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HATTIESBURG, MS – After dropping the first two games in the 2022 football season, Southern Miss returns home with a favorable matchup against FCS opponent Northwestern State. The Demons and the Golden Eagles are no strangers to each other. They have met 22 times, with an even split of 11-11 in matchups.
Southern Miss is undergoing some work at the quarterback position and, to no surprise to many, the Golden Eagles will start Zach Wilcke at QB on Saturday night against the Demons.
I sat down with Northwestern State’s play-by-play caller Patrick Netherton to preview and discuss Northwestern State football.
Q: Northwestern State is in the same spot as Southern Miss- 0-2 to start the season. What do you think the NSU players, coaches, and fans are expecting in this matchup?
Patrick: “The players and coaches are kind of in lockstep- this is all pre-conference. You don’t like where you’re at [and] you don’t like being 0-2. But at the same time, the sky isn’t falling, and the season is not over with, whereas for a lot of fans, it’s, ‘here we go again.’ The Demons have not had a winning season in a long time, so the feeling is that here’s just another non-winning season. But the players aren’t buying into that, the players are of the belief that ‘Hey, we’re two games in, and you learn your lessons.’ Then you go and play Southern Miss, who is also unhappy with where they are. You take these games for what they are; they are lessons and teachable, and when you turn around next week for [when] conference play begins, that’s where you want to get focused in and see results from these first three weeks.”
Q: NSU’s QB Miles Fallin is six-five, 220. Could
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