By: Andrew Parker
West Georgia welcomed Mississippi College to Carollton on Saturday for a high stakes match-up in the GSC conference.
The first quarter couldn’t have ended faster for the Wolves, as the team lost three fumbles that led to two touchdowns for Mississippi College. Mississippi outgained West Georgia 118 to 69 in total yards and dominated time of possession.
The sole bright spot in the first quarter came when redshirt freshman quarterback Garrett Bass dropped a beautiful 64-yard touchdown pass to John Hurst. Making his first career start, the Murray State transfer wanted to show that he could pick back up where injured starter Willie Candler left off.
Bass finished the first quarter 3-3 for 74 yards and a touchdown.
The second quarter was not as nice to the Wolves, as the offense struggled to find its groove, as each offensive drive stalled, failing to really get into striking distance.
Thomas Lester dropped a would-be touchdown that would have put the Wolves within seven, then West Georgia missed a field goal two plays later.
The Wolves came out firing to start the second half with an 8 play, 52 yard drive that only took 2 minutes and 25 seconds to complete. Bass was able to scramble out of trouble and find LaPerion Perry for a 14-yard score.
The offense did not stop rolling from there. Bass was later able to find John Hurst again to tie the game at 21. The reception was the second touchdown for the senior on the day.
Eric Swinney added onto the surge with a rushing score of his own that put the Wolves on top, and they never looked back. The Wolves defense forced punts on back to back drives to shut the door on Mississippi College.
Senior WR John Hurst was able to bring his third touchdown of the day to make the score 35-21. West Georgia took home the victory over Mississippi.
Thoughts Moving Forward for West Georgia:
Garrett Bass shined and will likely earn GSC Player of the Week after throwing four touchdowns and piling up 349 passing yards. John Hurst once again proved he is one of the best wide receivers Division II football has to offer after reeling in 3 scores of his own.
Chris Blackston once again stepped up and has proven to be a key anchor on the Wolves defense. He is all over the field and tackles anything in sight. This defense runs through him.
West Georgia goes on the road to face off against Delta State with playoff implications on the line.
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