No. 18 Birmingham-Southern returns home to face Ave Maria University, Saturday

Shawn Morris (Photo by Cari Dean)
Shawn Morris (Photo by Cari Dean)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Standing at 2-0 on the season, the 18th-ranked Birmingham-Southern football team returns home this Saturday to face second-year program Ave Maria University at noon in Panther Stadium.

This will be the second meeting between the schools, who played last year in Naples, Fla., in AMU's first season. The Panthers won that game 43-7.

Saturday will be the first official game of the season for the Gyrenes, although they won an exhibition game against Cape Coast Sports Academy, 41-0, back on Sept. 1.

BSC enters this weekend's game after an exciting 45-38 win over Huntingdon last weekend in Montgomery in the fourth-annual Wesley Cup Game. Junior tailback Joseph Moultrie ran for two touchdowns in the game, including a record-breaking 99-yard run. He was named Southern Athletic Association Offensive Player of the Week as a result.

Senior tailback Shawn Morris leads the team in rushing yards with 189, with Moultrie right on his heels at 188. Both have scored three touchdowns as well. Senior quarterback Jimmy Stainback is 18-of-28 for 430 yards passing with four touchdown throws, as well as one rushing touchdown. Sophomore wide receiver Sam Vermilyea leads with 128 receiving yards and two touchdown catches. On defense, senior safety Andrew Shannon leads with 15 tackles.

Saturday's game will feature live streaming video available at, as well as a free game tracker which can be accessed here. Tickets are $10 for adults; children under 18 are admitted free of charge.

BSC is on the road after this weekend, traveling to Memphis, Tenn., to open Southern Athletic Association play against Rhodes on Saturday, Sept. 22, at 1 p.m. The Panthers return home to face Austin College on Sept. 29 at 1 p.m.