CARROLLTON, Ga. - The Battle for the Peach Basket is on deck for the West Georgia Wolves, as UWG takes a 4-1 record into University Stadium on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m., facing the Valdosta State Blazers in the 37th meeting between the two programs.

The schedule doesn’t get any easier for the West Georgia Wolves in year one of the David Dean era in Carrollton, as for the fourth straight week, the Wolves will take on a team that has been ranked at some point this season. This week, UWG squares off in one of the biggest rivalries in the Gulf South Conference, as the Wolves take on the Valdosta State Blazers in the Battle for the Peach Basket.

So far this season, if the offense is rolling, then so are the West Georgia Wolves, as for the fourth-straight victory with Dean as the head coach, UWG scored at least 34 points en route to his first Gulf South Conference victory in Carrollton. Last week, it was the North Alabama Lions, as West Georgia used 17-straight points in the second half to build a 37-20 lead, then the Wolves held off the Lions for a 37-23 victory. The Blazers were idle last week, after collecting their first GSC win of the year on September 23 with a 30-19 victory on the road at West Florida. 

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 4-1 at West Georgia and has a record of 83-28 overall as a head coach. Kerwin Bell was Dean’s successor at VSU and is in his second season at the helm of the Blazers. He has a record of 9-5 overall and has a 7-3 against Gulf South Conference opponents.
In four of the first five weeks of the 2017 season, the West Georgia Wolves have produced at least one player of the week honor for the Gulf South Conference. The latest to receive the honor is the GSC Defensive Player of the Week, which went on Monday to linebacker Cam Magee, who becomes the latest in a four-year run of West Georgia players who have earned that title. Against North Alabama, Magee was everywhere on defense, collecting 10 tackles and hauling in an interception that set up Travis Custis’ 34-yard viral video touchdown run. 

Senior running back Travis Custis was a man on a mission this past week against North Alabama, as the Atlanta native just would not go down on multiple occasions. The biggest came on the run mentioned above, with West Georgia leading 27-20 and 12 minutes left in the game. Custis burst through a hole up the middle and then hurdled a UNA defender on his way to the end zone, putting the Wolves up 34-20.