SEWANEE, Tenn. - Week 4 of the 2017 football season will see Sewanee travel to Jackson, Miss. to take on Southern Athletic Association (SAA) foe Millsaps College on Saturday afternoon for a 1 p.m. kickoff.
HISTORY BACK TO POST-WWII DAYS: Sewanee and Millsaps have met each year since the 1947 season, when the Tigers defeated the Majors on Nov. 8, 26-13, at historic Hardee-McGee Field at Harris Stadium. This will be the 71st meeting between the two schools, and the Majors lead the season series, 42-25-3.
SO LONG, WE HARDLY KNEW YE: So far in 2017, Sewanee Football has said "goodbye" to not one, but two separate losing streaks. In Week 1, the Tigers waved goodbye to a 19-game overall losing skid in a 45-20 win against Kenyon, and last week, the Purple and Gold parted ways with a 17-game SAA losing streak in the 29-17 win over Austin College. Saturday, the Tigers will look to say farewell to another losing skid, as the Majors have won 11 in a row in the all-time series, with Sewanee's last win coming in Jackson in 2005.
BIG-TIME STEP UP: Freshman quarterback Alex Darras picked up his counterpart, Sam Hearn under center in Sherman, Texas. The Ooltewah, Tenn. native threw for 215 yards, matching his season-high against Washington & Lee, completing 15 passes in 23 attempts with one touchdown. Even though he's splitting time with sophomore Hearn under center, Darras has thrown for 609 yards and four scores so far in his freshman season.
HOW ABOUT THAT TIGER DEFENSE?: The Tigers secondary has been making noise in NCAA Division III, as the Purple and Gold lead all of NCAA Division III (out of 169 teams) in interceptions with 10, and the return yards of 144 off those quarterback picks are third-best in D-III, behind Mount Union (Ohio) and Widener (Pa.). William Phillips has been leading the charge for Sewanee, as he is ranked sixth in D-III in interceptions per game (1.3). Also on defense, the Tigers lead the SAA in pass efficiency (86.13), which is 15th-best in D-III.
WHAT'S THE MAJOR DIFFERENCE?: Millsaps nearly defeated Trinity (Texas) in their home opener, 28-26, last week, but their defense, is one of the toughest in the SAA. Even though the secondary went through the ringer against Hal Mumme's Air Raid offense in Belhaven in Week 1, the Majors scoring margin in their two losses is 3.5. On top of that, the Majors 3rd Down efficiency is tops in the SAA and in the top 25 in all of NCAA Division III, allowing opponents to get a first down 2.4 times out of 10 attempts.
CLEAN LAUNDRY: Based out of what has been produced in the first three weeks of the season, there have not been a lot of laundry on the field for either team. The Majors have only been flagged 14 times in three games, tops in the SAA, while the Tigers have been caught in the act 19 times, fourth in the SAA.