CARROLLTON, Ga. - For the second-straight week to open the 2017 season, the West Georgia Wolves will play in the friendly confines of University Stadium, this week inviting the Miles Golden Bears to Ra-Lin Field for the seventh-straight meeting in the series.
Following a solid start to the 2017 season on August 31, the Wolves now turn their attention to another Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference foe, as the Miles Golden Bears come to town on Saturday evening. The rivalry between the Wolves and Golden Bears now stretches to a seventh-straight season, as the two teams have met in each year since 2011. West Georgia has won five of the six meetings, including last year in Fairfield, Ala., where the Wolves won handily by a score of 29-0.
THIS WEEK’S GAME
The West Georgia Wolves come into Saturday’s contest riding high after a 34-9 victory over Fort Valley State in the 2017 opener on August 31. The win caught the eye of the American Football Coaches Association, as the Wolves earned a top-25 ranking for the first time since early in the 2015 season, checking in at 25th this week. Miles started the season 0-1 last week, falling at the hands of Division I Alcorn State in their season opener. The Golden Bears fell behind 24-7 in the opening half and never recovered in th second half, losing 50-21 on the road.
GARDENHIRE WINS GSC WEEKLY AWARD
Following a solid week one performance, defensive end Deandre Gardenhire became the fourth member of the 2017 roster to win a Gulf South Conference Freshman of the Week award. The Kingsland, Ga. native had six tackles in his UWG debut, leading the Wolves on the defensive side of the ball. He had three solo tackles and three assists, and had his first tackle for a loss in the win over Fort Valley State.
RUNNING BACKS OPEN STRONG IN 2017
Senior Travis Custis and junior Devontae Jackson had a solid start to the 2017 season last Thursday, as the pair combined for 185 yards on 22 carries with two touchdowns against Fort Valley State. Custis had 95 yards and two scores while Jackson had 90 yards and moved into the top-10 among all-time running backs at West Georgia. Their efforts powered the Wolves to more than 300 yards rushing on the night.
DEFENSE OPENS ALLOWING VERY LITTLE Since Scott Symons came to West Georgia in 2014, the UWG defense has routinely been among the best in the nation. Things haven’t changed on that front for the Wolves, as Symons’ defense allowed just 227 yards against FVSU on Thursday, including a paltry 88 yards in the first half. The most times in a season that UWG allowed less than 300 yards was 2015, when the Wolves allowed less than 300 in 10 of 14 contests.