CARROLLTON, Ga. – The third-ranked West Georgia Wolves pitched a second-half shutout as they improved to 10-0 with a 29-17 victory over the Delta State Statesmen on Senior Day at Ra-Lin Field.
After giving up 17 first-half points, the Wolves kept the Statesmen off the board in the final two quarters and put up 17 second-half points. That included a game-sealing pick six from Raekwon Chatman that made it a two-possession game with less than three minutes to go.
Redshirt freshman LaPerion Perry had his best game to date in the red and blue as the LaGrange native had 300 all-purpose yards, including 189 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns.
West Georgia had 386 yards of total offense, including 307 through the air. On the ground, the Wolves were led by Devontae Jackson, who rushed for 100 yards for a UWG record 14th time in his career. The Wolves had just 79 rushing yards as a team after accounting for sack yardage. Candler, who was pressured all day by a stout Statesmen defensive line, threw for 307 yards with two scores and only had three incompletions.
Defensively, the Wolves held the Statesmen to 251 yards of total offense. Senior Montrell Pardue was solid on Senior Day, collecting 12 tackles in his final regular-season game on Ra-Lin Field.
West Georgia struck first as Omar Cervantes kicked through a 20-yard field goal midway through the opening quarter. Delta State then scored 10 unanswered as Patrick Shegog connected with Tyler Harrell for an 18-yard score and then Taylor Crabtree kicked through a 33-yard field goal.
Trailing by a score, the Wolves then went to the air as Willie Candler hit LaPerion Perry who was wide alone and scampered in for the 63-yard score. The PAT, however, would fail and the Wolves trailed by one.
With 4:06 left in the half, Shegog called his own number, running in a six-yard score to stretch the DSU lead to 17-9. West Georgia responded with a quick drive that set up a 41-yard field goal from Cervantes that sent the teams to halftime with DSU leading 17-12.
Out of the break, Delta State drove all the way into the red zone, but the Wolves defense held strong, stopping the Statesmen on fourth and short at the 11. On the next play, Candler found LaPerion Perry for another long touchdown, this one for 89 yards to give the Wolves the lead early in the third quarter.
Later in the third, Cervantes hit his third field goal of the game, a 27-yarder this time, to make it a 22-17 game midway through the quarter.
Down the stretch, both DSU and UWG would miss field goals, and after a missed Cervantes goal with 2:43, the Statesmen took over with a chance for a long drive and the lead. On their first play, Shehog’s pass was intercepted by Raekwon Chatman who ran it back 49 yards for the touchdown to make the score 29-17 after the PAT.
The win kept the Wolves undefeated at 10-0, and 7-0 in Gulf South Conference play. The loss dropped the Statesmen to 1-8 overall and 1-6 in league play.
West Georgia is now set for a week 11 showdown with in-state rival Valdosta State that will be the Gulf South Conference Championship game. The Blazers entered this weekend undefeated and ranked second in the Region behind the Wolves. Kickoff next week from Valdosta is set for 7 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase at the UWG bookstore until Friday at 5 p.m.