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Wildcats want to avoid letdown versus Daytona

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By Mike Shiers - bio | email

June 28, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The South Georgia Wildcats are starting to play their best football of the season at just the right time, as the Cats have spent the past two weeks knocking off the teams ranked 1st and 2nd in AF2.

South Georgia is now on a three-game winning streak for the first time this year.

The team they beat to start the streak will once again be their opponent Sunday, as the Wildcats travel to Daytona Beach to face the ThunderBirds.

The last time the teams met, it looked less like an arena game and more like an football clinic, as the Wildcats came away with an 84-28 win.

Quarterback Andrico Hines threw seven touchdown passes in the contest, and the defense forced seven turnovers.

Daytona is just 2-10 in its first season, but the Wildcats won't be looking past them, especially after the way they won last time.

Wide receiver Buchie Ibeh says, "I know they got some bad blood in their mouth, after losing that way. We go down to their house, and they're going to come out fighting, and scratching, and clawing, and that stuff, but we're not going to get away from who we are. We're going to try and do it again. We don't look at anybody like they're cupcakes. Everybody's men like we're men. Put on their equipment how we put on our equipment, and everybody gets paid."

Defensive back Cory Bailey adds, "We're looking forward to another big night on defense. We just want to play well on offense, play well on defense. As a defense we want to, if not build on what we did last time with Daytona, then make it better."

Sunday will mark the third time the teams have met this season, with the Wildcats winning the first two.

While the last game was a 56-point blowout, the ThunderBirds did keep it close in the first one at Daytona.

South Georgia only has four games left in the regular season, and Wildcats receiver Buchie Ibeh says they're looking to finish strong.

"We're not going to get away from who we are," says Ibeh. "We have our idenity, we're going to stick to our guns. Whoever they place in front of us, whoever we play on any given Saturday or Sunday, we're just going to play Wildcat football."

Both Florida and Tennessee Valley have lost this week, meaning a win by South Georgia Sunday moves them into first place in the division.

The Wildcats and ThunderBirds kick off at 3pm in Daytona.

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