Monday, October 31, 2011
Wolves best Valdosta 23-20
Valdosta, GA - The UWG football team has made strides this season, but coming into Saturday's Battle for the Peach Basket with 17th-ranked Valdosta State, the Wolves were still looking for a game where they could hang their hat. Less than three hours after the start, the Wolves had that win with a thrilling 23-20 victory over the Blazers at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium.
With 10 seconds left in the game, things were still in doubt for the Wolves as West Georgia trailed VSU 20-16. But the Wolves had quarterback Emmanuel Taylor and the ball on the Blazers' 11. The UWG junior faded back and fired a bullet, finding V.J. Hunt in the front corner of the endzone for the game-winning score.
"These kids were so hungry for a win, the way they worked at practice was just inspiring," said head coach Daryl Dickey. "That was a great job by our guys to respond to adversity late in the game again."
The drive that produced the game-winning score marked the second time in the last three weeks that Taylor has engineered a game-winning drive. Two weeks ago, he and his offense put together a 33-yard march over the final 2:18 to set up a game-winning field goal by Davis Brackett.
Saturday was a different story, as a furious second-half comeback from Valdosta State left West Georgia in a four-point hole with 5:38 left in the game and the ball at the UWG 34.
"We are a good football team if we play at our best," Dickey said. "Even though we didn't play at our best today, we still found a way to win the game today."
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