August 17, 2018

Wolves fall to Bearcats at NCAA Semifinal

The Wolves fell to the Bearcats 38-23 Saturday (Photo: Dougal Brownlie/AP)

The Wolves fell to the Bearcats 38-23 Saturday (Photo: Dougal Brownlie/AP)

(Maryville, MO/uwgsports.com) — The 2015 season came to a close in Maryville, MO Saturday evening for the West Georgia Wolves, who fell to Northwest Missouri State in a barnburner at Bearcat Stadium, losing 38-23.

The Wolves fell into a 17–0 hole early in the second quarter, as Northwest Missouri State had touchdowns in both the running and passing game as well as a field goal.

Hunter Heck put West Georiga on the board for the first time at the 10:56 mark of the second quarter with a 32-yard field goal that capped an eight-play, 61-yard drive that stalled at the NMSU 15.

UWG’s defense held and gave the ball back to West Georgia, as the Wolves again mounted an eight play drive that stalled at the Northwest 20. heck delivered on another field goal to make the score 17-6.

The Wolves stopped the Bearcats on an interception from Marcus Sayles, but a bad snap on the next punt gave the ball back to Northwest Missouri with just over a minute to play at the 11 yard line.

NW quarterback Brady Bolles ran in from seven yards out with 32 seconds left to give the Bearcats a 24-6 lead at the half.

West Georgia came out firing in the third quarter, beginning with a 58-yard touchdown pass from Dallas Dickey to Telvin Brown on the opening drive to make the score 28-13.

After an exchange of punts, Dickey found Qa Walker for a 40-yard touchdown pass to pull within four at 24-20. UWG added another field goal in the fourth quarter, this time from 33 yards from Heck to pull the Wolves within a point at 24-23.

But after a 53-yard attempt with 4:39 left in the game from Heck, Bolles struck for one of the biggest plays of the game, a 64-yard touchdown pass that put Northwest up 31-23.

On the ensuing possesion, Dickey was intercepted by Bryce Enyard and the pick was returned 61 yards for the final score of the game.

Dickey was 13-of-34 in the game for 268 yards and two touchdowns in the final game of his career. He also had 10 carries for 46 yards, and Devontae Jackson had 20 carries for 76 yards in the game. Walker led the Wolves with four receptions for 130 yards.

West Georgia closes out the season with a 12-2 record overall, the best record for a UWG Division II team at UWG.

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