November 29, 2020

UWG Takes Down Indians in Opener

(Salisbury, NC/ — Special teams and defense are many times the difference between a good team and a great team.

Head coach Will Hall‘s 4th-ranked West Georgia Wolves used a solid mix of smothering defense, strong special teams play and quick strike offense to take a 44-13 victory over the Catawba Indians at Shuford Stadium in Salisbury, NC.

The Wolves controlled the tempo from the outset, using a massive offensive line to power redshirt freshman Aares McCall to a 10-carry, 107-yard afternoon.

Senior quarterback Dallas Dickey was a major part of that tempo as well, going 15-for-17 through the air for 204 yards and a pair of touchdowns as well as using his legs for another score.

West Georgia opened the scoring in the contest, as junior running back Telvin Brown‘s 26-yard punt return after Catawba’s first possession gave Dickey and the Wolves the ball at the Indians’ 41 yard line. Seven plays later, Dickey scampered in from 10 yards out for the first score of the season for UWG.

The Carrollton native accounted for 38 yards on the Wolves’ first drive of the season, including rushing for 20 yards.Alex Armah hauled in a pass from Wil Garrett with a “swinging gate” two-point conversion to give the Wolves an 8-0 lead. That would be the only scoring of the first quarter for the Wolves, as the turnover bug bit for three first half fumbles for UWG.

Catawba picked up a pair of field goals in the remainder of the period, as the teams moved to the second quarter with West Georgia leading by a slim 8-6 margin.

Photo: Wayne Hinshaw, Salisbury Post

Photo: Wayne Hinshaw, Salisbury Post

That changed quickly in the second quarter, as Brown erupted for a 66-yard punt return for a touchdown on the Wolves’ first possession and another two-point conversion put West Georgia on top 16-6.

Catawba didn’t stay down for long, as later in the period, the Indians pulled to within three at 16-13 with a touchdown with 4:21 left in the first half, which closed out the scoring for the period.

But after a somewhat sloppy first half from both teams, Hall’s Wolves flipped the switch in the second half, scoring 28 unanswered points, the first of which came on the second possession of the period with a 47-yard touchdown strike from Dickey to Qa Walker for a 23-13 lead. On the next UWG possession, Dickey again struck through the air with a 29-yard touchdown pass to Shaq Hall.

Garrettt took over for the fourth quarter, leading the Wolves to a pair of scores in the final period, delivering on a touchdown pass to Armah and running another in for the final touchdowns of the afternoon. West Georgia’s defense allowed just 145 yards of offense in the contest on 59 yards, including 97 yards on the ground. Senior linebacker Marion Chapman led the defensive effort with seven tackles.

In addition to his offensive prowess on the afternoon, Armah also had two sacks to lead the UWG defensive effort. Junior Lorenzo Ford and freshman Jakyron Young each had an interception in the contest.

Shaq Hall had eight receptions in the game for 79 yards, and Qa Walker had two catches for 69 yards and each had a touchdown. Walker also added 80 yards in kickoff returns, giving him 149 all-purpose yards for the game.

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