Division manager for Alabama Power Company, sits on the UWA Board of Trustees and serves as chair of its economic development committee. Brown spoke to the crowd gathered, offering the Board’s support and encouragement for this endeavor.

“This event and this initiative are proof of the positive impact that UWA has on economic and workforce development on and off campus,” Brown said. “This Center is truly fulfilling a tremendous need in our region.”

Alabama Secretary of Labor Fitzgerald Washington also applauded UWA’s efforts, which he says are proving to be fruitful. Sumter County’s unemployment rate is down from 6.2 percent to 4.7 percent. He said that Alabama is currently paying 15 percent lower in unemployment wages than the state has paid in the last decade.

“We made a commitment to lower unemployment rates, and that’s what we plan to continue doing, bringing these rates down to single digits” Washington said, citing an only 3.8 percent unemployment rate for Alabama right now, down from 4.2 percent in August and tied for Alabama’s lowest in history. He said Alabama boasts the largest recent drop in the nation.

Angela Till, deputy secretary of commerce for the State of Alabama, commended the University for working to align with the needs or area businesses and industries to improve the overall economy.

“Without workforce development, there is no economic development,” Till said. “UWA is helping to build and strengthen a qualified workforce, and this is vital to our state’s economy.”

Dr. Donnie Cobb, professor of computer information systems and technology for UWA’s College of Business and Technology, serves as director of the new Center for Workforce Development. Cobb shared some of the ways people can support and empower the Center, from offering facility tours at area operations, discussions with students, donations of consumables, and any other steps that can help guide student success.

“Our program has seen a 600 percent growth in recent years, and although that’s phenomenal, we want more,” Cobb said.

Interim Dean Dr. Aliquippa Allen also spoke on behalf of the College of Business and Technology, commending the faculty and staff that have taken lead roles in creating the center and driving its success. She introduced Mr. Curtis Jones, instructor of automotive technology, and Mr. J.D. Pruitt, instructor of welding. Both have developed curriculum as part of the University’s workforce development effort to prepare students for certificate programs that increase their skill levels and can even be transferred toward a two- or four-year program.

Information on UWA’s Workforce Development programs and contact information relevant to each are online at http://www.uwa.edu/workforce_ development.aspx.

To learn more about UWA’s Center for Workforce Development or the programs and initiatives offered to empower and grow west Alabama’s workforce, contact Dr. Donnie Cobb at 205-652-3704 or email him at dcobb@uwa.edu. Reach the Division of Economic Development and Outreach by calling 205-652-3828 or email Dr. Tina N. Jones at tnj@uwa.edu.

UWA students crown Elizabeth Jones of Tuscaloosa Homecoming Queen

The UWA 2017 Homecoming Court, pictured left to right, are sophomore maid Ma’Kiyah Hall of Reform, Ala.; LaPrease Sparks of Birmingham, Ala.; Chloe Paige of Hattiesburg, Miss.; UWA’s 2017 Homecoming Queen Elizabeth Jones of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; Lauren Sevenish of Tuscaloosa, Ala..; Quenterica White of Sawyerville, Ala.; and freshman maid Rian Crawford of Pell City, Ala.

LIVINGSTON, Ala.—During Homecoming festivities on Saturday, Oct. 28, the University of West Alabama announced its 2017 Homecoming Queen, Elizabeth Jones of Tuscaloosa. Jones and the Homecoming Queen’s court were nominated and elected by the UWA student body as the leading ladies of the week.

The queen, a closely guarded secret, was announced and crowned on the field during halftime festivities at the UWA vs. West Florida game on Saturday.

Homecoming Queen Elizabeth Jones is a senior from Tuscaloosa. A graduate of Hillcrest High School, Jones is majoring in elementary education. She is a member of the UWA cheerleading team and is vice president of Phi Mu Fraternity.

Jones serves as a UWA Orientation leader and vice president of the student ambassador leadership council. She is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, Kappa Delta Pi, and Blue Key Honor Societies. She has served as a UWA CARES peer mentor and was named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

Jones is the daughter of Steven and Lisa Jones and the late Katharyn Jones. She was escorted on the field by her father.

Chloe Paige, a senior from Hattiesburg, Miss., and nursing major, is a member of the court. A graduate of Hattiesburg High School, Paige is a member of the Student Government Association and Student Nurses Association and also serves as treasurer of her nursing class.

Paige works as a student recreation attendant at Hughes Gym, UWA’s Rec Center.  She is a Trustee Scholar and a 2017 John Brown Scholar through the First Presbyterian Church of Livingston. She is the daughter of the late Arthur Ray Russell and Tamika Paige, and she was escorted on the field by her brother, Keirston Paige.

Lauren Sevenish, a senior from Tuscaloosa, is a member of the court. She is a graduate of Tuscaloosa County High school and is majoring in Integrated Marketing Communications with a focus in graphic design. Sevenish is a member of Phi Eta Sigma, Phi Kappa Phi, Alpha Chi, and Lambda Pi Eta. She serves as an Orientation leader and Ambassador for UWA’s Office of Admissions. She also serves as the public relations chair for the UWA Student Government Association.

Sevenish is president of Blue Key Honor Society, president of Cardinal Key Honor Society and president of the UWA Ambassador Leadership Council. She is the daughter of Rick Sevenish and Shell Ann Golden, and she was escorted on the field by her father.

LaPrease Sparks, a senior from Birmingham, is a member of the court. Sparks, a graduate of Ramsay High School, is majoring in elementary education. She is a member of Alpha Phi Omega, Alpha Chi Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi, and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.

Sparks is the acting Anti-Basileus and Epistoleus of Sigma Gama Rho Sorority, Inc. She serves as a resident assistant for UWA Housing in Gilbert Hall. She was recognized by Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. She is the daughter of laPerrian Sparks and Melvin Davis and was escorted on the field by her father.

Quenterica White, a senior from Sawyerville, is a member of the court. She is a graduate of Francis Marion High School and is majoring in elementary education. White has been a member of the UWA Scarlet Band for almost four years and has served as a member of Side Court Posse for one year.

White is a pledge of Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity. She has been named on the Dean’s List several times at UWA. She is in her second year serving as a UWA resident assistant for Hoover Apartments. She is the daughter of Randall and Malinda White and was escorted on the field by her father.

Ma’Kiyah Hall, a sophomore from Reform, is the court’s sophomore maid. Hall is a graduate of Pickens County High School. Ma’Kiyah is a member of UWA’s Scarlet Band as a Scarlet Guard. She is the daughter of Marlin and Jennifer Hall and was escorted on the field by her father.

Rian Crawford of Pell City is the court’s freshman maid. Crawford attended Pell City High School. She is a member of the UWA Cheerleading Team.  A criminal justice major, she is the daughter of Willard and La Tonya Crawford and was escorted on the field by her father.

Brookwood woman killed in Hale County crash

A single-vehicle crash at 12:50 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, claimed one life and injured another. Kayla Kathleen Camp, 21, of Brookwood was killed when the 2006 Chevrolet Malibu she was driving left the roadway and struck a tree. Camp, who was not wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene. The passenger, Garron Hunter Slayton, 22, also of Brookwood, was injured and transported to UAB Hospital in Birmingham. The crash occurred on Alabama 25 near the 39 mile marker, approximately six miles north of Faunsdale. Nothing further is available as Alabama State Troopers continue to investigate.

Moundville man dies in Greene County crash

A single-vehicle crash at 4:26 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, claimed the life of a Moundville man. Steve Earl Nevels, 54, was killed when the 2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue he was driving left the roadway and overturned. Nevels, who was not using a seatbelt, was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene. The crash occurred on Greene County 191 approximately two and a half miles north of Union.  Nothing further is available as Alabama State Troopers continue to investigate.

University Charter School announces PK-8 opening structure

University Charter School signed its official charter on Thursday, Oct. 26, marking the beginning of a five-year contract with its authorizer, the Alabama Public Charter School Commission. Pictured left to right at the charter signing ceremony are University of West Alabama President Ken Tucker, University Charter School Board President Micky Smith, APCSC Chairman Mac Buttram, UCS Head of School Dr. J.J. Wedgworth, and Logan Searcy of the Alabama State Department of Education. The University of West Alabama sponsored the application for the new charter school in Sumter County, which is set to open for grades pre-k through eight in August 2018. The school will add a grade each year to become a pre-k through 12 school in 2022.

LIVINGSTON, Ala.—Sumter County’s new University Charter School has now entered into contract with the Alabama Public Charter School Commission with a pre-k through 8th opening grade structure. At the charter signing ceremony, held Thursday, Oct. 23, in UWA’s Tutwiler Conference Center, school leaders and the Alabama Public Charter School Commission signed the contract outlining a final plan for opening, enrollment, and development of the school.

A standing room only crowd gathered in support of the charter signing. APCSC was represented by Chairman Mac Buttram and Logan Searcy. UWA President Ken Tucker offered support on behalf of the University of West Alabama, and UCS Board President Micky Smith thanked all in attendance for the continued support shown to the effort.

Buttram commended the community and school organizers for the work that has been done thus far to establish the school and provide opportunity and choice to students. He also recognized UWA for offering leadership in the application process, referencing the University’s long history of providing teacher education to the region.

“I hope some other universities will look at what UWA has done and follow their lead,” Buttram said, referencing several other higher education institutions that were once teacher colleges, like UWA.

Opening in August of 2018, the school will serve grades pre-k through eight and will add one grade per year to reach grade 12 by the 2022-23 academic year. The finalized contract is a framework that has evolved to accommodate the needs and interests expressed by the community, including grade structure and enrollment eligibility.

“We are excited to solidify plans for University Charter School and begin the process of registering and enrolling students for the 2018-19 school year,” said Head of School Dr. J.J. Wedgworth. “We believe we have a strong plan for moving forward and for meeting the needs and interests of the community as determined through the interest surveys we have collected.”

Wedgworth explained that the school was first expected to open for pre-k through 5th grade, but an interest inventory conducted throughout the community following the school’s application approval showed the need for additional grades. She said that the Commission allowed flexibility if plans could be backed by significant research.

“The goal is for UCS to provide an educational option to as many of the children in our region as practically possible,” Wedgworth said. “Based on the results of our recently-conducted interest survey, the practical grade structure based on enrollment interest is pre-k through 8th grade. Although we originally planned to open with a pre-k through 5th grade structure adding the remaining upper grades in Year 2, we saw an opportunity based on survey results to expand the opening grade structure and provide an educational option to more children in Year 1.”

Capacity for the first year is set at 350 students. Enrollment will include three phases: pre-registration, seat offering and acceptance, and final registration.

Pre-registration for kindergarten through 8th grade will begin Nov. 15, 2017, for students residing in Sumter County. With pre-registration for Sumter County residents concluding on December 13, if the number of Sumter County pre-registrants exceeds the facility’s capacity, a lottery for Sumter County residents will be held on Dec. 14.  If pre-registration does not exceed capacity, this lottery will not be necessary, and students will be offered available seats on a first-come, first-served basis.

A second pre-registration period will be held for students who do not live in Sumter County, including Mississippi residents who live within 15 miles of the Sumter County line or whose guardian works in Sumter County. These students can pre-register for kindergarten through 8th grade beginning January 3, 2018, through January 31, 2018. If the number of pre-registrants exceeds space remaining after Sumter County registration, a lottery for non-Sumter residents will be held on Feb. 1, 2018. If the number does not exceed availability, this lottery will not be necessary, and students will be offered available seats on a first-come, first-served basis.

Pre-kindergarten will be open to students who will turn four years old on or before Sept. 1, 2018. Enrollment for pre-kindergarten will be announced at a later date, as directed by the Office of School Readiness policies and procedures for First Class Pre-K Classrooms.

“UCS will continue pre-registration until all seats are filled or until we feel that we have reached a sustainable founding class size,” Wedgworth explained.

Following pre-registrations and any lottery drawings that may be necessary, parents and students will receive letters from UCS with an offer for a seat in the grade in which they pre-registered. Parents must then accept or decline the seat in that grade in order to move into the final registration process. Following acceptance of a seat offer, the seat is held for the student, and the student’s more detailed application will be completed for enrollment.

“For all three phases of enrollment—pre-registration, seat offering and acceptance, and final registration—UCS will utilize SchoolMint, which is a mobile and cloud-based student enrollment platform,” Wedgworth said. “We believe this system is a good fit for our needs, and it’s easy to use. I encourage all students and their families to set up a profile now on SchoolMint to become familiar with the platform and to be prepared for the opening of pre-registration.”

Beginning November 15, the pre-registration application will be available to families residing in Sumter County, but parents can access UCS’s SchoolMint platform now to create an account at https:// universitycharterschool. schoolmint.net/signin.

Anyone who would like assistance or has limited access to a computer, mobile device, or internet can participate in one of six on-site pre-registration sessions, three for each pre-registration period. For Sumter County resident pre-registration, the sessions are scheduled for Nov. 20, Dec. 4, and Dec. 13. For non-Sumter County resident pre-registration, the sessions are scheduled for Jan. 4, Jan. 15, and Jan. 30. All sessions will be open from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., held in Lyon Hall Room A136.

UCS will be housed temporarily in Lyon Hall, which is home to the University of West Alabama’s Julia S. Tutwiler College of Education.

“Plans are already being made for constructing a standalone, independent facility for University Charter School,” Wedgworth said. “As the school grows and develops, a new facility will be built to reflect the school’s needs and offerings. This will be built in a different area on campus already designated to University Charter School. We look forward to matching the innovative school plan with a facility that will house its many offerings and accommodate a growing student body.”

University Charter School is the result of an innovative collaboration between UWA and its surrounding community. A rural, regional public institution of higher education, UWA, in fulfillment of its mission to “improve the region through education and outreach” fostered the development of UCS as a solution to some of the unique challenges facing rural public education in the Black Belt region.

By partnering with UWA, UCS will open with the support of an experienced board of directors, well-trained teachers and staff, and proven systems to implement the innovative educational model. The University partnership will bring to UCS relationships within the education and philanthropic communities and experience in the design, implementation, and support of staff from the Julia S. Tutwiler College of Education that are formally trained in rural education.

“University Charter School was designed with input from and support of the community to meet the needs and desires of the community and this will continue to be the priority for the school,” Wedgworth said.

To learn more about University Charter School, call 205-652-5459 or visit www.universitycharterschool. org. Further information on enrollment, employment, and other operations of the school will be announced as it continues to be developed.

Oliver George Smith

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Oliver George (Papa) Smith of Providence, passed away October 22, 2017.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 39 years, Mary Jane Smith, parents, Gladys and O.B. (Tom) Smith, sister, Virginia Skinner, daughters, Jan Smith and Sheila Hinson, and son, Ben Smith.

Mr. Smith was born on August 22, 1936, in Half Acre, Alabama. He worked at Gulf States Paper and retired from Borden Chemical Corporation. Earlier in life, he worked as a mechanic at the local car dealership in Linden before joining the Army. While serving our country, he received the Medal of Commendation; the highest peacetime medal of that time.

His parents brought their family to a farm on the Chickasaw Bogue north of Linden in 1949. Mrs. Smith later raised his own children and resided there until his passing. He attended both Providence Baptist Church and Beaver Creek Baptist Church.

He is survived by his children: Sandra Reaves (Randy), Karen Fleming (Randy), Pam Smith, Charles Turner (Tanya), Angelia Osburn (Jerry), and Christopher Smith (Linda), as well as his younger sister, Betty Jean Hurst, also of Providence. His legacy includes his much beloved 9 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great and great-great nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be nephews, Jim Skinner, Bill Skinner, Steven Skinner, Lee Gibson, and grandsons, Luke Barley and Corey Smith.

Visitation will be held at O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 from 5 to 7 pm. Funeral services will be held at O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 2:00 pm with Rev. David Stidham officiating. Burial will follow at Demopolis Memorial Gardens in Demopolis, AL.

Arrangements by O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home in Linden, AL.

GP donates $1,000 to DMS Robotics

Members of the Demopolis robotics team receive a check of $1,000 from Georgia Pacific. The DMS Robotics team is coached by Trey Smith.

BLACK WARRIOR BOARD MEMBER: Dispelling misnomers about BWEMC

As a member of your board of trustees, I want to make sure all Black Warrior Electric Membership Corporation members know the facts about Black Warrior’s upcoming Annual Meeting and board election. Over the past two months, Black Warrior Electric has taken a number of steps to provide factual information to members explaining the process of electing board members.

These steps included mailouts to all Black Warrior members about how to qualify as a candidate for the three board seats up for election this year, and how to be eligible to vote for those board candidates. The Official Notice of the meeting and ballots were mailed to all members in good standing with instructions on when to return the ballots in order for them to be counted. Members can also bring their certification card or proper ID and vote in person at the Nov. 2 Annual Meeting.

In addition, Black Warrior ran articles in Alabama Living magazine, which is mailed to all members, providing information about the board election and Annual Meeting. Plus, information is posted on Black Warrior’s website explaining the election and urging members to vote.

Yet, despite these efforts by Black Warrior, some groups continue to spread misinformation about Black Warrior, the board election and the Annual Meeting.

The board of trustees and General Manager Daryl Jones have tried to dispel some of the falsehoods and myths presented by these groups. These falsehoods include the claim that Black Warrior has a $72 million surplus, that our rates are high and that we charge different rates for different residential members.

All those claims are false, and we addressed them in a “Myths Vs. Facts” article in Alabama Living. I am especially proud of the fact that Black Warrior electric rates are among the absolute lowest in Alabama.

Unfortunately, now the groups are spreading even more misinformation, which could hurt members’ ability to choose board members.

Flyers are being circulated in some areas claiming that more than 2,000 members must be present at the Nov. 2 Annual Meeting in order to reach a quorum for the meeting to be official. They warn that the board of trustees will cancel the meeting if less than 2,000 attend.

That is false on two fronts. Let me explain.

First, while a quorum is required for an Annual Meeting to be official, reaching a quorum doesn’t require 2,000 people. According to Black Warrior’s bylaws, a quorum is 5 percent of members in good standing. Black Warrior has a little more than 14,000 members in good standing, so a quorum would be a little more than 700.

More important, however, is this: You don’t actually have to be at the meeting to count toward the quorum. But you must vote. The new Bylaws adopted this year allows members from across our large service area to have a voice and vote on any items listed in the Official Notice of the Annual Meeting without being present.

Please note, however, that the only item of business to be voted on at this year’s annual meeting is the election of trustees.

As I said earlier, all members in good standing were mailed ballots for the board election. You can mail those ballots back in, and they will be counted toward meeting the required quorum. My wish is that you, if you haven’t already, send in your ballot by the Oct. 30 deadline. That way, you get a say in who sits on your board of trustees AND you ensure there is a quorum for the Annual Meeting.

If you do plan to vote at the meeting, bring the certification card that was mailed to you or a picture ID. Registration and voting will be from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on the day of the Annual Meeting, with the meeting beginning at 10 a.m. The meeting will be at the Demopolis Civic Center.

Here’s the bottom line: We are giving members MORE SAY in choosing board of trustees members.

Let’s face it, getting more than 700 people to a meeting is a tall order. Not being able to hold an official Annual Meeting hurts Black Warrior Electric, members and the board of trustees.

I close with this. On Nov. 2, I would love to see you at our Annual Meeting so you can meet your very capable and dedicated board of trustees. And, of course, I want to personally greet each of you from across all of our service area, especially those who are my neighbors in District 8.

More important, though, I want you as a member to exercise your right to choose who sits on your board of trustees. I emphasize your board because Black Warrior was created and operates to serve you, our members.

You are Black Warrior Electric. Exercise your right to vote!

Ottice Russelle of Belmont is the District 8 member on the Black Warrior Electric Membership Corporation’s board of trustees. Black Warrior Electric is a member-owned cooperative serving parts of 12 counties in West Central Alabama.

Tigers to feature throwback LU helmet decal for Homecoming

LIVINGSTON – West Alabama football will recognize the days of the only national title in school history and the winningest coach in program history by wearing the old “LU” logo on one side of its helmet for Saturday’s Homecoming game against West Florida.

The right side of the UWA red helmet will have the current Tiger Head logo and the left side will feature the LU, harkening back to the days (1967-95) when the institution was known as Livingston University.

The 1971 LU football team won the only national championship in school history, while Coach Frank North (1979-84) won 31 games to top the all-time Tiger coaching win list. A group of North’s former players and friends are gathering in his honor for a tailgate party behind Tiger Stadium Saturday at 2 p.m.

West Alabama sits atop the Gulf South Conference standings with a 5-1 league record (6-2 overall) and can clinch at least a share of the GSC championship with a win. West Florida is 5-2 overall and 3-2 in conference play.

Kickoff is set for 4:04 p.m.

This year’s Homecoming game will be televised/streamed on ESPN3, which includes WatchESPN and the ESPN app. ESPN3 is available to affiliated TV and high-speed internet service providers in the United States, on college campuses and on U.S. military bases.