CARROLLTON, Ga. - The stage is set for a battle on Ra-Lin Field between the West Georgia Wolves and the 24th-ranked West Florida Argonauts on Saturday for the annual Homecoming Game. Kickoff for the contest is set for 2 p.m.
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9:00 AM - UWG Athletics Complex Open
12:00 PM - Junior Wolves Fun Den Open
12:30 PM - Wolf Walk at Wolf Plaza / Ticket Booth Open / Gates Open
1:30 PM - Junior Wolves Fun Den / The Hill Closes
1:45 PM - Pregame Begins with the Sound that Lights the South
1:50 PM - National Anthem
1:55 PM - Coin Toss
1:57 PM - Wolves take the Field
2:00 PM - Kickoff
The third home game of the season will be one of the biggest to date for the West Georgia Wolves, as 24th-ranked West Florida comes to town for the annual Homecoming Game in University Stadium. West Georgia is 4-2 on the season, 2-1 in GSC play. West Florida moved to 24th in this week’s national poll and brings a record of 4-1 into the game with a 3-0 record in league play.
Both teams come into play Saturday after a dominant effort in their most recent game. West Georgia won a 42-21 battle over North Greenville on the road, while West Florida captured an impressive 48-3 home win over Delta State two weeks ago.
Veteran David Dean is in his third season at the helm of the West Georgia program. A two-time national title winner as a head coach, Dean has guided the Wolves to a record of 23-8. His career head coaching record is 102-35. Pete Shinnick is in his fourth season as coach of the Argonauts. His record at West Florida is 26-16, and he guided UWF to the national championship game in 2017.
The series has become a solid rivalry game in just four games, as the two teams competed in the playoffs in 2017, with West Florida coming out on top in that one. The overall series is tied 2-2, with West Georgia winning last year in Pensacola, 27-7.
On the West Georgia side of the series, Willie Candler is the only quarterback to take a snap against West Florida. Qa Walker had a 35-yard pass from the wide receiver spot in 2016, but every other pass in the series from the UWG offense has come from Candler’s arm. The senior is 62-for-105 for 738 yards, eight touchdowns, and two interceptions in four games against West Florida.
Candler moved into Gulf South Conference historical categories last week against North Greenville, as he is now tied for eighth among all-time GSC quarterbacks with 67 touchdowns. That number also broke the UWG record held by Chris Teal in that category last week. Candler is in line to later this year own UWG’s career record for passing attempts. He has 955, compared to Teal’s school record of 1,039.
Saturday’s game vs. West Florida marks the third time that the Wolves and Argos have locked horns on Ra-Lin Field at University Stadium. An interesting fact in the series, which is tied 2-2, is that the home team has never won in this series. West Georgia won in Pensacola in the first meeting in 2016, followed by two victories in three weeks from West Florida in 2017. The second of those was in the 2017 NCAA Playoffs Second Round. West Georgia returned the favor in 2018, winning 27-7 over West Florida at Blue Wahoo Stadium in Pensacola.
For a West Georgia perspective on Saturday’s game, UWG fans can tune into WCKS, 102.7 FM. Mitch Gray, now in his 38th season of calling UWG football, handles the play-by-play, while Andy Micacchione fills the role of analyst. The Countdown to Kickoff pregame show begins at 6 p.m.
The West Georgia defense emerged last week against North Greenville. The Wolves allowed just nine points to Catawba in the opener but had allowed more than 500 yards of offense in the two previous weeks to Florida Tech and Shorter. The UWG defense was dominant against the Crusaders, allowing just 217 total yards in the game. A big key was on the line, as the Wolves had five sacks in the contest, doubling the team total for the year.