Title in sight for UWA Tigers

With the Gulf South Conference title clearly in its sights, the West Alabama football team began preparations Monday evening for Saturday’s visit to GSC rival Delta State with a two-hour workout at Tiger Stadium on the UWA campus.

The Tigers are 6-2 overall and 3-0 in the conference. The Statesmen, who are entertaining the Tigers as their Homecoming guests, are 3-4 overall and 1-2 in the league. Kickoff is 4 p.m. at McCool Stadium on the DSU campus.

“They are a good football team,” Hall said. “Playing on their homecoming and on their senior day is going to be a tremendous challenge.

“We haven’t beaten them over there in 10 years. The last two years we lost in close games, heartbreaking defeats,” UWA head coach Will Hall said. “If we win those games we win a championship.”

UWA holds a one game lead over Valdosta State in the GSC standings with two conference games to play. The Blazers are 3-1 and 6-2 overall, with their lone conference setback at the hands of West Alabama.

West Alabama not only has a conference title within reach, but the Tigers are currently third in NCAA Division II Super Region 2 and eyeing an NCAA Playoff berth for the third time in four years. Miles (7-1) and Mars Hill (5-3) are ahead of UWA in the regional rankings.