November 24, 2007
Valdosta -- The Valdosta State football team advanced to the third round of the Division II playoffs with a 55-29 win over Catawba Saturday.
VSU scored 42 points in the second half to turn a 16-13 deficit into a rout.
The Blazers ran for 285 yards in the game, led by Americus-native Michael Terry with 139 yards on 23 carries, 108 yards coming in the 2nd half.
Willie Copeland completed 16-of-29 passes for 171 yards, while Cedric Jones led the VSU receiving corps with five catches for 76 yards.
Copeland says the Indian players were making themselves known before kickoff.
"We were walking on the field for pregame, and they were calling us out, saying yada yada, and stuff like that," says Copeland. "When we came out in the first half, we were a little sluggish. When we came out in the second half, we were kind of reminded we don't want to go home. They came to our house, talking junk to us, so we just came out and executed better than we did in the first half."
Head coach David Dean says, "We were moving the ball very well. We got down in the red zone, we just couldn't score, and had to settle for field goals. We talked to them at the half and said we can't do that, we have to finish off drives. We can't settle for three points anymore, we have to go down and score touchdowns."
North Alabama beat Delta State 20-17, so the Blazers will host the Lions Saturday at 1pm in the quarterfinals in Valdosta.