Friday, October 21, 2011

Wolves 0-1 in GSC

When the University of West Georgia football team got field goals, West Alabama got touchdowns — and that was the difference in the Wolves' 35-23 setback in their Gulf South Conference opener at University Stadium on Thursday night.

UWG (4-3, 0-1 GSC) scored the first touchdown of the contest on a pass from wide receiver V.J. Hunt to Denarius Appling for an 86-yard strike to take the early 7-0 lead.

It wasn't a play the Wolves have been working on for too long, either.

"About two days. It was a short week of practice, and we put that in to see if it couldn't give us a jump-start in a situation. We went out that first series and didn't get much, so we needed a spark and that gave us a spark offensively," West Georgia coach Daryl Dickey said.

Appling knew that even in a short time, the two receivers could make the play work.

"We really didn't even work on it. We just put it in [Wednesday]. V.J. knew that he could throw the ball at me, and I knew I was going to catch it. So we clicked," Appling said.

But West Alabama (6-2, 1-1) fired right back with a 47-yard drive to tie the game at 7-all.

From there, Davis Brackett connected on a pair of field goals — 43 and 31 yards — to give West Georgia the 13-7 lead at halftime.

"They were long field goals. We didn't get down real close to scoring. [We] knew going in that this was going to be a tight ball game, a hard-fought ball game, so points are a premium and getting those points are big," Dickey said. "I'm proud of Davis Brackett for making those field goals."

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