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Rams and Blazers continue to prepare for Saturday's showdown

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The rivalry between Albany State and Valdosta State has been one sided over the last 20 years.

That is something the Rams want to change on Saturday.

 

Albany State's one and only win against the Blazers came seven years ago.

That is when quarterback Uyl Joyner led the Rams to a 24-22 victory over Valdosta State in the second ever game played in the ASU Coliseum.

Joyner of course is now the Albany State offensive coordinator.

Quarterback Stanley Jennings says Joyner's passion to beat the Blazers this week is carrying over to the Rams offense.

Stanley Jennings said. "The last time we beat them, the offensive coordinator was the one that beat them. We are really doing it for him because he is more excited right now than us. We are ready to match his intensity."

Valdosta State head coach David Dean says in big games like Saturday's, special teams is usually the difference.

That was the case last week when Moultrie's Quin Roberson returned a Newberry punt 81 yards for a Blazer touchdown in a seven point VSU win.

The Blazers also have two of the best kickers in the Gulf South Conference in Jack Fulford and Daniel Andersen.

Coach Dean says special teams don't always have to score points to make an impact on a game.

David Dean said. "Hopefully we are going to be able to make some of those and turn field position. When our offense struggles, we rely on our special teams to make big plays. When our defense struggles, we rely on our special teams to make big plays."

 Valdosta State and Albany State start at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday at the ASU Coliseum.

 

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