May 24, 2018

#2 UWG dominates West Alabama

(Livingston, AL/uwgsports.com) — The 2015 version of the West Georgia football team began their Gulf South Conference schedule in grand fashion Saturday afternoon in Livingston, Ala., with a dominating performance, taking down the West Alabama Tigers in a 32-14 victory.

The win was the 17th since UWG head coach Will Hall came to Carrollton from West Alabama after the 2013 season. The Tigers (4-1, 0-1 GSC) came into the game as the top rushing defense in the nation, allowing just 37.3 yards and just over 12 points per game on the year. West Georgia (5-0, 1-0), ranked 2nd in the nation according to the AFCA, rushed for 124 yards as a team in the contest and scored all 32 points in the first half en route to a 32-14 win.

How it Happened: The Wolves were dominant in the first half against the Tigers, outgaining UWA 211-34, with each team running just over 30 plays in the period. West Georgia opened the game by stopping the Tigers on a three-and-out, then senior quarterback Dallas Dickey went to work. The Carrollton native, who ended up 9-for-12 for 172 yards and a touchdown in the first half, found Qa Walker behind the UWA defense to put UWG in scoring position.

On the next play, the offensive line opened up a huge hole and Lamarcus Franks essentially walked into the end zone for an 8-0 lead. The scoring continued with a field goal from Hunter Heck, but the fireworks started in the second quarter.

First, defensive end Dylan Donahue broke free and forced UWA quarterback Dezmon Huntley to fumble and defensive tackle Jason Carr returned the fumble 22 yards to paydirt for the score to make it 18-0. Then after a three-and-out, the Tigers punted to Telvin Brown, who reversed his field and rambled 75 yards for his second punt return for a touchdown of the season, making it 25-0.

After another three-and-out, Dickey found Brown alone in the end zone for a 32-yard touchdown pass for the final score of the first half, sending the Wolves into the locker room leading 32-0 at the break. Brown had two receptions for 72 yards and a score while Walker had two receptions for 58 yards in the opening period. Gabe Freeman, back from an injury two weeks ago, led the Wolves with six tackles at the half.

In the second half, the Wolves moved the ball well between the 20s, but did not get it into the endzone in the third quarter and then for the first three-fourths of the fourth quarter, eating up time on the clock. After West Alabama’s second quarterback of the game went down with an injury, the third string quarterback led the Tigers down the field and hit with a touchdown pass midway through the period.

Dickey ended his day with a 17-for-26 performance for 211 yards and a touchdown through the air. He also had 10 carries for 38 yards. Brown led the Wolves in scoring on the day, collecting a touchdown reception and punt return for a touchdown, giving him three touchdowns on the year.

Telvin Brown 75-yard punt returnTelvin Brown with a 75-yard punt return for a touchdown against West Alabama on Saturday

Posted by West Georgia Wolves on Saturday, 3 October 2015

What it Means: The Wolves begin the 2015 Gulf South Schedule with a win for the second straight season, heading into a showdown with Valdosta State next week at home with a 1-0 record.

Odds and Ends:Jason Carr‘s fumble return for a touchdown was the first for West Georgia under head coach Will Hall … The last fumble return for a touchdown at UWG came in 2013 at Shorter with Eric Bridges on the scoring end of that one … Shaq Hall had 38 yards receiving against UWA, moving him closer to that 1,000-yard career mark … Hall needs just 14 yards to becoming the 14th player in school history to surpass 1,000 yards receiving in a career.

Next Up: The Wolves return home for their first ranked opponent of the 2015 season, taking on the Valdosta State Blazers at University Stadium next Saturday at 2 p.m. in a rematch of last year’s Super Region 2 Championship game.

For up to date news on all University of West Georgia sports visit www.uwgsports.com.

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