VALDOSTA — Valdosta State hosts in-state rival West Georgia as the two Gulf South Conference teams battle for the Super Region 2 crown. The Blazers enter the contest with a 10-2 record on the year and went 5-2 in GSC play while UWG is 11-2 overall and also went 5-2 in GSC play.
The game will feature a pair of teams that like to run the ball versus a pair of defenses that are stingy against the rush. West Georgia averages 241.7 rushing yards per game while Valdosta State averages 224.9 yards per game on the ground. Meanwhile, the Wolves allow 144.8 rushing yards per contest while VSU gives up 148.1 yards a game. Both teams are also adept at creating turnovers as the Blazers have tallied 30 turnovers on the season, including eight in their two playoff games, while UWG has created 32, six of which have come in postseason play.
Valdosta State currently scores 33.9 points per game. On the year, the Blazers feature a balanced offense as, along with the 224.9 yards per game rushing, they also pass for 236.1. Jake Medlock has completed 150 of his 216 passes for 1,803 yards and has run for 582 yards on the year. He has passed for 15 touchdowns and ran for seven more. Austin Scott leads the team with 900 rushing yards along with four scores and Cedric O’Neal has 810 rushing yards to go along with 11 scores. Chris Anderson leads the receivers with 61 receptions for 660 yards and has four touchdowns while Donovan Bolden has 43 catches for 516 yards and four scores as well.
In addition to the 148.1 rushing yards per game that the Blazer Black Swarm defense allows, VSU also gives up 228.8 passing yards a game. The Blazers have caused havoc for opposing offenses as they have recorded 70 tackles for loss on the year, including 22 sacks. Kenny Murphy has recorded a team-high 85 tackles, including 11.0 for loss, and has intercepted two passes, both in the playoffs. Duran Lowe is second on the squad with 80 tackles and has broken up three passes while Justin Williams has 79 tackles, including 10.0 for loss.
The game begins at 12:00 at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium.