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Football Falls to West Georgia in Season Opener

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SALISBURY, N.C. -- West Georgia scored twice in the final four minutes of the first half and iced the game with a pair of fourth-quarter scores as the 15th-ranked Wolves topped host Catawba 37-9 in football action on Saturday afternoon at Shuford Stadium and Kirkland Field. It marked the season opener for both teams.

Leading 10-3 after a quarter, Nasier Currie-Sadler intercepted a pass and returned it 35 yards for a score to put West Georgia up 17-3. After Catawba failed on a fake punt, the Wolves cashed in on a 30-yard drive with Chauncey Williams scoring from four-yards out with just 23 second remaining before the break.

Kendall Davis, starting for the injured Ken Avent III, threw a 34-yard scoring strike to Chylon Thomas to bring the Indians within 23-9 at the 2:35 mark of the third quarter. West Georgia answered that drive on a five-yard run by Willie Candler then added a final score on a 48-yard run by Eric Swinney with 40 seconds to play.

The Wolves out-gained Catawba 399-248 in total yards and benefited from two turnovers while not committing a turnover on offense. Candler went 22-of-34 through the air for 220 yards. Swinney led the ground attack with 62 yards, while John Hurst caught five passes for 81 yards.

Davis was 5-of-11 for 92 yards and a touchdown. Thomas made three grabs for 83 yards. Demonte Good picked up 45 yards on the ground and Nasjzae Bryant added another 41. Freshman Clayton Crile hit on a 45-yard field goal and had one punt of 52 yards. Cris Page broke up four passes, while Jeremiah Ferguson, John Oxce and LJ Melvin were in on sacks.

Catawba travels to Winston-Salem State next Saturday for a 6 p.m. kickoff with the Rams.

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