With the heavy lifting of its schedule mostly out of the way, the Missouri S&T football team is hoping to string some victories together, starting on Saturday.
The Miners end a three-game road swing on Saturday when it travels to Owensboro, Ky. to take on Kentucky Wesleyan in Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) play. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m.
It will be Wesleyan's Homecoming Game.
After winless Wesleyan, S&T takes on 4-1 Saint Joseph's and 3-2 Truman State before ending the campaign with three squads without winning records.
S&T comes in with a 1-4 overall and 0-1 GLVC mark. Of its four defeats, three came against nationally-ranked Division II foes (Chadron State, Missouri Western and Indianapolis), with the fourth against a tough Lindenwood (3-2) squad.
The Kentucky Wesleyan Panthers are 0-5 and last week opened league play by falling on the road to Saint Joseph's 35-9 in a weather-shortened game.
Last week S&T was again burned by turnovers in a 34-3 loss to Indianapolis in its GLVC opener. In that game the Miners committed six turnovers, bringing their five-game total in giveaways to 21.
S&T leads the all-time series against the Panthers 9-0, including last season's 47-23 blowout in Rolla. In the nine previous games the Miners have averaged 45 points per game against Wesleyan.
The Panthers are averaging a GLVC-low 262 yards per game after being held to just 47 total yards against Saint Joseph's last week.
Wesleyan has scored just eight offensive touchdowns this year, with senior H-back Jeff Ward responsible for six of them.
Ward has a team-high 31 receptions for 399 yards and ranks seventh nationally in all-purpose yards with 1,009. He has four TD catches and has also returned a kickoff and a punt for TDs.
Senior quarterback Will Barnes was 15-for-26 for 158 yards in the first half against S&T last season before suffering an injury. He returned to the Panther lineup last week and went 8-for-16 for 63 yards.
Senior running back Devin Le'Gall leads the Panther ground game with 318 rushing yards.
S&T's No. 1 goal is to cut down the turnovers. Sophomore quarterback Reed Brown has completed 57.1 percent of his passes for 975 yards, three TDs and 12 interceptions.
Miner junior wideout Melvin Stovall has 32 catches for 297 yards and a TD while junior wideout Nick Taylor and junior slot Leon Moody each have 20 receptions.
Sophomore Zenel Hudson leads S&T in rushing yards with 409 yards but injured an ankle last week and is out for Saturday.
Senior linebacker Chris Emesih leads the S&T defense with 37 tackles while junior linebacker Zach Melber and senior free safety Mark Hopkins each have 30.