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Dominating defense for Wildcats

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June 8, 2008

Albany -- When Wildcats head coach Derek Stingley tells his team, "Go get me the ball," he's not just looking for a creative way to talk about turnovers, he means it literally.

The South Georgia palyers are instructed to bring the ball to Stingley on the bench after every turnover.

The South Georgia defense had plenty of reasons to go see it coach in the 84-28 win over Daytona Beach Saturday night.

The Cats intercepted five passes in the game, with Pierre Lee, Corey Bailey, and Alvin Ray Jackson each returning a pick for a touchdown.

South Georgia also recovered three fumbles, and the eight turnovers-forced matches the league-high this season.

The most turnovers the Wildcats had created in a game this year before last night was three, and head coach Derek Stingley says by the end of the game, he had a lot of footballs.

"I tell them before every game, if we get a turnover, I want the ball in my hands," says Stingley.  "I need to have the ball, bring me the ball back. I don't know how many times I got the ball (Saturday) night, that I was taking it out of a players hands. It was just a good thing to know we had that many turnovers."

Wide Receiver P.J. Berry says, "We executed on every level we're supposed to execute. The defense played a great game.  An excellent game.  You couldn't ask for any more out of our defense. They got the stops, and we capitalized on the stops that they got."

The Wildcats host second-ranked Florida next week.

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