June 3, 2007
Albany -- The South Georgia Wildcats picked up their seventh win of the season Saturday night, but it wasn't easy.
With the top team in the league coming in next week, the Cats struggled to a 46-44 win against 1-6 Corpus Christi, and no one on the South Georgia sideline is satisfied with the way they beat the Sharks.
The South Georgia Wildcats hung on for a two-point win against Corpus Christi, but for many of the Cats, the win felt like a loss.
Quarterback D. Bryant says, "We played a 1-7 team we knew had nothing to lose, and we kind of came out and played down to our competition."
Wide Receiver Scott Cloman adds, "We can't play like this. That was horrible."
The Wildcats turned the ball over five times in the game, the most this season, and watched a 22-point lead all but disappear in the final five minutes.
"We kept them in the game," says head coach Derek Stingley. "That team we were playing had nothing to lose. For them to come in here and beat us, that would have been somewhat like their championship."
The coach says a win would have made the Sharks season, and a loss by South Georgia could have been very damaging.
"There's no telling what it could have done to us," says Stingley. "Yeah, good that we got the win, but the way we won, I'm not happy with it at all."
The Wildcats host 8-0 Wilkes/Barre Scranton next week.
The Pioneers are in the top three in the league in both scoring offense and scoring defense, while South Georgia is ranked tenth in both categories.
Cloman says, "They're #1 for a reason. This team is undefeated."
Bryant adds, "Next week we know we got to come out an play better against the #1 team."
Coach Stingley says his team will need a much improved performance if they want knock off Wilkes/Barre next week.
"We can't make the mistakes we make tonight," says the coach. "If we make those mistakes, there's no way we're gonna come out with a victory, not against a team like Wilkes/Barre."
The Wildcats host the top-ranked and undefeated Pioneers next week at 7:30 pm.