Saturday, September 18, 2010

DSU holds off Valdosta State 27-23

DSU Media Relations

VALDOSTA, Ga. – They didn’t dominate the stat sheet on Saturday, but on fourth and one with 30.5 seconds remaining in the game, the Delta State (2-1, 1-0 GSC) University defensive line stoned Valdosta State (2-1, 0-1 GSC) quarterback Blake Whitmire’s sneak attempt to preserve a 27-23 Statesmen victory at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium. The win extended DSU’s win streak to five over VSU and planted the Statesmen firmly among the top contenders for the Gulf South Conference title.
“The game featured several momentum shifts throughout the day, but in the end our guys did what it took to win the game,” stated Ron Roberts, Statesmen head coach.
The Statesmen totaled 386 yards of offense, while the Blazers accounted for 303 yards.
DSU quarterback Micah Davis finished the game completing 27 passes to 11 different receivers on 32 attempts for 275 yards and three touchdowns. Chance Dennis finished the game with three catches for 93 yards and two touchdowns. Castile closed the game with five grabs for 55 yards and Moore grabbed four for 26 yards and a score.
While not racking up huge yardage on the day, Trevar Deed became DSU’s career all-purpose leader with 4,015 yards. His 53 yards Saturday catapulted the senior past Rico McDonald’s 3,978 yards for tops in school history.
Jerry Barnes led the Statesmen defense with 10 tackles, but Garrett Williams was the star of the show. The senior, who is the reigning GSC Defensive Player of the Week, closed the game with nine tackles, his third interception of he season and a forced fumble.
Larry Dean continued to chase former Statesmen Lardester Hicks-Green’s GSC career tackles record, closing out the game with 19 stops.
The Statesmen return to Parker Field-McCool Stadium next Saturday, Sept. 25, as Delta State hosts Henderson State at 6 p.m.

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