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Wallace makes return to UNA with rival

By John Zenor
Associated Press Writer

MONTGOMERY — Bobby Wallace figures he'll allow himself a nostalgic moment or two when he returns to North Alabama's Braly Stadium.

Then, the West Alabama coach will settle down to the business of trying to upset the program he led to three consecutive national championships in the 1990s.

"I'm sure it'll bring back a lot of great memories," said Wallace, who went 82-36-1 in 10 seasons at UNA.

"I have a lot of special feelings for that stadium because of all the great things that happened while I was there to me and to my team."

He hasn't coached at Braly Stadium since a 56-14 win over West Alabama in 1996. Kickoff is 6 p.m. Saturday.

North Alabama (8-1, 6-1 Gulf South Conference) has much more at stake than beating its former coach. The Lions, who moved up a spot to No. 2 in the Southeast Regional rankings, can probably secure a spot in the Division II playoffs with a win. They also are still battling for a share of the league title with Delta State and Valdosta State.

West Alabama (1-8, 0-7) just wants to snap a seven-game losing streak. The Tigers haven't won at UNA since 1987.

Wallace said he will start Terry Allen at quarterback to run an option attack. Allen is the team's No. 2 rusher behind Cole Mason and leads the Tigers in receiving while completing 8-of-17 passes for 104 yards on the season.

"We've got to get the ball in Terry Allen's hands where he can make plays, and figure out a way to let Cole Mason carry the football," Wallace said.

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