First year head football coach David Dean and the University of West Georgia Wolves wrapped up spring practice on Thursday with the Spring Game, as the white team defeated the blue team 16-14 at University Stadium.
West Georgia divided into two teams for the evening and were led by guest coaches Jim Sutherland, vice president for business and finance, who was on the white team's sideline; and UWG President Kyle Marrero on the blue team.
Willie Candler, who was the starting quarterback for the white team, began the game with a bang, completing a 55-yard strike to Isaiah Patrick on the first play from scrimmage and then found Emoni Williams on a 19-yard pass to take an early lead.
After a white team field goal by Matt Chiera made it 10-0, Hinton McConkey and the blue team responded as John Hurst reeled in a long TD pass to cut the lead to 7 points.
DeNiko Carter extended the white team's lead to 16-7 as he took a short slant route and went 60 yards for the score.
On the first play of the second half, McConkey hooked up with Hurst again, this time for a 75-yard score to make it a 16-14 game.
The white team converted a fourth down late in the game to seal the deal.
On defense, Jakyron Young, Cam Magee and Korie Roger each made big plays behind the line of scrimmage.
Chad Price stood out on the defensive line for the white team and Demarcus Davis on the blue team as each had multiple sacks for their respective squads.
Offensively, Travis Custis, Isaiah Patrick and Aares McCall, who returned to the backfield after a season in the defensive secondary last year, as well as redshirt freshmen Sam Ndem and Greg Payton, got multiple carries in the backfield.
The Wolves will shift their focus to the weight room as they close out the spring semester. West Georgia will begin fall camp in August and will kick off the 2017 season on Thursday, Aug. 31, hosting the Fort Valley State Wildcats.