PIKEVILLE, Ky. – Playing its first Saturday home game of the season, the University of Pikeville football team looks to get back on the winning track against Bethel (Tenn.) at 1:30 p.m. ET at the Hambley Athletic Complex.
While the halftime focus will be on the school’s homecoming court, the other 60 minutes will be all about UPIKE finding a way to beat a passing defense that ranks 12th in the NAIA, allowing only 160 yards per game. Pikeville averages just under 300.
Bethel beat UPIKE 57-17 last season in McKenzie, Tenn., before going on to finish ranked in the top-10 and advancing to the second round of the NAIA Playoffs. This year’s version of the Wildcats is much different, coming in to Saturday with a 2-5 record and 0-2 mark in the MSC West.
UPIKE (3-3, 1-2 MSC East) averages more total yards of offense than the Wildcats at 454-287, including a 294-133 advantage through the air. Even though it has played one fewer game, UPIKE has 25 touchdowns on the season, compared to 17 for Bethel.
Saturday’s game can be seen live on Pike TV, which is channel 99 locally in Pikeville or streamed online. Radio broadcasts of the game can be heard on Z-Rock 107.5 FM, an East Ky. Broadcasting station, or at WIFX 94.3.