CARROLLTON, Ga. - A 24-14 victory in Gaffney, SC on Saturday evening was one for the record books for UWG football, with head coach David Dean and redshirt freshman running back Chauncey Williams finding themselves among elite company with their performances.
For head coach David Dean, his 133rd game as a head coach turned out to be a win, the 100th of his career. Dean came to West Georgia in 2017 with 79 career victories as the head coach at Valdosta State, and he is now 21-6 since taking over the UWG program. He becomes the third coach, joining Bobby Wallace (UNA, UWA) and John Williams (Miss. College), to win 100 career games in the Gulf South Conference. Wallace won 152 games while Williams won 122.
A major catalyst for the UWG victory was running back Williams, who was playing in just his second collegiate game. The Norcross (Meadowcreek) native carried the ball 21 times in the win over Limestone, picking up 218 yards with no negative plays in the game. His longest run was a 92-yard scamper in the second quarter, finishing the run with his second touchdown of the game and he averaged 10.4 yards per carry.
To put Williams' performance in perspective, one needs to only take a short look at the UWG rushing record books. The 218-yard performance was tied for the fifth-most in a game in school history, tying with Stevie Young's 218-yard game against Mississippi College in 1985. It was the second 200-yard game for a UWG back int he past two seasons, as Devontae Jackson touched up West Florida for 224 yards last year. His 92-yard touchdown was the third-longest play from scrimmage in school history and just the fourth time that a West Georgia player has had an individual play of 90 yards or more.
Williams now has 264 yards rushing on the season and he leads the Gulf South Conference in two categories, averaging 132 yards per game and he has four rushing touchdowns. Senior Eric Swinney also had a solid night against Limestone, rushing nine times for 75 yards, and he is fifth in the GSC with 68.5 yards per game.
West Georgia will open the home schedule this Saturday at University Stadium, playing host to Albany State on Family & Friends Night at 7 p.m. Tickets are available through the UWG Athletics Online Ticket Portal. Fans may purchase reserved chairback seats for $20, general admission for $10, and group tickets are available for $5 (10 or more). UWG faculty, staff, and students are admitted free, with faculty and staff afforded the option to upgrade to a reserved chairback seat for $10.