Firecats Looking to Give Wildcats Third Straight Loss

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Updated: February 3, 2014
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South Georgia travels to Estero, Fla. this week where a win against South Division rival Florida would give the Wildcats a reserved spot in the 2009 playoffs. This is the third of four head-to-head meetings between these two clubs this season. In both previous games this season, South Georgia pulled away with the win.

The No. 7 Wildcats are coming off discouraging back-to-back losses, the most recent being a 69-41 road defeat last week at Kentucky. QB DARNELL KENNEDY went 24-of-46 for 385 yards and five touchdowns, but was intercepted four times and sacked three times. So far this year, Kennedy has rushed for 159 yards and passed for 2,821 while contributing 75 total touchdowns. Overall, South Georgia is finding most of its offense in the passing game, and Kennedy is completing 60.1% of his passes and has only been intercepted nine times. WR ALVANCE ROBINSON is contributing 97.4 yards per game receiving and 12 points. Robinson had 12 catches for 194 yards and two touchdowns. DB/KR IVORY MCCANN is helping to put the Wildcats in good offensive position, averaging 21.1 yards per kick return and 16.7 yards per missed field goal return. Last week McCann returned two missed field goals for 30 yards and five kicks for 58 yards while also contributing two catches for 58 yards with one TD. On the defensive side, DL ERIC TURNER leads the team in sacks with six and is tied for top honors in tackles for loss with seven.

The Florida Firecats have had a rocky season, never winning more than two games back-to-back. Statistically, the Firecats sit about in the middle of the league on both offense and defense. They are averaging 27.6 yards per game rushing and 252.2 passing. Defensively, Florida’s statistics have room to improve. So far this season, they have recovered 10 fumbles and also have only tallied six interceptions. The team’s 16 total turnovers forced is the lowest total in the league. Veteran QB CHRIS WALLACE has passed for 3,071 yards so far this season with 66 touchdowns but is only completing 60.8% of his passes and has been intercepted 11 times. Last week at Tennessee Valley, Wallace completed 22-of-38 passes but had just two touchdown passes in total. WR CHRIS MCKINNEY has been the most potent offensive player, averaging 106.1 all-purpose yards and 15.6 points per game. Wallace will need to be sharp from start to finish this week if the Firecats hope to keep up with the Wildcats.