CARROLLTON, Ga. – Traditionally, defense has the edge on the offense during spring football practice. That axiom was again proven accurate when the UWG Wolves concluded spring practice Thursday with the annual Blue-White Spring Game on Ra-Lin Field.
UWG’s defense, wearing the White uniforms, won the game 27-10. They surrendered only one touchdown, forced a turnover, and the defensive line spent much of the night in the offensive backfield with an effective pass rush. Junior Chad Price, a returning All-Gulf South Conference performer, paced the rush with three quarterback sacks. Fellow ends Deondre Gardenhire, a sophomore, and redshirt freshman Skye Wilson also had an effective night.
Beyond the front line, UWG’s linebackers and secondary also had a good night with a host of players contributing. The highlight of the evening for the secondary was a fourth quarter pass interception by redshirt freshman safety Cameron Ramsey.
Despite the defensive unit’s excellence, offense was not a total washout. All-GSC Quarterback Willie Candler, when given time to throw, was effective in getting the ball to a variety of receivers. Also, the lone touchdown of the evening came on an impressive deep pass from junior Hinton McConkey to senior Brandon Walton. The running game also produced some positives, as the Trio of Tim McClain, Sam Ndem, and Aares McCall all had explosive plays during the game.
One other highlight occurred in the kicking game when placekicker John Scifers drilled a 49-yard field goal that would have been good from a much longer distance.
With spring practice complete, the 2018 Wolves will face a different regiment when UWG students return from spring break on March 26. The team will concentrate on the off-season strength and conditioning program for the remainder of the semester, laying the groundwork for the new season that begins September 1 when Catawba visits for visits for the season opener.