2022 West Georgia vs Delta State

Gulf South Games Of The Week: Delta State Seeks An Outright Title

Gulf South Games Of The Week: Delta State Seeks An Outright Title

Delta State aims to sew up an outright conference championship and remain undefeated when it hosts playoff hopeful West Georgia to headline GSC Week 10.

Nov 3, 2022 by Ron Balaskovitz

It’s not the last week of games in the Gulf South Conference, but Week 10 marks the final Saturday of conference competition for the GSC.

That means it's the last chance for teams to make a statement in the standings, even with the conference title essentially decided after last week’s results.

Delta State guaranteed at least a share of the league title a week ago, but can claim the outright crown against a West Georgia bunch looking to make its playoff case with a signature win.

West Georgia at Delta State

In what has been the most unlikely of seasons, the Delta State Statesmen are a win over West Georgia away from an outright Gulf South title, their first since 2011.

Delta State will at worst tie for the title with West Florida, which the Statesmen beat earlier in the season. DSU is thus guaranteed the league’s automatic bid along with its share of the program’s first conference championship since 2014.

Delta State and its top-10 scoring offense took care of business last week with a 52-38 win over a surprisingly tough Mississippi College team.

Mississippi College led 38-31 late in the third, but DSU scored 21 points, while the defense blanked the Choctaws over the final 15 minutes to earn the win.

Delta State rushed for 417 yards and six touchdowns in a game that saw the teams combine for 746 rushing yards and 10 scores.

Quarterback Patrick Shegog had three touchdowns and over 250 yards of total offense, while Kory Gainwell and Kelvin Smith each scored twice on the ground.

The Statesmen take on a West Georgia team that at 6-2, and with a game that won’t impact things much next week, likely needs a win to secure its spot in the Playoffs.

UWG rolled past Shorter last week by a 49-14 final, scoring 42 points in the first three quarters to put the Hawks away quickly. UWG finished with over 500 yards of offense in the win, including 237 yards and four touchdowns on the ground.


As if the outright conference title weren’t motivation enough, DSU is looking to avenge a pair of road losses to UWG last season, falling in a 27-26 thriller in the GSC opener, then being routed 44-7 in the non-conference regular season finale.

West Florida at Valdosta State

By the time this game kicks off, West Florida will know the result of the Delta State-West Georgia game, and thus the stakes of its rivalry matchup with Valdosta State.

Coming into the 2022 season, these were the two teams picked 1-2 in the preseason coaches’ poll. While West Florida has lived up to the billing, it has been a nightmare campaign for Valdosta State.

West Florida held off a game West Alabama team last week, 36-24, booting a pair of field goals in the fourth quarter while keeping the Tigers off the scoreboard for the final 14:49 to earn the win.

In what seemed to be the theme of the GSC last week, West Florida took care of business on the ground, rushing for 293 yards and nearly seven yards per carry.

Valdosta State, meanwhile, sits at 4-5 on the year, 2-4 in the GSC after snapping its losing skid with a 58-37 win over North Greenville last week.

The Blazers trailed 28-14 at the half, then erupted for 22 points in both the third and four quarters for a 44-9 second-half edge. The Blazers Ivory Durham passed for four scores, while the rushing attack added 226 yards.

Perhaps a good sign for the Blazers coming into the game: for the first time all season their rushing defense stepped up, holding the Crusaders to 99 yards on 32 carries.

West Florida took last season’s game by a 61-42 final, in a game that saw the two teams combine for over 1,200 yards of offense.

Mississippi College at West Alabama

While both of these teams are out of the playoff and conference-championship running, their game could shake up the lower half of the GSC standings.

A win by the Choctaws coupled with a lost by West Georgia would see them tie for third after being picked to finish seventh. Meanwhile, a West Alabama win could boost them into a tie for fourth.

Mississippi College looks to rebound after watching a second-half lead slip away to conference leader Delta State. The Choctaws continued their dominant rushing performance that’s been the hallmark of their season, collecting 329 yards in the loss.

West Alabama battled hard against West Florida, but couldn’t get the needed scores in the fourth quarter as the Argos slowly pulled away. The Tigers collected over 400 yards of offense in the loss.

Mic'd Up With West Alabama

The two teams split a pair of game last season, with West Alabama winning the league tilt 31-28, then Mississippi College claiming the non-conference season ender, 28-24.