October 22, 2018

Wolves down Mississippi College 28-0

(Clinton, MS/uwgsports.com) — In what has become the norm for a trip to Clinton, Miss., the contest between West Georgia and Mississippi College was affected by rain, but this time, the game was called with 1:15 left in the third quarter after a two-hour lightning delay, with UWG leading 28-0.

West Georgia outgained Mississippi College 350-to-93 in the three quarters of action, as the UWG defense allowed just 25 passing yards en route to the first shutout victory of the 2017 season.

The first quarter would be one to forget for the West Georgia Wolves, as UWG had four possessions and came away with no points.

In fact, the Wolves moved the ball well, but had one high pass intercepted, a fumble at midfield and Mississippi College blocked a punt deep in UWG territory near the end of the quarter.

In the second quarter, though, the Wolves’ offense picked up the pace, with Willie Candler’s arm sparking the scoring. Candler connected with Brooks on a 37-yard touchdown strike with 6:58 left in the first half. Candler again had a scoring strike with two minutes left in the half, this time a 20-yarder to Shaq Roland.

Candler ended the first half connecting on 12-of-14 passes for 172 yards and two touchdowns, leading the Wolves’ offense to 256 total yards. Devontae Jackson quietly had a solid first half, rushing 14 times for 69 yards. Roland had four receptions for 54 yards and a score.

The third quarter started in a very similar fashion to the first, as the Wolves and Choctaws exchanged possessions early in the period. West Georgia finally took control of the quarter on the back of Jackson on the third possession of the period.

Jackson carried the ball three times for 36 yards, including a 16-yard score to give the Wolves a 21-0 lead with 6:52 left in the quarter. During the drive, Jackson went over 100 yards for the third straight game, and his touchdown was his sixth of the last three contests.

With just under two minutes left in the third quarter, the Wolves picked up their second touchdown of the second half when Rishad Goode came through for a sack, forcing a fumble.

Ramon Patton picked up the ball and sprinted 34 yards for the score to give UWG a 28-0 lead with 1:15 left in the 3rd quarter. One play from scrimmage after that touchdown, a lightning strike hit in Clinton, forcing the teams off the field. The delay lasted for two hours before the game was called.

Jackson led the Wolves with 20 carries for 143 yards and a touchdown, while Candler was 13-of-19 for 174 yards and two scores. Devlyn Cousin and Rishad Goode each had five tackles to lead the UWG defense.

West Georgia returns home this Thursday night for Faculty/Staff Appreciation night against the Shorter Hawks. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m., and the game will be the GSC-TV Live Game of the Week on ESPN3.

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