November 8, 2007
Valdosta - The Valdosta State football team finished the regular season with a 35-10 win over rival West Georgia Thursday night.
It was a costly win.
Senior quarterback Willie Copeland sustained a rib injury on a six-yard touchdown run in the second quarter and did not return to the game.
Head coach David Dean said after the game that Copeland was in a lot of pain and x-rays on his injured ribs will likely be taken on Friday.
The good news for Valdosta State is their win over the Wolves should keep them at the top of the NCAA Division II Southeast Region rankings which would give them a first round bye.
The Blazers got on the scoreboard early in the first quarter on a touchdown pass from Willie Coepland to Jeffrey Felton.
The Wolves tied the game with a Ryan Poole touchdown pass to Patrick Higgins in the second quarter.
Copeland's touchdown run put the Blazers back in front and VSU lead 14-10 with a West Georgia field goal at the end of the first half.
The Blazers started the second half with back-up quarterback Tucker Pruitt under center.
But it was former Dougherty High quarterback Ronnye Nelson who ignited the Blazers with a 54-yard touchdown run on their opening possesion of the second half.
Eric Williams then blocked a West Georgia punt and Maurice Leggett recovered for another touchdown that gave the Blazers some breathing room at 28-10.
Cedric Jones put the game away by catching a swing pass from Pruitt and going 65 yards for the final touchdown.
The Blazers (9-1, 7-1) were ranked number one in the Southeast region going into this game and will find out their seeding and playoff bracket on Sunday.