Braves come up just short in Russellville

Russellville, AR – October 1, 2005 – The mistakes were gone for Saturday afternoon’s game against Arkansas Tech, but it wasn’t enough to beat the homestanding Wonderboys, as #10 ATU beat the Braves 14-9.

One of the biggest things that had kept teams in the game over the Braves’ three-game winning streak was turnovers. The Braves corrected that against ATU, losing no fumbles and throwing no interceptions.

In fact, West Georgia came out rather strong early, shutting down the Arkansas Tech offense in building an early 9-0 advantage.

The Braves struck first on the afternoon on a 54-yard field goal from Adi Brkic in the first quarter. The freshman from Lawrenceville set a new West Georgia record with the kick, eclipsing Wes Wilson’s record of 51, set on October 6, 2001.

The Braves defense struck several possessions later as Rico Stevenson intercepted Jason Campbell’s pass at the West Georgia 42 and returned it 39 yards to the ATU 19. Four plays later, Abe Felix plunged in from three yards out for the 9-0 lead.

But the Wonderboys would not be held down, as Campbell threw two touchdown passes to Mark Campbell on the next two ATU possessions to close out the scoring for the day before halftime.

After the half, neither team could budge against the opposing defense, and the Braves left the stadium on the short end of a 14-9 score.

West Georgia’s rush defense was outstanding on the day, allowing just 27 yards on 25 carries on the afternoon.

The Braves fall to 3-3 on the season and 2-1 in GSC play while the Wonderboys move into sole possession of first place in the conference with a perfect 5-0, 3-0 record.

West Georgia returns home next weekend for Homecoming against West Alabama at 2 p.m.

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