GLENVILLE — The Glenville State University football team has responded each time its lost a game with a win the following week.
That task will be anything but easy come 1 p.m. Saturday at Morris Stadium when the G-men (4-4, 3-4) welcome in West Virginia State (5-3, 4-3) for a Mountain East Conference showdown.
Head coach Mike Kellar’s squad had 135 yards in penalties during last week’s 38-16 setback at Notre Dame and failed to get the run game going.
“Tough team up there. Not overly excited about the way we played,” admitted coach Kellar, who got a game-high 10 stops last week from Brandon Penn. “I’m not stupid. Notre Dame has lost one game there the last five years and that was to us.
“I knew it was going to be tough sledding. I’m not a fan of turnovers and mistakes and all that. The penalties and just not playing up to our capabilities was bothersome. You have to give them credit. A lot of times it’s because the opponent is good.”
The Yellow Jackets were more than good last week as signal-caller Donovan Riddick earned MEC Player of the Week honors as he helped the team rally from a 19-point deficit in the first half to upset Concord, 56-38.
“Concord was up 28-9 and they kicked off and State ran it back for a touchdowns. That really changed the momentum,” said Kellar, who noted although quarterback Jeff Miller is getting healthier it once again will be freshman Anthony Garrett getting the start.
“State just dominated that third quarter (27-7) and kind of took control of the game and did some stuff at the end of the game to put it away. State played really, really well last week.”
Two weeks ago, though, the Yellow Jackets went down to UNC Pembroke and lost 45-24. Earlier in the season, the Pioneers played host to the Braves and rolled to a 45-17 triumph.
“This is a weird year,” Kellar added. “It’s just a weird year. Every week is its own deal. It’s those things coaches always say that turn out to be true. It’s whoever plays good that day. It’s crazy.
“You really have about six, seven teams in this league that are the exact same team and it’s who plays well that day. Who is hot that day and who gets ready that day. That’s what’s so unnerving about it.”
Riddick hit 29 of 41 attempts for 402 yards with five touchdowns. Barry Hill had eight grabs, three for scores, en route to 185 yards.
Garrett, who tossed a pair of interceptions last week that were returned for scores by NDC, will need a big effort from his line. Not only to get the ground game going, but the Jackets lead the MEC in sacks per game with nearly three an outing. They also rank ninth nationally with 12 interceptions.
“We’re at home and we’re coming off a tough trip and tough loss to Notre Dame,” added the coach. “We’re not in a good place right now. We’re a whole lot of pi–ed off.
“I hope we don’t pout. I hope we come out pi–ed off and come out and have a good game. They are playing with a lot of confidence. We sure got our work cut out for us.”
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