Photo Credit: Steven Broome

The Wolves amongst Elite Conversation

Photo Credit: Steven Broome
Photo Credit: Steven Broome

The College Football season is over, and while the dust is still settling on the end of last year, the University of West Georgia is still looking to prove more. Of course for the Wolves the season ended earlier than desired. However, the outcome has provided the Wolves with ammunition in the conversation among the elite teams in the nation.

Last season will be marked as the greatest season for the UWG football team. Not only did the team earn a Division II playoff berth, but survived to play the eventual champion in the semi-final round.

The Wolves finished 12-3, a mark that some thought could jeopardize the Wolves’ chances to make the postseason. The Wolves looked great in the early stages of the season and soon found themselves on the top of a hectic division, a feat assisted by winning their first five games.

Losing to its biggest rival Valdosta State University and the University of North Alabama made the season ending stretch an uncertain path.

After the team’s close loss to the University of North Alabama in week 8, they went on to win their final three games to clinch a playoff berth.

Momentum at the Wolves’ back and surging towards a championship, the Wolves met stiff competition in the postseason. In the first round, they took on the Tuskegee University Tigers, which ended in grinding fashion as the Wolves pulled out a 3-point victory.

The Tuskegee victory goes a long way in explaining the identity of this football team. It is true that this team is new on the scene, so far as competing with the big boys goes. This team showed championship grit in its first postseason appearance on the road. The most impressive part of the victory is not the victory itself, but the maturity it demonstrates.

The idea that this team is just a youthful group with a rookie head coach had been forgotten after the Wolves claimed the game following a late fourth quarter surge.

Next up was Delta State University, a familiar foe looking to avenge itself. Earlier in the season, the Wolves had already turned them away. Four quarters later, the Wolves moved to the next round after smothering their division opponent.

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