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Wildcats learn from loss

July 3, 2007

Albany -- The South Georgia Wildcats traveled all the way to New Hampshire, were booted from their hotel and had to stay in Boston because of overbooking from the Nextel Cup race, and in the blink of an eye, were down 21-points to Manchester Saturday night.

The Wildcats offense did show signs of life in the second half, putting 44 of their 57 points on the scoreboard.

Chavis McCollister leading the team with 10 receptions for 106-yards and five-touchdowns, but says the loss was frustrating, especially with the showdown at Florida coming up this week.

"We just came out sluggish," says McCollister. "Everybody came out sluggish, weren't ready to play, weren't focused, and it showed. It was just a bad game for us."

Head coach Derek Stingley says, "It was different. It was a different feeling for me, because this whole year, we've never played like that. We just didn't play well. Period. They know it was embarrassing, and I don't think they want to have another performance like that."

The first game back from the bye week did not go as planned for the South Georgia Wildcats, and with just four games left in the season, coach Stingley says his team has now learned a valuable lesson.

"We learned from it," says Stingley.  "We learned that coming off a bye we have to be a little more hungrier."

Defensive back Cory Bailey adds, "We had a good game plan, but they just came out and played a little bit harder than us, I felt. We just got to get that dog back in us, get that swagger back in us, and keep fighting."

The Wildcats travel to face Florida Saturday at 7:30pm.

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