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Showdown time in Arkansas

September 24, 2003

 Valdosta- The game of the week in division II football will take place in Magnolia Arkansas Saturday night where 2nd ranked Valdosta State travels to play 9th ranked Southern Arkansas.

Valdosta State head coach Chris Hatcher says the Muleriders are already calling this week's game the biggest in their school's history.

The Blazers regular season winning streak in now at 30 after last week's 28-17 win at Delta State.

In that win, Valdosta State's Black Swarm defense held Delta State to just 11 yards rushing but gave up almost 400 yards passing.

 In fact, Delta State's quarterback was the offensive player of the week in the Gulf South Conference.

Southern Arkansas runs the wishbone but the Muleriders can move the football through the air with quarterback Ted Williaims, who threw for 285 yards last year against Valdosta State, and all-American receiver Nik Lewis. 

Chris Hatcher says all of that offensive firepower that Southern Arkansas has makes it importnat for the Blazers' offensive unit to play at their best.

Chris Hatcher said "We have to got to be more consistent on offense. Right now we are moving the ball well at times but then we do something crazy and we will stall. So we have got to be more consistent there."

 Valdosta State has won its last three games with Southern Arkansas but two of those three wins have been decided by three points or less.

Saturday night's game is the first between these two teams in Magnolia, Arkansas since VSU's 29-28 win in 2000.

Chris Hatcher says all of that offensive firepower that Southern Arkansas has makes it important that for the Blazers offense to play at their best.

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