The University of West Georgia football team scored four touchdowns in the third quarter in route to a 49-0 victory over the Golden Bulls of Johnson C. Smith University for homecoming this past weekend. The win brought the Wolves’ record to 3-0 on the young season, which is their first 3-0 start since 2001.
UWG was favored to win by a large margin, but had some struggles in the first half and only managed to score one touchdown, which sent the game into halftime with a 7-0 score.
“Another win, I’m sure we’ll have some things to fix but it’s great to be 3-0 for the first time in a long time,” said UWG head coach Will Hall.
The Wolves didn’t waste any time in the second half, scoring on the opening kick of the third quarter. Denarius Appling, a senior, fielded the ball at the four-yard line and ran straight down the middle of the field on his way to a 96-yard kickoff return.
“We talked all week with the way they lined up we thought we could hit a middle return, we knew we needed one key block and we thought if we could get Appling into the middle we had a chance and that was something we talked about all week,” said Hall.
Appling was a Preseason All-GSC Return Specialist. He holds many UWG return records but this was his first touchdown in the return game of the season.
UWG continued their high scoring third quarter on their next drive when junior quarterback, Dallas Dickey connected with fellow junior wide receiver, Shaq Hall for a 14-yard touchdown. All four of UWG’s third quarter drives resulted in touchdowns, including the following one where Dickey earned his third touchdown of the game when he connected with senior wide receiver, Alex Macaulay for a 15-yard touchdown.
Dickey’s first touchdown was the Wolves’ lone touchdown in the first half. Dickey completed a 30-yard touchdown to Appling that capped off a six play, 85-yard drive. Dickey finished the game with 180 yards through the air on 12-16 passing with three touchdowns.
“It was nice to get the passing game going today, we threw the ball around better today than we have,” said Hall. “We had four touchdown passes to four different receivers, our receiving core is getting better and better each week.”
The UWG defense also held up its end of the deal, holding the Golden Bulls to just 183 yards of total offense and, of course, a shutout on the scoreboard. This is coming off of last week’s performance when the Wolves also held Miles College to a shutout. It is the first time in UWG history to have back-to-back shutout performances by the defense.
“We haven’t had a shutout in a long time so to have two in back to back weeks is tremendous,” said senior linebacker Tyrell Adams. “Our defense right now is gelling together so good and we’re just doing our jobs and the big things are taking care of themselves.”
The UWG defense consistently stopped the JCSU offense from progressing down the field, the Golden Bulls didn’t even reach the red zone one time in the game. Adams was the tackling leader for the game, finishing the contest with 8 tackles and one forced fumble.
“Tyrell has played at a high level for a long time and it looks like he had another great game today, and I couldn’t be happier for him because he is such a good person,” said Hall. “He is having the year he deserves because of the type of person he is and the type of work he has put into it.”
Senior running back Brandon Lucas scored the Wolves’ fourth touchdown in the third quarter when he reached the endzone from one yard out. Two other quarterbacks were also able to get on the scoring chart in the game as well. Senior Emmanuel Taylor connected with fellow senior Earvin Anumgba for a four-yard touchdown while junior Adam Holley was able to scramble and score a one-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.
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