The UWG Wolves football team ran away from Miles College in the 2013 home opener for a 31-7 victory Saturday at Ra-Lin Field.
UWG’s running game stole the show in the contest, as the Wolves rushed for a team total of 296 yards on the ground. The Wolves’ dangerous three-headed rushing attack proved to be too much for Miles.
Senior running back Quan Jones led the team in rushing with 139 yards on 23 carries. Jones also pounded in two touchdowns for the Wolves.
“Quan has done awesome the last two weeks,” said Wolves head coach Daryl Dickey. “Last week he put our team on his back and carried us to a win up at Mars Hill and ran the ball hard tonight.”
The Wolves started senior Austin Trainor at quarterback, but it was sophomore Dallas Dickey who emerged as a more lethal threat under center.
The Wolves as the offense began to open up with Dickey at the helm. Miles had difficulties handling the efficient UWG running game that used large amount of quarterback-option plays.
Dickey added 74 yards rushing to ground total for the Wolves, including a 44-yard run during UWG’s first drive of the second half. Dickey completed 11 of his 13 passes but did not score a touchdown.
“That was his [Dallas Dickey] type of game, it was a running game, play-action pass and running the football,” said Dickey. “He executes that pretty well and he’s pretty sporty in their running that offense.”
Junior tailback Seth Hinsley rushed for 73 yards on 11 carries. Hinsley scored the last touchdown of the game that brought the score to 31-7 late in the fourth quarter when he reached pay dirt from 28 yards out.
The West Georgia defense looked a bit rusty at the beginning of the game, allowing the Golden Bears to march down the field and score the game’s first touchdown to cap off a 14-play, 66-yard drive.
But after the first series the Golden Bears had issues getting anything going against a Wolves defense that played great, holding Miles to just one touchdown throughout the contest.
“Defense settled in and did very well,” said Dickey. “I was really proud of them. They [Miles] were real unknown coming into the ball game, how they were going to play and what they were going to do, but once we got them figured out we settled in and played well.”
The Wolves’ defense forced two interceptions off of Miles quarterback David Thomas, including an interception by UWG senior safety Donovan Jackson that was returned 48 yards for a touchdown, putting the Wolves up 14-7 in the second quarter.
The Wolves’ secondary had a great game and forced Thomas to scramble multiple times throughout the game. The West Georgia pass rush also blew up a handful of plays on their way to victory.
“We’re 2-0, that’s what we’re focusing on,” said Dickey. “We want to have a great region record when the season is over and we’re 2-0 right now and that’s what’s important.
The Wolves will host Midwestern State in their next matchup on Saturday Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at Ra-Lin field.