May 28, 2005
Albany - The South Georgia Wildcats pitched a rare shutout in the first half against Rio Grande Valley Saturday night and even scored two points with a safety.
The problem for the Wildcats is that the offense could only score two touchdowns in the first two periods.
Only down 16 points at halftime, the visiting Dorados got their offense rolling in the second half with five touchdowns in a 39-37 win over the Wild cast (2-6).
It didn't appear that the Wildcats were going to have any problems on offense in the first half.
Quarterback Bobby Pesavento, who did start with a broken index finger on his right hand, connected with newly signed Kevin Beard on the second play from scrimmage for the Wildcats first touchdown.
Pesavento then tossed his second touchdown pass of the game to Matt Burstein in the second quarter.
But Pesavento also threw two interceptions with the second leading to the Dorados first touchdown of the game in the third quarter.
The Dorados scored three straight times to take a 23-16 lead.
The two teams swapped touchdowns before Rio Grande recovered a fumbled kickoff and converted a field goal to take a 39-29 lead late in the fourth quarter.
Bobby Pesavento's touchdown pass to Chris McKinney plus a two point conversion pulled the Wildcats to within two points with less than a minute to play.
The Wildcats recovered the ensuing onside kick and after a couple of incomplete passes tried for a game winning field goal.
Wes Virgilio's effort from 49 yards was not even close as the Dorados celebrated an improbable comeback on the road that runs their winning streak to four games.
South Georgia travels to Amarillo next weekend.