September 26, 2018

Wolves win GSC Opener over Delta State

(Carrollton/uwgsports.com) — Behind a four touchdown performance from their senior quarterback, the third-ranked West Georgia Wolves knocked off Delta State in their Gulf South Conference opener by a final score of 34-24 at Ra-Lin Field on Saturday afternoon.

Head coach Will Hall remained perfect at home as UWG’s head coach and the Wolves won their 18th straight game at University Stadium.

Will Gardner was 18-of-30 on the day for 207 yards and four touchdowns. On the ground, Devontae Jackson led the way with 96 yards on 16 carries.

It was a roller coaster ride in the opening half as Delta State opened up a 12-point lead, scoring the first touchdown of the day after a blocked punt was scooped up by Zane Samuel and returned 16 yards for a Statesmen touchdown.

The West Georgia offense sputtered for most of the first quarter, gaining only 44 yards of offense in the opening 15 minutes. But the Wolves defense was up to the task as they forced only two field goals in the remainder of the half, despite giving Delta State favorable field position.

Will Hall’s offense found the endzone with 5:38 left in the half on a 14-yard pass from Will Gardner to tight end Walter Hibbler, capping off an eight-play, 73-yard drive.

After the Wolves defense forced a three-and-out, Marcus Sayles blocked his 13th career kick on a DSU punt attempt, andLaronji Vason was there on the scoop and score, taking it to the house from the 19-yard line.

UWG was forced to punt on their opening drive of the second half, and as the Statesmen took over, what appeared to be a stop on third down and a DSU punt, turned into an extended drive on a fake punt, which resulted in a Delta State touchdown on fourth down and goal, giving the Statesmen the lead.

UWG then answered with three straight touchdowns, all through the air. The first was a 35 yard strike to Devontae Jackson out of the backfield that gave the Wolves the lead, and a lead in which they would never give back.

Will Gardner then connected with DeNiko Carter for the first of two touchdowns between the duo on the day. The first of the two scores was a 16-yard score, with the second coming five minutes later on a 29-yard score.

Delta State added one score late in the game, to cut it to 10, but that’s how it would end as the Wolves won their Gulf South Conference opener.

Carter ended the day with four catches for 59 yards and two touchdowns while Jackson had four catches for 62 yards and one score.

Defensively, Laronji Vason led the way with 9.5 tackles while Dylan Donahue had 7.5 tackles including two sacks.

Next week, the Wolves head to Albany State, taking on the Rams in non-conference action at 7 p.m.

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