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Wildcats escape Pirate's den with an important road win

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July 19, 2008

Peoria, Il.-  South Georgia Wildcats fans can do something they have never done before. 

Buy tickets for a home playoff game.

The Wildcats took advantage of two late Peoria turnovers to beat the upset minded Pirates 54-40 at the Peoria Civic Center Saturday night.

The win combined with Lexington's loss to Iowa City will clinch no worse than the fourth playoff seed from the American Conference for the 11-4 Wildcats.

South Georgia can finish with the second seed and South division title by beating Tennessee Valley next week in Huntsville.

The regular season finale next Saturday will decide the AF2 South title after the Vipers beat Florida Saturday night.

The game got off to a bizarre start with the Wildcats benching starting quarterback Andrico Hines in the first quarter.

Hines threw for a touchdown and ran for another in the second period and the Wildcats led 21-12 at halftime.

The Pirates came fighting back and tied the game 33-33 midway through the fourth quarter.

South Georgia answered with Hines throwing a touchdown pass to Buchie Ibeh.

The Wildcats recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff and Hines hit Scott Cloman for a touchdown to boost the lead to 14 points.

Pierre Lee's interception set up Hines touchdown to pass to Antwone Savage to put the game away.

The Pirates scored a late touchdown to make the final margin 54-40.

South Georgia has won six straight and closes out the regular season at 8:30pm next Saturday in Huntsville, Alabama against the Tennessee Valley Vipers with the winner claiming the AF2 South title.