UWA Tigers blanked by West GA

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, October 11, 2005

CARROLLTON, GA- The University of West Alabama Tiger football team (2-5, 0-5 GSC) managed only 112 yards of total offense and committed five turnovers en route to a 41-0 loss at West Georgia (4-3, 4-1 GSC) on Saturday afternoon.

The Tigers struggled from start to finish, as they could not stop the Braves offense, allowing 363 rushing yards and 63 yards through the air. Meanwhile, the Tigers struggled offensively, rushing for a dismal negative seven yards on 26 carries, while passing for 119 yards on 12 completions.

The Braves scored early and often, with their first strike coming on the result of a West Alabama fumble. Brandon Jamison recovered a fumble on the game’s opening snap and returned it 15 yards, putting the Braves on top 7-0, only 12 seconds into the contest.

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The Braves would then add an Adi Brkic 20-yard field goal in go up 13-0. After the team’s traded three-and-outs the Braves were forced to punt. The Tiger’s special teams would block the punt, but UWG’s Breon Ford recovered the block and scampered 80 yards for a touchdown midway through the opening quarter, increasing the lead to 17-0. A Javari Taylor 29-yard touchdown run with 0:47 left before halftime gave UWG a commanding 24-0 lead heading into the locker room.

The second half would be much of the same with the Braves scoring six minutes into the third quarter on a Taylor 43-yard touchdown run.

Another Brkic field goal and a Stan Rowe 11-yard touchdown run capped off the scoring for the Braves in the game.

Tigers managed just two possessions the entire game in which they held the ball for longer than two minutes and both of them came early in the first quarter. They only recorded three possessions for the game that lasted more than five plays. The Braves held the ball for 39:10, while the Tigers managed a time of possession of 20:50.

The Braves defense held the Tiger offense in check all afternoon. Jerin Wright led the ground game, rushing 10 times for 19 yards. Quarterback James Reiter completed 12-of-28 passes for 84 yards, while throwing two interceptions. Matt Patterson finished 4-of-9 for 35 yards and a pair of interceptions in a backup role for the Tigers.

Defensively, the Tigers were led by Demarcus Thornton who finished with 10 total tackles (eight solo and two assists) and one tackle for a loss. Lewis Thompson was right behind, recording eight total tackles (all solo) while also forcing a fumble. Josh Fatu recorded the lone interception by the Tiger defense, while Tim Kelley recorded the only quarterback sack.

Taylor, who ended the game with 118 yards rushing on 11 carries, led the Braves offensively, while Abe Felix rushed 15 times for 83 yards. Brett Yenser completed 6-of-13 passes for 33 yards, while Keats Baldwin completed 4-of-10 for 30 yards.

Kelvin Morris led the way for the Braves defensively, recording six total tackles (four solo and two assists), while also recording 1.5 sacks. John Perkins was right behind with five total tackles (four solo and one assist), while also recording 2.5 tackles for a loss. Rico Stevenson, Adam Carter, Ford and Rico Wood all recorded an interception on the afternoon for the Braves.

The Tigers return home next Saturday to Tiger Stadium and meet up with Valdosta State, with kickoff set for 1:00 p.m. All of the exciting action can be heard on WZNJ FM-106.5 (Demopolis).