September 1, 2018
Football Falls as West Georgia Pulls Away in Final Quarter
CARROLLTON, Ga. -- West Georgia used a big second half to post a 34-3 win over visiting Catawba in football action on Saturday afternoon at University Stadium. The Wolves, ranked 19th in NCAA II, started to open its lead late third-quarter, scoring in the final minute to go up 13-3.
Catawba scored first as Lee Brackman booted a 33-yard field goal with 3:58 left in the opening quarter. That capped an 11-play scoring drive, which was one of only two drives into the red zone for the Indians. An interception by Cameron Davis on West Georgia’s next possession led to the other venture inside the WGU 20, but an Indian interception ended the chance.
West Georgia took advantage of a short field to take the lead. The Wolves needed three plays to cover 30 yards and go on top with an 18-yard pass from Willie Candler to Malik Henry at the 6:47 mark. The 7-3 lead would hold until the half.
The Indians mounted a drive midway through the third mostly behind the legs of Demonte Good. Good had five straight carries for 31 yards to push the ball to the West Georgia 21. Catawba failed to come away with points and momentum would quickly shirt to WGU.
The Wolves moved 79 yards in 13 plays after the missed Catawba field goal and added another score on a an eight-yard run by Devontae Jackson. That score came with just 20 seconds left in the third quarter. West Georgia used an interception and a punt return to put two quick scores on the board early in the fourth to pull away.
West Georgia totaled 362 yards with Catawba held to 195. Jackson, who had 95 yards on the ground , helped the Wolves to 208 yards rushing. The Indians were just 13-of-40 through the air with a pair of interceptions.
Kenyatta Greene ran for 52 yards for Catawba, while Good added 43 yards. Jourdan Osinskie and Devonte Tanksley each caught four passes. On defense, LJ Melvin recorded 10 tackles, while Ryan Watts posted a sack and Cameron Davis added an interception.
Catawba will travel to Winston-Salem State next Saturday for a 6 pm kickoff at Bowman-Gray Stadium. The game will be carried live locally on WAXN Channel 64 in Charlotte, N.C.
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