By ADD SEYMOUR JR.
If things go as they have for Stillman and Samford in tonight's matchup, some number in the forties will be significant.
Both teams are hunting for their first wins after losing last week, and giving up at least 44 points in losses -- Stillman 44-20 to West Alabama last week and Samford 48-14 to Texas Christian two weeks ago.
Even last year's battle between the two schools ended up in a 48-6 romp by Samford.
What does all that mean for tonight? Samford assistant head coach and defensive coordinator Bill D'Ottavio said it means to be ready for more offense -- Stillman offense.
"They have a lot of good football players and they do a great job of spreading the ball around," he told Al.com this week. "Their quarterback [Joshua Straughn] is a good passer and he can make things happen wiht his feet now and then. Their wide recievers are very good. They make plays with the ball in the air and they give you a variety of guys that can do some things. So they're going to be a challenge for us and we are going to have to be ready."
Samford has been off a week and a half since the TCU game. Head coach Pat Sullivan thinks they've improved vastly since then and are ready for Stillman.
"I think we've had a really good week of practice, and [Wednesday] was no different," Sullivan said. "I thought their concentration and effort have been really outstanding. I know they are ready to play and so am I."
The game kicks off at 6:30 p.m.