April 19, 2008
Albany -- Mistakes on special teams put the South Georgia Wildcats in a deep hole Saturday night, but strong play by the defense allowed the Cats to claw back for a 55-48 win over Green Bay.
The Blizzard jumped out to a quick 17-0 lead in the 1st quarter, as Nate Green ran a field goal try back for a touchdown, and Anthony Crissinger-Hill recovered a fumble in the endzone on the ensuing kick-off.
Trailing 31-13 after the 1st, the Wildcats would fight back.
Andrico Hines connected with wide receiver Antwone Savage for a touchdown on the final play of first the half, sending South Georgia into the locker room down just 38-37.
The Cats were trailing by one with less than a minute to go in the game, but the Hines-to-Savage connection would strike again, scoring the go-ahead touchdown.
P.J. Berry found paydirt on the two-point conversion try, and the Wildcats were up by seven.
Green Bay would come up empty on its final drive, as defensive lineman Joe Woolridge sacked quarterback Shane Alder on the final play of the game.
South Georgia head coach Derek Stingley says credit for the comeback goes to the defense.
"They did it all," says Stingley, "from fumbles, to interceptions, to sacks. It was one of those games where I was really excited to be the coach of this team. Just to sit back and call the plays, and then become a fan in between the plays. It was an exciting thing to watch."
Hines finished with four passing touchdowns and one rushing score in his debut at quarterback.
Savage caught three of the TD passes, with Scott Cloman grabbing the other.
The Wildcats are now 3-1 on the season, and host rival Florida Saturday night at 7:30 pm.