September 9, 2007
Statesboro -- Former Valdosta State head coach Chris Hatcher got off to a great start in Statesboro with his new team, as Georgia Southern beat West Georgia 45-21 Saturday night.
Back at quarterback for the first time since his sophomore year, Senior Jayson Foster had a career day for GSU, rushing for 235 yards and three scores.
The Eagles fans were ready to get a look at the Hatch Attack for the first time, and the announced crowd of over 21-thousand is the eighth-largest in Paulson stadium history, and the most in three years.
The win for GSU in their opener snaps a five-game losing streak from last season, and coach Hatcher says starting off the year with a win is big for his new team.
"It's been a long time since Georgia Southern won a game," says Hatcher. "I think the last five they played in they came out on the wrong end of the score, so it's really good for our guys to get a taste of what it feels like to win again."
Defensive back Chris Covington adds, "It's really good to come out here and get a win, especially in front of a packed house. Everybody wants to know what the new era is going to be like. To come out here and get a victory is great."
Georgia Southern travels to Coastal Carolina next week, with the game kicking off at 7pm.