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Valdosta State trounces Edward Waters

Courtesy of VSU Athletics:

Valdosta State scored a school-record tying 70 points as the Blazers defeated Edward Waters 70-6 in non-conference football action at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium Saturday afternoon.

 The Tigers (0-10) opened the scoring in the first quarter after a 54-yard fumble return gave them the ball on the VSU 30. Javari Liggins gained 12 yards on first down before two more runs moved the ball to the VSU 12. A pass from Brandon Turman to Jonathan Johnson moved the ball to the Blazer four and three plays later Turman hooked up with Covin to post EWC to a 6-0 lead.

 Valdosta State (6-4) quickly struck back as it needed just four plays to find the end zone. After a fumble on first down, Kellen Lewis rushed for seven yards before hooking up with Gerald Ford for a 13-yard completion. On the next play, Lewis hit Isaiah Jupiter on a deep pass. The sophomore receiver broke a tackle and scored to put VSU up 7-6.

 After a punt, VSU took the lead when Michael Brown scored from a yard out while an Eric Sledge one-yard touchdown run with 12:28 to go in the second quarter made it 21-6.

 Lewis capped off a three-play drive on Valdosta State’s next possession with a six-yard scoring run while Brown pushed the Valdosta State lead to 35-6 with a 15-yard touchdown run on the Blazers’ sixth drive of the game, a play that came after  a 44-yard run by Lewis.

 Lewis hooked up with R.J. Bastone from 11 yards out with 54 seconds to go before the intermission to push the Blazer lead to 42-6.

 David Arnold scored on a 36-yard on Valdosta State’s first possession of the second half while Sledge, who had never scored prior to the game, added his second rushing touchdown, again on a one-yard run, with 2:20 to go in the third quarter.

 A Russ Callaway-to-Jackson Dean 16-yard completion pushed the VSU lead to 63-6 with 11:21 remaining in the game while Sledge scored on his third one-yard touchdown run three minutes later to finish out the scoring.

 Valdosta State tallied 536 yards of total offense in the game, including 265 on the ground and 271 through the air, while holding Edward Waters to just 163 total yards. The Blazer defense forced four turnovers in the game as Demetrius Bozeman, Demarcus Flanagan and Carlos Anderson all recorded interceptions while Justin Curry registered a fumble recovery.

 Lewis completed 18-of-22 passes for 217 yards and two touchdowns while also carrying the ball nine times for 100 yards and a score. Sledge added 19 yards on six carries to go with his three touchdowns while Dean finished with a team –high five catches for 67 yards. Flanagan finished with a team-best 12 tackles in the contest, including  sack and 1.5 tackles for loss.

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