December 5, 2020

UWG scores 31-23 homecoming win

(Carrollton, GA/uwgsports.com) — West Georgia’s three-game losing streak came to an end on Saturday afternoon at University Stadium, as the Wolves used a balanced attack led by redshirt freshman quarterback Willie Candler to take down Mississippi College 31-23 in a Homecoming victory.

Head coach Will Hall gave Candler the ball on Saturday, and the former Lovett School star put together a solid performance in his first collegiate start. Candler was 14-of-23 for 181 yards and three touchdowns on the day, propelling the Wolves to their first victory since September 24.

“I can’t say enough about Willie and the composure he had today out there,” Hall said. “We have had some struggles this year, and with the weight of all of that on his shoulders, he takes it all in and delivers with a fantastic performance.”

Candler was one of two Atlanta area natives who were instrumental in the West Georgia victory Saturday. Former Lovejoy star Travis Custis also came up big in the contest, rushing 16 times for 132 yards and a touchdown. He was one of two backs to go over 100 yards on the day, as senior Lamarcus Franks also had 15 carries for 100 yards on the day.

“Travis has had one interesting year for us,” Hall said. “A lot of people don’t know this, but he suffered an ACL injury during spring practice, and with his work ethic and outstanding strength, has come back to play collegiate football in less than six months.”

Candler and Custis led the Wolves to a 24-7 lead with 11:05 left in the 3rd quarter, but Mississippi College came roaring back, scoring 14 unanswered points before a seven-yard touchdown run from Custis with 5:07 left in the game put it out of reach.

West Georgia moves to 5-3 on the year and 2-3 in Gulf South Conference play, and the Wolves will take on the Shorter Hawks in Rome, Ga. next Saturday.

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