Horsemen lead wire-to-wire, roll past South Georgia
Kentucky jumped out to an early 14-0 lead and never looked back in Rupp Arena Saturday night, earning a 69-41 win over division rival South Georgia and moving closer to securing a 2009 ArenaCup playoff berth.
The loss marked the first time South Georgia (8-4) had lost back-to-back games since July 21 and 28 of 2007. Last week, Tennessee Valley knocked off the Wildcats 44-27 on their home turf.
With the win, the Horsemen (7-5) avenged a 72-66 loss to the Wildcats in Albany, Georgia on May 9. Kentucky has now won four of their last five games, and has an opportunity to move into the thick of the South Division race when Tennessee Valley comes to Lexington on July 11.
Kentucky kicked off the scoring on the first play from scrimmage, with Jared Lorenzen firing a 45-yard touchdown pass to Lonnell Dewalt. William Mulder, who entered the game ranked 4th in the league with seven interceptions, extended the Horsemen lead to 14-0 with a 34-yard interception return for a touchdown.
After a Darnell Kennedy 1-yard touchdown run and 20-yard touchdown pass to Clenton Rafe cut the South Georgia deficit to 14-13, Mulder struck again with a kickoff return for a touchdown. Quinton Griffin's 49-yard interception return set up a 1-yard Lorenzen run to give Kentucky a 28-13 lead. Griffin's 2nd interception halted another Wildcats drive, and Justin Rascati found Harry Lewis for an 8-yard touchdown to make it 35-13 at half.
The two teams alternated scoring drives in the 3rd quarter. Lorenzen rushed for a 1-yard touchdown and hit Lewis on a 37-yard pass for another, while Kennedy hooked up with Alvan Robinson for a 45-yard touchdown and Ivory McCann for a 44-yard touchdown.
Kentucky took a 55-27 lead with a 25-yard touchdown pass from Lorenzen to Lewis early in the 4th quarter. South Georgia never came within 21 the rest of the way, as Kennedy's touchdown passes to Rafe and Robinson were not enough.
Lorenzen led the way for Kentucky, throwing for 173 yards and three touchdowns to go along with three rushing touchdowns. Lewis came up big for the second consecutive game, bringing in seven receptions for 183 yards and four touchdowns. Dewalt chimed in with three receptions for 62 yards and a touchdown, and Rascati threw for 72 yards and two touchdowns. The Horsemen have averaged 75.6 points in their last three home wins.
Kennedy threw for 358 yards and five touchdowns in a losing effort for the Wildcats. Robinson led all South Georgia receivers with 12 receptions for 194 yards and two touchdowns, and Rafe had five receptions for 66 yards and two touchdowns.
The Horsemen return to action next Saturday as they hit the road to take on the Corpus Christi Sharks. Kickoff is slated for 8:00 p.m. EST and will be carried live on Supertalk 96.1 with Gary Ball and Randy Wilson.
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