Braves keep pace in GSC with win in Arkadelphia

Carrollton, Ga. – October 22, 2005 – The stat sheet for Saturday’s game with Henderson State didn’t read like a normal UWG win, as the Braves rushed for less than 200 yards for just the fourth time this season. But those stats didn’t matter as West Georgia walked out of Carpenter-Haygood Stadium with a 38-12 win.

The game started out in strange fashion, as the Braves opened the game with a first down and then were forced to punt. On Jeff Carpenter’s punt, Henderson’s Drew Hill fumbled the kick and UWG linebacker Chris Mitchem recovered at the HSU 14. Two plays later, Abe Felix scampered to the endzone for the first of his three rushing touchdowns on the afternoon.

At that point, the West Georgia defense took the field and dominated, allowing just 87 yards in the first half while the offense built a 17-0 lead before halftime. The Braves’ other two scores were on a 38-yard field goal from Adi Brkic and a 43-yard screen pass from Brett Yenser to Felix.

Felix’s four touchdowns on the afternoon were good for a West Georgia record for scoring in a game.

The defense was stellar again, allowing just 51 yards rushing in 37 attempts while holding down a very potent HSU passing attack. Special teams also played a huge role in the win, as the Braves blocked a punt and a field goal in the first half.

West Georgia is now 6-3 on the year and 6-1 in the Gulf South Conference. The Braves face North Alabama next Saturday night in Carrollton in the seniors’ final home contest.

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