Williams moves into record books in UWA win
LIVINGSTON – The West Alabama football team ran its season-long win streak to three games with a 49-26 victory over Arkansas Tech at Tiger Stadium. In the win, senior quarterback Deon Williams became the school’s all-time leader in total offense with 349 yards in the contest.
The Tuscaloosa native threw for 330 yards and three scores along with 19 yards on the ground. In all, UWA (6-2, 4-1 Gulf South Conference) amassed 397 total yards while Tech (3-5, 2-4 GSC) tallied a season-high 442 yards. It marks just the second time the Tigers have been outgained this season.
The Tigers wasted no time getting on the scoreboard as UWA struck with a 62 yard pass from Williams to Gerald Worsham on the first play of the game. Worsham, a Birmingham, Ala. product, finished the night with a team-leading, five catches for 162 yards to go along with his lone score.
The Red and White abruptly ended Tech’s opening drive of the game as Lindsey Spinks hauled in his first interception of the season and returned it 82 yards to the 3 yard line. Williams pushed the ball across the goal line and following the Brock Sharp PAT, the Tigers stood atop 14-0.
Rico Keller and Roger Jackson hooked up for the first two Tech scores of the game. Keller found Jackson from nine yards, with 4:31 remaining in the first quarter, for the first score. The duo connected again, this time in the second quarter, from 32 yards out, but the Cody Jones’ PAT was missed – leaving the Wonder Boys trailing 14-13 at the half
The Red and White scored on its first possession after the half as Williams continued to toss the ball around the field – this time finding Antonio Hughes for a 46 yard TD.
The Tiger defense added two more scores in the fourth quarter. Brandon Walker scooped a Tech fumble and returned it 21 yards with 10 minutes to play for the second defensive TD on the night. D’Eric Jackson then picked off a Keller pass and returned it 44 yards.
Tech’s duo of Keller and Jackson reunited again, late in the final quarter, on an 11 yard pass – narrowing the deficit to 35-20.
Following an unsuccessful onside kick attempt by the Green and Gold, the Tiger offense marched 39 yards on seven plays as Williams tossed a late score to Hughes – 21 yards. Hughes second score in as many receptions on the night.
After Keller added a 10 yard rush, Tech’s final score of the game, Randy Lowery picked up onside kick attempt and raced it 38 yards for the final score of the game.
A trio of Tigers led the defensive unit in tackles as Gabe Poe, Vonzell Jackson and Lindsey Spinks each tallied seven stops in the game.
West Alabama returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 30 as UWA travels to Magnolia, Ark. to face Southern Arkansas. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. at Wilkins Stadium.