VALDOSTA -- In their four previous meetings, Central Arkansas head coach Clint Conque has never beaten Valdosta State's Chris Hatcher. Of course, Conque isn't the only one.

"He's 4-0 against a lot of people," Conque said.

Conque has come close a couple times, a 26-21 loss in 2003 and a 42-34 crushing defeat in 2001. But Conque says he doesn't want a win in today's Bears-Blazers contest any more than he would in all the other Gulf South Conference games. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. in Conway, Ark. (Radio: 107.9 FM)

"I don't look at it as coach Hatcher vs. coach Conque. I look at it as (being between) the two programs," Conque said. "Every year is different and every team is different."

No. 14 Valdosta State (2-1, 2-0 Gulf South) and No. 17 Central Arkansas (4-0, 2-0) are two of four remaining GSC teams with unbeaten conference records.

"This is going to be a big test for us," Blazers' defensive coordinator Ashley Anders said. "I really feel like the winner of this game has got a good chance of going on to play for the conference championship."

Central Arkansas' offense has rolled through the last three games, scoring over 50 points in each. With the return of quarterback Zak Clark, a former starter at Arkansas, this season the Bears are having the year they could have had last year. Clark missed the entire 2003 season after taking a medical redshirt because of an injury suffered in the preseason and the Bears went 5-6.

Clark was named GSC player of the week last week after throwing for 305 yards and four touchdowns in a 55-12 win over Henderson State.

"They've got big play potential," Hatcher said. "We've got to make them work the ball down the field and hopefully they'll make a mistake."

The Blazers are no slouch either, though, Conque is quick to point out. Hatcher's offense has come to life after a season opening loss and the 'Black Swarm' defense is tops in the conference in total defense, allowing 262 yards per game.

"With the amount of success the Blazers have had, sometimes the bar is so high it becomes unrealistic," Conque said. "(Hatcher) has an exceptional group of athletes. They have our full attention, that's for dadgum sure.

"They're a whole different athlete that we'll face, that we have not faced."

Valdosta State will be without wide receivers Jeffrey Felton and Bama Adams and defensive tackle Willie Johnson, all three of whom were not listed on the Blazers' 55-man travel roster.

- Matt Stubbs contributed to this article

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