Mocs Defeat Wofford in First Spring Game

By Peyton Gray, Sports Editor-

The Chattanooga Mocs football team defeated the Wofford Terriers 24-13 in their first-ever spring football game at Finley Stadium.

The Mocs had every reason to enter this game ill-prepared. 

Due to a COVID-19 related postponement on Feb. 20, the Mocs hadn’t taken the field since the fall — losing 13-10 to Western Kentucky on Oct. 24. In Southern Conference play, this is the first game for the Mocs in 462 days. Additionally, UTC has only taken the practice field 13 times this spring. 

Wofford, on the other hand, came into this game 1-0 and ranked No. 11. They defeated Mercer last week 31-14. 

Despite the circumstances, the Mocs prevailed, having a tremendous day on both sides of the ball. They boasted 301 total yards — 223 of these in the air. The defense allowed only 199 total yards, after giving the Terriers a 71-yard opening drive that resulted in a touchdown.

The Mocs offense answered the Terriers with a touchdown drive of their own. Drayton Arnold connected with Jay Gibson on a lob pass on fourth-and-goal. Skylar Wilson converted on the point-after-touchdown to tie the game at 7-7 with 3:04 left in the first quarter.

Wofford regained the lead with 5:23 left in the half. The Terriers put together a 16-play drive that resulted in 44 yards. Despite being the longest possession of the game, they settled for a 37-yard field goal from Walker Gliarmis.

The Mocs quickly took back the lead and held it for the remainder of the game. After a failed drive, Gabe Boring’s 47-yard punt resulted in a Wofford fumble at the three-yard line. In the ensuing plays, Tyrell Price rushed for a touchdown, giving UTC a 14-10 advantage. 

The third quarter saw little action, as the only points scored was a Wofford field goal, their final points of the day. 

UTC’s final quarter was the strongest of the day. Sophomore Gino Appleberry noted his first-carer TD as a Moc. This gave the Mocs a lead of 21-13 with 14:55 left to play.

The ensuing kickoff resulted in another Wofford stumble — a fumble at the four-yard line. Strong defense from the Mocs kept them there. Wofford’s punt after going three-and-out gave UTC the ball at the Wofford 48. 

Skyler Wilson connected on a 26-yard field goal minutes later to give the Mocs their final points of the afternoon. 

This strong offensive play gave UTC the ultimate advantage, Arnold especially. The Mocs QB completed 15 passes of 25 attempts for 223 yards.

“He’ll continue to relax and keep growing,” Coach Rusty Wright said. “As long as he does that, we’ll be fine.”

The Mocs take the road next week as they head for the Citadel. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.


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