CARROLLTON, Ga. - Gulf South Conference play begins on Saturday evening for the West Georgia Wolves in Melbourne, Fla., as the Wolves take on the Florida Tech Panthers. Kickoff for the matchup is set for 7:00 p.m.
West Georgia head coach David Dean reached a major milestone in the win over Limestone two weeks ago, becoming just the third coach in Gulf South Conference history with 100 victories. He has a career record of 100-34 entering Saturday’s game at Florida Tech and in three years at West Georgia, Dean has a record of 21-7.
Week three of the 2019 season saw the West Georgia home opener spoiled by an upstart Albany State squad. The Golden Rams held UWG to just 50 yards rushing and Willie Candler threw for 300 yards as the Wolves lost 26-14. Florida Tech also lost their first game of the season this past week, falling 30-28 at Delta State.
Candler was 24-for-37 for 300 yards through the air last weekend against Albany State, marking the second time in his career that Candler has thrown for 300 yards. The first came in 2018 at home against Limestone.
The Wolves and the Panthers have met six times in the history of the series, with the first meeting coming in 2013, Florida Tech’s first full varsity season of football. West Georgia holds a 4-2 lead in the series and has won the last two meetings.
When the Wolves were last in Melbourne, the game ended in crazy fashion, as Jakyron Young intercepted a Mark Cato pass with 24 seconds remaining in the contest. Young returned the pick 48 yards for the touchdown, capping a 17-point fourth-quarter rally that ended with the Wolves on the top end of a 20-13 score.
West Georgia has 52 victories in the past five seasons, the most successful run of that span in school history.
Last year saw the Wolves and Panthers go down to the wire again, as West Georgia scored 17 unanswered points in the second half to take a 30-21 victory. Emoni Williams took a Candler pass around the left side and in for the score to seal the win with 1:47 left in the game.
Saturday’s game will be broadcast live on KISS 102.7 in the Carrollton area. This will continue Mitch Gray’s 39th season in the broadcast booth as the Voice of the Wolves. Outside of the Carrollton area, fans may listen to the game online through the Listen Live links on the Gradick Communications portal.
The Wolves have outscored opponents by a 75-49 count through the first three games of the season. West Georgia is averaging 25.0 points per game in that span while giving up just 16.3 points per game.
West Georgia is a road warrior team early in the 2019 season, and Saturday will mark the third road game for the Wolves thus far on the year. The first two were on the road before last week’s home opener. For the remainder of the season, the Wolves will not play back-to-back games on the road or at home, alternating road and home games over the remaining eight games of the year. Four of the final nine games are slated to be under the lights.