June 10, 2007
Albany -- In a match-up of the top-two teams in AF2, the game delivered a top-notch performance, with nothing decided until the final minute of play.
The Wildcats lost on their home field for the first time all season Saturday night, but the Cats say there's a lot they can learn from the loss against Wilkes/Barre-Scranton.
The second-largest crowd of the season was on hand to watch #2 South Georgia take on the top-ranked Pioneers, with the teams combining to score 132 points in the game.
Wide receiver Chavis McCollister set a league record with 308 yards receiving on 16 catches, and says, "We were just trying to rely on the offense to keep scoring, and have the defense get one stop. We knew it was going to be a shootout, and just match them score for score."
The Wildcats defense got its first stop of the game in the 4th quarter, holding Wilkes/Barre on 4th down, and had a chance to take the lead, but the Pioneers got the ball right back after a controversial Chavis McCollister fumble.
McCollister says, "They got a fumble on one play, and then a interception on another one. We didn't execute like we should."
Head coach Derek Stingley says, "The 4th quarter just wasn't our quarter. We turned the ball over. We couldn't get the offense moving. It's a credit to their defense, because they did some things to stop us, but it was a back and forth game."
The Wildcats scored just eight points in the final quarter, after McCollister hauled in his eighth TD pass with under a minute to go.
South Georgia had eleven penalties in the game, and head coach Derek Stingley says the mistakes were very costly.
"The difference was turnovers, and if we could get off the field on 4th down," says the coach. "We had them in a lot of 4th down situations, and had some penalties go against us. If we don't get those penalties, who's to say what the outcome could be right now?"
The Wildcats say they're looking to learn from the loss.
"We'll just let that game be in the past, and work on the rest of the season," says McCollister.
Stingley adds, "We just got to look at film, rebound, learn from this, and hopefully come back with a win next week against Tennessee Valley."
Linebacker Jason Null is ready to vent his frustration on the Vipers.
"Oh, we're going to destroy them," says Null. "Gonna take it out on them. Got to."
The Wildcats are now on the road for three straight games, beginning next week at division rival Tennessee Valley.
South Georgia won't play at home again until July 14th.