CARROLLTON, Ga. - The month of November will begin for the West Georgia Wolves with the annual Hall of Fame Game, as five new inductees into the UWG Athletics Hall of Fame will receive their plaques at halftime of the contest at University Stadium Saturday between the Wolves and the Mississippi College Choctaws.
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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
2019 Hall of Fame Ceremony
David Faircloth (Baseball) Faircloth was a baseball standout at West Georgia during the 1966 and 1967 seasons. Melissa Holt (Volleyball) A native of Newport News, Va., Holt was a four-year standout at UWG from 2010-13. Da’Ron Sims (Men’s Basketball) A true warrior on the court during his two (2010-12) seasons at West Georgia. William Wright (Football) A native of Pompano Beach, Fla., Wright played his high school football at Mountain View in Gwinnett County. At UWG he was dominant during his four seasons (2010-13) in a Wolves’ uniform. Nicole Yancey (Softball) A native of nearby Whitesburg, Yancey posted numbers at UWG that had never been seen before in Carrollton. She is a four-time All-Gulf South Conference selection, GSC Freshman of the Year in 2011, and was named All-America following her senior season 2014.
1982 National Championship
The University of West Georgia will unveil the new monument in honor of the 1982 Division III National Championship team on Saturday prior to the game. West Georgia football returned in the 1981 season and one year later, head coach Bobby Pate and his team won the first football national championship for the university. The monument will be located on the West Concourse.
Following one of the biggest wins of the year, West Georgia returns home this Saturday to take on the Mississippi College Choctaws on Hall of Fame Saturday. The Wolves and the eighth-ranked (regionally) Choctaws will kick at 2 p.m. from University Stadium.
Both teams come into Saturday’s game in a must-win situation to have hopes for the 2019 NCAA Division II playoffs. Both have three losses, and unlike in recent years, Mississippi College is in a better position than the Wolves in terms of the playoffs. The Choctaws were ranked eighth in the first Super Region 2 poll, which is used to determine the playoff entrants.
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 24-9. His career head coaching record is 103-36. John Bland has been at the helm of the MC program for six years with a record of 14-43 in that span. Overall, Bland has a record of 89-69.
This is the 18th meeting between the Wolves and the Choctaws in the history of the series, with West Georgia holding a slight 9-8 lead. Last season’s meeting was a barnburner in Mississippi, as the Wolves had to hold off a hard-charging Mississippi College rushing attack in the second half for a 36-21 victory in Clinton.
Saturday’s game vs. Mississippi is West Georgia’s 31st all-time appearance as part of the GSC Game of the Week TV package, from the 2005 season to the present. UWG has a record of 14-16 in their 30 previous appearances. Also, West Georgia appeared three times in an earlier, Gulf South Conference TV package that ran during the 2000 season. During that season UWG was 2-1, winning road games over Ouachita Baptist and North Alabama, and then dropping a home contest to Valdosta State. Veterans Don Russell and Rick Rhoades will call the action on the GSC telecast.
This is the third game on ESPN for the Wolves this season, with West Georgia taking on North Greenville in the GSC Game of the Week on October 12 and the Wolves playing last week in the NCAA Division II Showcase game against West Alabama. UWG was also on TV when playing against Catawba in the opener, and the Wolves are 3-0 this season when playing in a televised game.
The West Georgia defense was stellar in the win over West Alabama, especially in the ground game. The Wolves allowed just 43 rushing yards against the Tigers, the lowest allowed against the rush thus far on the year.
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 1 p.m.
The last home game was an anomaly for the West Georgia Wolves, as University Stadium was ground zero in Carrollton for the remnants of Tropical Storm Nestor. The storm swept across the southeast, dumping more than three inches of rain on the Carrollton area throughout the day on Saturday.
Redshirt freshman Garrett Bass came off the bench after an injury to Willie Candler against UWA, going 11-for-19 for 129 yards and a touchdown to aid in the victory.