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Gulf South Games Of The Week: Delta State Can Lock Up A Title

Gulf South Games Of The Week: Delta State Can Lock Up A Title

Delta State can assure itself no worse than a share of the Gulf South championship in Week 9, facing an upstart Mississippi College aiming to rebound.

Oct 27, 2022 by Ron Balaskovitz
Gulf South Games Of The Week: Delta State Can Lock Up A Title

With two weeks left in the Gulf South’s league slate, there are still a number of scenarios that could see as many as four different teams end up with a share of the league title.

But the simplest one is on the line this week: A Delta State win ensures the Statesmen no worse than a tie atop the standings, while owning the tiebreaker over the only one-loss team in the league.

This week’s slate sees the teams chasing Delta State for supremacy draw opponents in the bottom half of the league standings, each hoping to keep their faint title hopes alive. DSU, meanwhile, gets one of the surprise teams in the GSC this year that looks to set itself up for a potential conference championship push.


Delta State at Mississippi College

The Statesmen continued their magical 2022 campaign with a Thursday night romp over Shorter last week, putting DSU in position to possibly claim the outright title this week.

DSU’s offense got back on track after being slowed down by West Alabama two weeks ago, rolling to a 45-10 win over the Hawks while collecting over 530 yards of offense.

DSU scored the first 35 points of the game in the first half, ensuring there was no upset bid. Patrick Shegog continued to make his case for Player of the Year, posting three touchdowns and no turnovers in the win, while hitting on over 75 percent of his passes.

The defense wasn’t bad either against the Hawks, getting an interception and a 71-yard scoop and score from Joseph Barton, while keeping the Hawks off the scoreboard untilt the game was out of hand.

The pair of forced turnovers pushed DSU’s turnover margin on the season to +9, the eighth best mark in the country.

While DSU looks to claim the title, Mississippi College aims to keep its own surprising title hopes alive with a win (and some help down the stretch).

The Choctaws dropped to 3-2 in the league after a 45-17 loss to a surging West Florida team. MC trailed by just four late in the second quarter before the Argos put up 24 straight points to pull away.

The Choctaws normally dominant with the ground game, which came into Week 8 tops in the country at over 360 yards per game. Against the Argos, however, MC was held in check at just 211 yards on 48 carries. In a role-reversal, the Choctaws defense was gashed by UWF to the tune of 334 rushing yards.

Delta State hopes to follow suit, but must avoid a potential trap. MC took the Statesmen to the limit in a 24-21, overtime finish a season ago.

West Alabama at West Florida

While Mississippi College needs a lot of help to get its share of the GSC title, West Florida sits only a game back of Delta State. However, the Argos need to win out with DSU losing a game to earn a share of the conference title, or two Statesmen losses to claim an outright championship.

Since losing a thriller to DSU, West Florida has been on a tear, winning its last three games by 14, 24, and 28.

West Florida forced a pair of turnovers in last week’s win and rushed for over eight yards per carry on the way to three ground scores, all by CJ Wilson. Wilson needed just seven carries to accrue his three touchdowns, while the duo of Shomari Mason and Ra’veion Hargrove combined for over 270 yards to pace the prolific rushing attack.

West Alabama saw its slim GSC title hopes go out the window last week in a home upset to North Greenville, 34-33. The Tigers surrendered the game-deciding touchdown in the final 10 seconds. The 33 points and nearly 500 yards of offense were some of the best numbers UWA has put up this season, but a pair of untimely turnovers in North Greenville territory loomed large.

At 2-3 in the league, the Tigers will look to play the role of spoiler against the Argos.

The Argos crushed the Tigers last season in Alabama, rolling up a 47-7 after UWF tacked on the first 40 points.

Shorter at West Georgia

Sitting at 3-2 in the league and with Delta State looming on the schedule next week, the West Georgia Wolves remain in the GSC title conversation, but they’ll need a win over Shorter, and Week 9 losses for both UWF and DSU.

The Wolves kept their title hopes alive with a dominant victory over Valdosta State, 54-17. In that win, UWG led just 20-17 late in the first half, but got a touchdown before intermission for some breathing room. Rolling up 27 more points in the second half slammed the door on the Blazers.

The Wolves finished with just under 600 yards of offense, averaging over seven yards per play, and splitting eight touchdowns evenly between the ground and the air.

Going Camping: West Georgia

Harrison Frost tossed all four scores, while Jaxton Carson tallied 175 yards and three scores. Shorter is still searching for its first GSC win of the season, and are losers of six straight after last week’s blowout loss to West Florida.

The Wolves blew away the Hawks last season, 56-0.