August 20, 2018

UWG Tames Lions

(Carrollton, GA/uwgsports.com) — The second-ranked West Georgia Wolves used an impressive defensive performance to knock off the 11th-ranked North Alabama Lions by a final score of 31-10 on Saturday afternoon at Ra-Lin Field as the Wolves broke out red jerseys for the first time in 19 years.

The UWG defense impressed, holding a UNA rushing attack that came into the contest averaging 235 yards per game to just 139 yards on the ground and just 318 yards of total offense. The Lions offense was averaging over 500 yards of total offense on the year.

Offensively, the Wolves showed multiple weapons as UWG had two 100-yard rushers on the day in Devontae Jackson with 142 and senior quarterback Dallas Dickey with 123 on the ground. That marks the first time since 2012, UWG has had two 100-yard rushers in a single game. The game in 2012 was also against North Alabama.

UWG needed only 107 yard passing in the win, and for the first time this season, did not throw for a touchdown.

West Georgia’s opening possession of the game saw the Wolves drive nearly the length of the field before a trick play was intercepted at the UNA 1-yard line.

UNA would then get the ball and drive 90 yards before West Georgia forced a field goal by the Lions for the first points of the game.

West Georgia then used three straight plays of at least 20 yards to reach the North Alabama two-yard line before Wil Garrett ran the ball in for the score, giving UWG their first lead of the day at 7-3.

After a three-and out by the UWG defense that was set-up by Dylan Donahue’s seventh sack of the season, the Wolves used a 13-play, 75-yard drive that ended with a 24-yard field goal by Hunter Heck that gave UWG a seven point lead at 10-3 with 11:07 left in the first half.

The Wolves defense then forced another UNA punt which led to a 14-play, 81-yard scoring drive capped off byDevontae Jackson’s nine yard score.

UNA’s next possession presented a scoring opportunity for the Lions as they attempted another field goal, this one as time expired. The kick was blocked by Marcus Sayles and returned for a touchdown, but a penalty negated it, giving UWG the ball with one untimed down. West Georgia would kneel on the ball and take a 17-3 lead into the locker room.

To open the second half, UNA went three-and-out and gave UWG great field position at the UWG 49-yard line. The Wolves marched down the field, scoring on a seven yard rush from Wil Garrett, giving UWG a 24-3 lead early in the third.

Again, West Georgia’s defense flexed its muscles, forcing a UNA punt, and taking over at their own 47-yard line. UWG’s offense was equally impressive, driving down and scoring in six plays on another Devontae Jackson touchdown. Jackson’s second score of the game was from eight yards out.

UNA would finally get on the board with a Luke Wingo touchdown on fourth and goal at the 13:32 mark in the fourth quarter.

The two teams would then trade a trio of turnovers as UNA would intercept Dallas Dickey, but one play later, Jason Carr intercepted Luke Wingo to give West Georgia the ball back. A few plays later, UNA would recover a Dallas Dickey fumble and take over at their own 38-yard line.

UNA would drive all the way down to the three yard line before an amazing tackle by Carlos Hutton stopped the Lions short of the goal line on fourth and goal, keeping North Alabama out of the end zone.

The Wolves would run the final four minutes off with a long, time-consuming drive.

Along with the triple digits from Jackson and Dickey, Lamarcus Franks had 53 yards rushing while Wil Garrett added 42 yards on the ground and two touchdowns. Shaq Hall led the way in receiving, catching four passes for 42 yards.

Defensively, UWG was Marcus Sayles who had eight solo stops and also added the blocked field goal. Dylan Donahue had two sacks on the afternoon, regaining the lead in team sacks from Alex Armah.

The win moves UWG to 8-0 overall on the year and 4-0 in Gulf South Conference play. The win over North Alabama marks the first time since the 1999 season that West Georgia has defeated North Alabama, Delta State, and Valdosta State in the same season.

UWG’s next action is next Saturday as the Wolves return to the road taking on Mississippi College in Clinton, Miss. on October 31.

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

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