After the win against Shorter University this past Saturday, the Tigers hold a 5-1 GSC record and a share of the 2013 GSC title. At the moment, the Tigers share the title with our rival UNA.
The Tigers battled Shorter in the first half, but the second half was a West Alabama game only. Shorter scored a total of 17 points in the game, none of them being put up in the second half.
Shorter was the first to find the end zone only five minutes into the game, but Caldwell found Seth Roberts three minutes later with a forty-eight yard pass into the end zone. West Alabama continued to own the first quarter with a forty-three yard run by Javae Swindle and a thirty-eight yard pass to wide receiver Chad Toocheck-giving UWA a 21-7 lead at the end of first quarter.
“We wanted to get some more yards in the air tonight and had been planning that all week,” Caldwell said. “We knew they couldn’t guard Chad (Toocheck) and Seth (Roberts), that it was a mismatch on the corners.”
In the top of the second quarter, Shorter added another touchdown and a forty-eight yard field goal-making the score 21-17. After a sixty-four yard run by Swindle, quarterback Gary Johnston gave UWA a 28-17 lead after a two yard run into the end zone. Caldwell and Toocheck ended the first half with another touchdown making the halftime score a 35-17 lead for the Tigers.
Swindle came out after the half and capped a two yard touchdown for the Tigers. After a recovered fumble from Shorter, Caldwell ran in nineteen yards to give UWA a 49-17 lead. Swindle found the end zone for the third time with a fourteen yard run-which was followed by Quarterback Johnston’s four yard touchdown making the final score 63-17.
“After last year we wanted to show everyone that this program is not just a flash in the pan and to win two conference championships in a row helps prove that,” UWA head coach Will Hall said. “This was a big win for our university and our fans.”
Only two men hold the record of running over 1,000 yards in one season and after tonight’s game, Javae Swindle made West Alabama history and has become the third; holding a total of 1,016 yards for this year’s season.
“I’m feeling like I have my mojo back, like the offensive line and I are on the same page,” Swindle said. “It’s a great feeling. I don’t really know how to explain it.”
Sophomore kicker Mark Grant was seven for seven with his PATs.
UWA’s regular season has come to an end and playoffs are right around the corner. Be sure to pack the stands Saturday for the Central State game at Tiger Stadium which begins at 6 p.m.