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Blazers reclaim Peach Basket

November 9, 2006

Carrollton - Valdosta State quarterback Willie Copeland threw three touchdown passes and the Blazers defense intercepted three West Georgia passes in the Blazers 38-13 win over West Georgia.

The win gives Valdosta State an 8-2 record this season but the Blazers will have to wait until Sunday to see if they make the NCAA Division II playoffs.

Valdosta State is currently sitting in the sixth and final spot in the southeast region.

However, SIAC champion Albany State is eighth and by rule would move into that sixth spot since they are in the top ten and the highest ranked team from their conference.

Valdosta State beat Albany State 20-16 in the second week of the season.

The Blazers hope their road win tonight will convince the selection committee they are deserving of a bid.

Willie Copeland started the scoring with a 39 yard touchdown pass to Jeffrey Felton.

A Blazer pass interception on West Georgia's ensuing drive led to a Roshown Robinson two year touchdown run and a 14-0 lead.

In the second quarter, Copeland threw the first of two touchdown passes to Cedric Jones to give the Blazers a 21-0 halftime lead.

Valdosta State built on that lead in the second quarter with Cedric Jones taking a swing pass from Copeland 33 yards for the Blazers fourth touchdown of the night and a commanding 31-0 lead.

But a blocked punt and two James Kinnebrew touchdown runs had the Wolves back in the game.

Sherard Reynolds interception and 61 yard return for a touchdown ended the West Georgia comeback and sealed the Blazers sixth win over the Wolves in the last seven meetings.

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