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Wildcats reacquire home-town hero

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March 12, 2008

Albany -- The South Georgia Wildcats picked up a huge offensive weapon as they get set to embark on a new season, as Albany-native and former Cats wide receiver Antwone Savage is back with the team.

Savage played on the opposite side of the country the past two years, and is looking to bring a championship to his hometown.

Antwone Savage played in 15 games for the Wildcats in 2005, leading the team with 87 catches for over one-thousand yards and 22-touchdowns.

The receiver was a surprising training-camp cut by the Donnie Davis regime in 2006, and headed to Spokane to post all-pro numbers and win an AF2 championship with the Shockers.

Head coach Derek Stingley says, "We're extremely proud to have him aboard. Not just because he's from Albany, but because of what he's done in his career in the AF2."

"It feels good to be back at home with the Wildcats," says Savage. "I've been wanting to play here for a couple of years, but circumstances didn't allow me to do that. Now that I'm back at home, it feels good."

Even while across the country in Washington, Savage kept an eye on South Georgia.

"Actually, every week I'd check on the Wildcats," says Savage, "especially when coach Stingley got here, because I knew him from coaching in Macon, and I checked on them a lot last year."

The former Westover high school star has had a couple of looks in the AFL, most recently with the Georgia Force.

Savage says, "What I heard was, I had a great camp, but there was too many people, and they didn't have a spot for me at the time. They told me they might call back, but I'm not going to sit around and wait on it."

Savage didn't have to wait long. "I'd say it happened in about a days process," says Savage. "I signed a contract (with South Georgia) before I left for Atlanta, just in case things didn't work out."

Stingley says, "I've coached against him, I've always wanted the opportunity to coach him, this is my chance. He's excited, I'm excited, the team is excited. It's gonna be a good thing to have him out there running routes and catching passes for the city of Albany."

Savage says he's hoping to bring a championship to the Good Life City. "There'd be no better feeling," says Savage.  "I tell you, no better feeling, man."

Antwone Savage had 1,482 yards receiving and forty touchdowns for Spokane last year.

The Wildcats open the season March 29th at Tennessee Valley.

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