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Wildcats looking to play better than O.K.

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By Mike Shiers - bio | email

July 11, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The South Georgia Wildcats will play their last home game of the regular season Saturday night, as the Cats host Oklahoma City.

The Yard Dawgz come into the match-up with a record of just 4-9, but have won 2 of their past 3 games.

The Oklahoma City defense will look very familiar to South Georgia head coach Derek Stingley, as the coach played under the Dawgz defensive coordinator Stan Davis while with the Chicago Rush of the AFL in 2001.

Stingley says he may not remember all the signals, but the defense looks the same.

"He disguises so many things," says Stingley. "It's real tough to get a peg on what they're trying to do. Hopefully we can create some big plays for ourselves, or just ball control, and just move down the field and get ourselves in the endzone."

The Wildcats have a chance to clinch a spot in the AF2 with a win.

Oklahoma City has the worst scoring defense in the league, giving up an average of over 57 points per game, but did score 74 points in a win against Lubbock last week.

A four-game winning streak has propelled the Wildcats into a tie for first place in the division, though Florida currently owns the tie-breaker between the two teams.

Even though South Georgia has been playing its best football over the past month, the Wildcats players say they're not going to underestimate the Yard Dawgz.

Wide receiver Buchie Ibeh says, "On paper, record-wise, not too good. But I personally know a couple of guys they just signed, I know the coaching staff. They're definitely a team you have to look out for. They bit a couple of people in the behind, recently."

Quarterback Andrico Hines adds, "We have so much confidence now, we expect to win. I think that's the big thing from earlier in the year to now. It was, 'How are we going to win?' Now we just expect to win."

The Wildcats and Yard Dawgz kick off Saturday at 7:30 pm.

It's a "White Out" in the Civic Center, so remember to wear something white.

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