After an eventful week of homecoming activities on campus and a parade throughout downtown Livingston, our Tigers gave West Alabama the perfect ending for homecoming week. UWA added another GSC win, with a record of 4-0.
Wide receivers Chad Toocheck and Seth Roberts gave UWA their first few points thanks to Quarterback Caldwell.
“We won this game Monday through Friday at practice,” Caldwell said. “I knew I needed to have a great week for us to bounce back and the guys around me made it easy for me to have a decent night.”
Before halftime, McNeal was down due to an leg injury, but came back out onto the field recording another interception, forcing the Wolves to settle with no points on the score board at the half.
Quarterbacks Johnston and Caldwell gave UWA two more touchdowns a little into the third quarter with a run from Johnston and a successful fifteen yard pass from Caldwell to wide receiver Seth Roberts in the end zone.
The Wolves finally found the end zone towards the end of the third quarter after an eleven yard pass from West Georgia Quarterback Dickey to Burum. Shortly after McNeal capped another interception, where Caldwell followed with a thirty six yard run into the end zone. Unfortunately, Caldwell and the Tigers were called back to the line to go again, which still ended with a touchdown for UWA from sophomore Javae Swindle, who recorded a total of one hundred and thirty rushing yards.
Johnston improved his touchdown record after adding his twenty fourth and twenty fifth in the second and third quarter.
Kicker Mark Grant kicked a thirty two yard field goal making the final score of the game 45-14.
After the game Toocheck gave credit where credit was deserved “We had a good week of practice and it showed in the game. Always feels good to score out offensive line was dominating and Kyle played a great game!”
Caldwell and Grant’s hard work during the game against West Georgia didn’t go unnoticed after they both received player of the week in the Gulf South Conference. Caldwell was named offensive player for the second time for his total of three hundred and twenty one yards, completing fourteen out of nineteen passes and capping three touchdowns. Caldwell’s success and total of forty three touchdowns bumped him up to second for the Tiger’s all-time touchdown list.
Grant was recognized at special team’s player after his thirty two yard field goal and his record of being six for six with his PATs against the Wolves. Grant kicked two touchbacks and recorded a total of four hundred and forty eight yards in eight kick offs.
“I was pleased by the way we played in the first half, scoring the first three time we had the football and playing lights out on defense,” UWA head coach Will Hall said. “We really played well and got up big by getting back to playing Tiger football.”
The Tigers will travel to their rival’s field and take on UNA this Saturday, with kick off at 3 p.m.