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Wolves ready for GSC road trip against Mississippi


  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Oct. 19, 2017 - 9:25 PM

Courtesy of West Georgia athletics

The West Georgia Wolves hit the road for a second straight weekend on Saturday, playing their third of four road games in the 2017 season, this week against Mississippi College at Robinson-Hale Stadium in Clinton, Miss.

The Wolves and Choctaws will kick off at 4 p.m. (EST), and the game will be streamed live on gochoctaws.com. Fans may listen to Hall-of-Fame announcer Mitch Gray on KISS 102.7 in Carrollton and on the Gradick Communications portal online.

LAST WEEK

The West Georgia Wolves lost a crucial battle for the lead in the Gulf South Conference standings last Saturday on the road at West Alabama. The Wolves lost a 28-14 lead and ended up with a 34-31 defeat that makes every week a playoff game from here on for UWG. Mississippi College lost to Valdosta State 55-3 on the road.

THE COACHES

West Georgia is coached by Gulf South Conference veteran David Dean, who is in his first season at the helm of the UWG program. This is his 10th season as a head coach, as he spent nine years at Valdosta State until the 2015 season. Dean is 5-2 at West Georgia and has a record of 84-29 overall as a head coach and is 2-0 against MC. John Bland is the head coach of Mississippi College, and is in his fourth year in Clinton with a record of 6-31 at the helm of the Choctaws program.

JACKSON ON FIRE

Early in the game against North Alabama, UWG starting running back Travis Custis was sidelined with an injury. Junior running back Devontae Jackson didn’t bat an eye, carrying the rock 21 times for 170 yards in the contest, leading the Wolves to the victory. He did better than that on his first two touches against West Alabama last weekend, as he had a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to open the game, then blasted off-tackle for a 77-yard touchdown run on the Wolves’ second play from scrimmage. He is now second in the Gulf South Conference in rushing yardage, averaging 90.9 yards per game.  

MAGEE TURNING UP THE INTENSITY

Junior linebacker Cam Magee has had three straight weeks with a solid output, and has moved into the team lead in tackles on the season because of it. Against North Alabama, he had 10 tackles and an interception, earning the title of Gulf South Conference Defensive Player of the Week. Against VSU, he had eight stops, then returned to double-digits against West Alabama last weekend with another 10-tackle game.