UWA can clinch first outright GSC title with win Thursday

Published 4:26 pm Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Not only is the University of West Alabama football team playing to nail down the first outright Gulf South Conference championship in school history when North Alabama visits Tiger Stadium on Thursday, but the night is also chocked full of excitement and storylines surrounding the game.

Tiger fans are encouraged to wear red and the first 300 UWA students to sign in at the Student Rewards Station on the north concourse of the home side of Tiger Stadium will get a free red UWA game night t-shirt courtesy of Dickey’s Barbecue Pit and MedCenter Demopolis.

The UWA Student Government Association is also sponsoring a “Fear the Vest” competition in deference to coach Will Hall’s choice of sideline apparel, the red sweater vest. The student organization with the most sweater-vested fans in attendance will win $100 and the individual who has the most “fierce” vest will win $50.

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By signing up in the Student Rewards Program, students are also eligible to win a 42-inch plasma TV from Hoopers of Meridian, a Pioneer Double-Din DVD/CD car stereo system from Cash, Buy, Sell and Trade of York or a $100 gift certificate from Outback of Meridian.

In addition to the Students Rewards prizes, the drawing for the winner of the Harley-Davidson raffle will be take place at halftime. One lucky fan will take home a Harley-Davidson XL883L Sportster motorcycle that retails at $9,000. Tickets ($20) will be sold through the end of the first quarter on the home side concourse. The winner will have the opportunity to take an optional cash prize of $6,000.

The game will be televised on GSC-TV and ESPN3 and will also be senior night for Tiger football players. It also features the return of former UWA coach Bobby Wallace to Tiger Stadium. Wallace posted a 26-30 record at UWA from 2006-10.

Hall served as Wallace’s offensive coordinator and is 15-7 in his second season as head coach of the Tigers. The former UNA quarterback and Harlon Hill Trophy winner has the Tigers on the verge of a second NCAA Playoff appearance in as many seasons.

UWA comes into the game 7-3 overall and 4-0 in the GSC, but ranked seventh in the NCAA Super 2 Region. North Alabama is 5-4 and 2-2, ranked 10th in the region.

A few tickets are still available by going to www.uwatahletics.com or by calling 205-652-3784. Reserved seats are $10 and general admission is $8. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m.