October 23, 2018

Wolves move to 7-0 at Delta State

(Cleveland, MS/uwgsports.com) — The 2nd-ranked West Georgia Wolves ran their overall record to 7-0 on the 2015 season and now have a 3-0 record in Gulf South Conference play following a convincing 28-7 road victory over the 8th-ranked Delta State Statesmen Saturday evening at Parker Field at McCool Stadium in Cleveland, Miss.

The win marks the third over a top-10 opponent for West Georgia under head coach Will Hall, with all three victories coming against Delta State. UWG has won the last four meetings with the Statesmen, with two of those four coming in Cleveland. The UWG offense was on full display in the first half, scoring three-straight first-half scores, but it was the defense that put the nail in the coffin, holding a very potent Delta State offense to just 227 yards, the first time a DSU team had less than 300 yards of offense in a game since October 3, 2013 against West Alabama.

How It Happened: Senior quarterback Dallas Dickey and the Wolves’ offense took the opening kickoff after a 40-yard kickoff return from Devontae Jackson to start the game. Dickey was 3-for-3 on the first drive of the game for 42 yards and also had a 16-yard rush to put the Wolves into scoring position. Freshman Wil Garrett then took it in for the score from two yards out, then ran in for the two-point conversion to give the Wolves an 8-0 lead.

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After the defense held on three-straight plays, the Wolves mounted another drive, this time going 55 yards in 10 plays, chewing up more than five minutes on the clock. Dickey and junior running back Lamarcus Franks moved the ball into scoring range, then Garrett finished off another drive with a four-yard touchdown to give West Georgia a 14-0, first quarter advantage.

The two teams traded punts, then Delta State started their high-powered offense on their first drive of the second half. A 45-yard pass from Tyler Cameron to Jarvis York had the Statesmen knocking on the door, but the UWG defense held strong, forcing a 40-yard field goal attempt that was missed. The Wolves responded with a six-play drive that featured three big plays, including a 21-yard touchdown strike from Dickey to Qa Walker for a 21-0 lead.

Franks had a 29-yard rush on the drive, Dickey had an 18-yard rush on third down to extend the drive, then connected on the next play with Walker for the score. That would conclude the scoring for the first half, as the Wolves went into the break with a 21-0 lead. West Georgia outgained the Statesmen 207-149 in the first half while building a 21-0 lead. The Statesmen also missed two field goals in the period as the Wolves preserved the shutout through the first two quarters.

West Georgia added a Dickey 8-yard score in the third quarter to go up 28-0, then a Statesmen blocked punt for a touchdown in the fourth quarter closed out the scoring on the night. the Wolves’ defense allowed just 75 yards in the second half, continuing their dominance over opponents and allowing less than 300 yards for the sixth time in seven tries this season.

Dickey was 12-of-20 in the game for 132 yards, completing seven of his 12 passes to Shaq Hall, who finished the game with 84 yards receiving. Franks had 10 carries for 70 yards, but largely didn’t play in the second half. Marion Chapman led the defensive effort with seven tackles in the game, including five solo. Junior defensive end Alex Armah had six tackles, including two sacks, which gives him seven sacks on the year.

What it Means: The Wolves still have the biggest bullseye in the Gulf South Conference on their collective backs as the No. 2 team in the nation. The win over Delta was the fourth straight for UWG and fifth in the last six tries dating back to the famous “Brew over the top” play when West Georgia beat top-ranked Delta State in 2011.

Odds and Ends: Dallas Dickey now has 18 career rushing touchdowns, which continues to be the most all-time at UWG for a quarterback. But, freshman Wil Garrett is starting his career in a similar fashion to Dickey, as he now has three rushing touchdowns in the past two games and four on the year. Dickey had 10 rushing touchdowns in his freshman year in 2012. Hall now has 87 career receptions and continues to move up on the all-time lists at UWG. He passed Jaybriel Holbrook this weekend, moving into 11th-place all-time in receiving yards.

Next Up: A third-straight battle against a ranked opponent, as the North Alabama Lions come to University Stadium next weekend. The game will be the third-straight on ESPN3, this week as the GSC-TV Live Game of the Week. Kickoff is set for 2:00 p.m. on Saturday.

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