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Firecats News

2007-05-10

A Look Across the Field at the South Georgia Wildcats

A Look Across the Field at the South Georgia Wildcats
By: Adam Berti

The Florida Firecats won’t have much trouble traveling to meet their next opponent, the South Georgia Wildcats this Saturday May 12th. It’s only a short 7 hour bus trip, the shortest of the season, to Albany, Georgia. The trip may be a breeze but the game may not be. The Albany Herald is sponsoring the first ever “Beat Florida” night at the Albany Civic Center. With giveaways and cheap group ticket prices, the Wildcats look to pack the house as the Firecats come in and play what could be a pivotal divisional game and a possible early season playoff preview.

“There has been a lot of excitement surrounding this particular game,” says Wildcats General Manager Darren McPhail. “This is one that we have had marked on our calendars since before the season began. With the help of the Albany Herald, whose support for the Wildcats has been incredible in our first three seasons, we are going to make this night very special for the fans in the South Georgia area.” The Wildcats fans have endured back to back 3-13 records since the team relocated from Fayetteville, NC. But these aren’t the same ole’ Wildcats. Under the leadership of new coach Derek Stingley, South Georgia has already posted a 3-2 record. The Wildcats sit a half game behind the Firecats (4-2) in the race for South Division supremacy, a division Florida has won each of the last 3 seasons.

Coach Stingley, who coached the now defunct Macon Knights last season, brought with him four key players from his old team. Those players include OL/DL Ed Wangler (13.0 sacks in 2006), WR Chavis McCollister (62 catches, 907 yards, 22 receiving TDs in just 7 games), FB/LB Derrick Lloyd (194 rushing yards, 12 rushing TDs, 33.0 tackles) and WR/LB Jamaal Garman (456 receiving yards, 7 TDs, 23.5 tackles, 4 INTs, 4 fumble
recoveries). All four expect to be major factors for South Georgia. Stingley also brought a group of veteran lineman over from Macon as well. The offense runs thru QB D. Bryant, who threw 59 TD passes with the Manchester Wolves in 2006.

South Georgia has bolstered their roster adding WR/DB Matt Jackson a 2-year veteran in af2 from the University of Florida, and OL/DL Lunda Wells who is in his rookie season out of Southern University

One player the South Georgia Wildcats don’t have on the sidelines this season is WR Chris McKinney, who now plays for the Firecats. McKinney played with the South Georgia Wildcats over the past 3 seasons and was a 2006 All-af2 2nd Team Special Teams Player.

The Wildcats have lost 4 straight to the Firecats since moving to Albany in 2005. Will this be the year that South Georgia turns it around, or will Florida flex it’s muscle and take an early lead in the series? Listen here online Saturday night to find out.