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Tough Finale

July 30, 2006

Albany -- The 2006 season came to an end for the South Georgia Wildcats, with a 46-40 loss to conference champ Florida.

It marks the seventh time this year the Cats have lost by eight points or less.

The South Georgia ownership group meeting Sunday morning and deciding no changes would be made at this time, but they will continue to evaluate the team throughout the offseason.

The Wildcats players say Saturday's season finale was a tough way to finish.

South Georgia was leading 26-20 with six seconds left in the half, before allowing the Firecats to take the lead as time expired.

The Wildcats would not lead again.

"A couple of plays here and there," says Quarterback Julian Reese, "and coming out of halftime, you gotta be juiced up. They didn't stop us. We stopped ourselves. It was just little mistakes here and there."

Offensive specialist Chris McKinney says, "It was a close game, we played real hard. I think early we made too many mistakes, but we came back in the end to make it a good game."

Coach Donnie Davis says his team played well against a championship contender despite missing some key players.

"I think everyone across the board did well," says Davis. "We had some injuries and had to move people around, but the guys played hard."

Davis says the game had a very familiar feel.

"It's a synopsis of the whole season. They (the players) put it on the line. Had a couple of ups and downs, and gave us a chance to win it in the end."

Reese adds, "We had a sense of urgency, and just came up with the short end of the stick today."

The end of the season could also spell the beginning of players moving on to the next level.

"I can't say what's going to happen right now," says Reese.

"It's up to God. I'll just let him take care of me where ever he leads me to."

McKinney adds, "All the games are over for us. I wish we had more. No playoffs this year. But the team worked very hard, and it's going to be hard leaving."

The Wildcats have posted back-to-back 3-13 records their first two years in South Georgia.

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