November 29, 2020

UWG Rolls over Miles College

(Carrollton, GA/ — The 3rd-ranked West Georgia Wolves used a 457-yard offensive performance as they rolled to a 33-7 win over the Miles College Golden Bears on Saturday night at Ra-Lin Field at University Stadium in front of a crowd of nearly 8,000.

Of those 457 yards, 101 came on the ground from redshirt freshman Aares McCall, as the Grayson, Ga. native put together his second straight 100-yard performance.

McCall had 107 yards against Catawba in his collegiate debut last week, then produced yet another 100-yard game against Miles in his first game in University Stadium as well as scoring his first collegiate touchdown.

But McCall also racked up the all-purpose yards, hauling in two passes for 55 yards to bring his two-game all-purpose yardage total to 273.

The Miles Golden Bears (0-2) opened the game with a 64-yard pass completion to get down to the Wolves’ 16 yard line, but the UWG defense stood tall, and three plays later, West Georgia (2-0) forced a fourth down, and the MC field goal attempt was no good.

The Wolves would answer with a nine play, 68-yard drive that stalled at the Miles 12 yard line. Senior kicker Hunter Heck would then drill a 29-yard field goal to put the West Georgia on the board.

After a Miles three-and-out, UWG would get great field position at the Miles 47 yard line. Again, the Wolves would drive deep into Golden Bears territory before being forced to kick another field goal. Heck connected again from 21 yards out, making the score 6-0 as the first quarter came to a close. .

As the second quarter began, the Golden Bears would be forced to again punt to the Wolves. UWG would use a four-play, 76-yard drive, capped off by a 25-yard touchdown pass from Dallas Dickey to Devontae Jackson.

The Wolves would connect on a two-point conversion, the third of the year for UWG, giving the Wolves a 14-0 lead with 12:50 left in the first half. That drive was full of big plays, with Dickey also connecting with McCall for a 46-yard pass.

The UWG defense would come up strong again as Miles drove down into UWG territory before sophomore safety Zed Brown picked off a David Whipple pass at the 10 yard line.

Neither team would score over the final 10 minutes of the half, sending the Wolves to the locker room with a 14-0 lead.

The Wolves opened up the second half with an uncharacteristic three-and-out, in which Miles would answer.

The Golden Bears drove 56 yards in seven plays, scoring on a 15 yard touchdown from David Whipple to Delarius Webb. The point-after was good, as the Wolves led 14-7 with 8:42 left in the third quarter.

Four minutes later, UWG would cap off a 12-play, 55-yard drive with another Hunter Heck field goal, this time from 37 yards out, giving the Wolves the 17-7 lead at the 4:01 mark in the third quarter.

The Wolves would force yet another three-and-out from the Bears, and then respond with a 51-yard drive over eight plays that ended with a 27-yard touchdown run by McCall, his second long play of the game and his first career touchdown. That gave West Georgia a commanding 24-7 lead with 14:45 to go in the contest.

The defense put points on the board with a safety at the 13:07 mark of the fourth quarter, the first defensive score of the year for UWG. Junior defensive end Dylan Donahue would apply the pressure on Whipple, forcing an intentional grounding in the endzone.

With the Wolves up 26-7, redshirt freshman Wil Garrett came in at quarterback and led the Wolves on a nine-play, 48-yard touchdown drive that ended with Devontae Jackson taking it into the endzone from the 12 yard line, putting the Wolves up 33-7 with 8:57 left in the game.

Jackson had a big day, rushing seven times for 82 yards and a touchdown as well as hauling in a pass for 25 yards and a score.

Dickey finished the game with 214 yards through the air on a 14-of-22 night through the air, with a touchdown and and his first interception of the season.

McCall also led the Wolves in receiving yards with 55 yards, while Jackson also had 25 yards on one catch, good for a touchdown, giving him two total touchdowns on the day.

Defensively, Gabe Freeman led the Wolves with seven total tackles including four solo. Dylan Donahue added five solo stops and had a sack.

West Georgia now looks to Fayetteville State, who visits Carrollton for the first time ever. Kickoff is set for 2:00 p.m. next Saturday, September 19, at University Stadium.

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