May 14, 2006
Albany -- Four thousand, three-hundred and twenty-one people were in the Civic Center last night, less than half the buildings capacity.
But Monday morning a great many more will be claiming to have been there when the South Georgia Wildcats knocked off the defending league champion Memphis for their first win of the season.
The Cats are hoping this game is a sign of things to come.
The South Georgia Wildcats started strong against the defending champs, with running back James Harris scoring one of this three rushing touchdowns on the first series to give the Cats the lead.
They were up the entire half, and an eight minute drive culminating with a Julian Reese to Ray Jackson touchdown for a 27 to 14 lead just before the break officially brought the Wildcat offense back from the dead.
The Xplorers would come back, scoring three touchdowns on four plays to start the second half and take the lead.
Head coach Donnie Davis says, "Beginning of the third quarter they came out and gave us what they had. Scored three touchdowns on us. But the guys nver gave up or gave in."
"I told the guys in Arena it's a marathon, not a sprint" says Reese. "When a team stays together like we did, we can overcome stuff like that."
South Georgia overcame by making the plays down the stretch they hadn't been making all season, and winning their first game 48 to 41.
Jarvis Davis says, "It was a great win. It's feels good to come out here and beat the defending champs."
Coach Donnie Davis adds, "I think we finally showed what we can do, and it wasn't a fluke. It definately wasn't a fluke."
The player of the game Reese passed for three touchdowns and ran for another, and says he's glad to be a part of South Georgia.
"I like it here. It's my new home. God brought me here for a reason. It wasn't a good situation in Everett, and I'm happy to be here."
Jarvis Davis is looking for the win to be habit forming.
"Next game we have to come with the same intensity. Same thing. Focus everyday of the week. Play together as a team and we're going to bring it up."
The Wildcats will look to make it two in a row next week at Oklahoma City.