CARROLLTON, Ga. - The rubber meets the road this Saturday in Melbourne, Fla., as the West Georgia Wolves take their longest road trip of the season with the playoffs on the line. The Wolves will meet Florida Tech in Panther Stadium Saturday, beginning at 1 p.m.
The West Georgia Wolves return to the road for the fourth and time of the 2017 regular season with the path to the playoffs squarely in front of them. UWG was ranked fourth in the most recent South Region Poll, giving the Wolves a chance at hosting in the first round of the playoffs. But before any playoffs can happen, West Georgia must get past a team that has hung a loss on the UWG schedule in each of the past two seasons, as the Wolves head to Melbourne, Fla. to take on the Florida Tech Panthers Saturday.
The Wolves hosted Shorter in Carrollton this past Thursday night, allowing a total of just over 230 yards of offense en route to a 42-6 victory over the Hawks. Florida Tech was on the road at Valdosta State, falling 42-14 to the Blazers on Saturday evening.
West Georgia is coached by Gulf South Conference veteran David Dean, who is in his first season at the helm of the UWG program. This is his 10th season as a head coach, as he spent nine years at Valdosta State until the 2015 season. Dean is 7-2 at West Georgia and has a record of 86-29 overall as a head coach and is 3-0 against FIT. Steve Englehart is the head coach of Florida Tech, and is in his fifth year in Melbourne with a record of 31-23 at the helm of the program.
DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS
The West Georgia Wolves are playing championship-caliber football this year, especially on the defensive side of the ball. UWG has allowed just six points in the past two weeks, including a shutout victory over Mississippi College two weeks ago. In that game, the Wolves allowed just 93 yards, and have allowed less than 350 total in the past two weeks combined. Against Shorter, the one score came on a two-play drive that began at the West Georgia one yard line after a mishandled punt gave the ball to the Hawks on the doorstep of the goal line.
CANDLER IN THE SPOTLIGHT
With the spotlight on running Devontae Jackson for the bulk of the second half of the 2017 season, sophomore quarterback Willie Candler is quietly putting together a historical season for the Wolves. He has already moved into seventh place all-time in touchdown passes with 29, and has 19 touchdown tosses on the year. He is also 205 yards away from becoming the eighth quarterback in school history with 3,000 career passing yards. Against Shorter, he was 12-for-19 for 246 yards and four touchdowns.