Pirates Mauled by Wildcats
PEORIA, IL - Peoria fought through several injuries and roster moves to get to Saturday's game against South Georgia, but were unable to escape another loss. The Wildcats took a 54-40 victory away from the Pirates in front of 3,037 for Peoria's final home game of the season.
The scoring started 30 seconds into the game on the first play of the first drive, when Wildcat receiver P.J. Berry hauled in a 31-yard pass from Cecil Lester, putting Georgia in front 7-0. Peoria would respond about four minutes later when Reggie Gray ended a 48-yard drive with a 6-yard reception from Donald Carrie. A missed PAT would make the score 7-6 to end the first quarter.
Scoring would resume at 2:41 when Antwone Savage pulled in a short 2-yard pass to put the Wildcats up 14-6. Scoring slowed for the next eight minutes, but picked up again with 3:56 to left when Phillip Brock would record his first touchdown of the game. The Pirates would fail on the following 2-point conversion and Peoria would continue to trail behind 14-12. South Georgia would capitalize on a 2-yard run from Andrico Hines with :32 left to finish the quarter 21-12.
Reggie Gray would pick the scoring back up over three minutes into the 3rd quarter with a 12-yard reception to shorten the deficit to 21-19. A touchdown runs by Wildcats' Buchie Ibeh and Peoria's Donald Carrie would end the third quarter with the game tied 27-27.
There was no shortage of scoring the 4th quarter. South Georgia would start the scoring :41 into the quarter on a 20-yard touchdown reception by P.J. Berry, his second of the night, to put the Wildcats up 33-27. Phillip Brock would answer with 7-yard reception with 7:32 remaining, but that would be the closest they would game the rest of the game. South Georgia would score three more times in the air to pull ahead 54-33. De'Tario Frederick would finish the game off with a 26-yard reception in the closing seconds of the game.
Andrico Hines would be the factor for South Georgia, throwing for 200 yards and 6 touchdowns. Donald Carrie would be Peoria's guy, out-doing Hines with 211 yards and five touchdowns for the game. Phillip Brock tied the Pirates' single-season record for receptions set by Cornell Craig in 2002. Brock pulled in seven in the game to bring his total to 104 on the season. Reggie Gray had an excellent game as well, hauling in 115 yards and two touchdowns on 13 catches. He also picked up 134 kick return yards on the night. P.J. Berry ended the game with 102 reception yards and two touchdowns for South Georgia.
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