Senior quarterback Harrison Frost threw for 298 yards and 4 touchdowns to lead West Georgia to a 38-7 win over Carson Newman in the Wolves season opener at Ra-Lin Field in Carrollton, GA on Thursday night.
The five-time Division II national champion (1983, 1984, 1986, 1989) rolled into town with a little get back on their minds. West Georgia punished their opponents 45-7 a year ago in the Eagles’ home season opener.
Just as they did in 2021, West Georgia jumped out to an early lead, allowed the Eagles one touchdown, and then hit then ran away with the game.
Frost tossed a pair of second-quarter touchdowns after Brock Pellegrino split the uprights in the first quarter. His 39-yard pass to Tay Huff gave Wolves fans a glimpse of what the rest of the game would look like.
“Once we got that 10-0 lead, they just did a great job keeping them at bay and not letting them get any momentum,” said head coach David Dean.
The visitors from Jefferson City, TN managed only four offensive series in Wolves territory scoring only once. TJ King followed his blockers around the left side for a 34-yard touchdown run 7 minutes after the Wolves’ third score.
West Georgia’s defense held the Eagles’ offense in check limiting them to 243 yards of total offense including six drives of less than 10 yards and three more of 30 yards or less.
Davin Bryant knocked the ball out of the hands of Tyler Curtis at the Wolves’ 24 to shut down a potential Eagles fourth quarter scoring drive. Curtis’ teammate Anthony Polite scooped up the pigskin and returned it 28 yards to midfield.
Zay Britt and Za’Ta Anderson caught the last two touchdown passes from Frost. Britt’s catch on a 10-yard slant capped a 12-play, 75-yard drive in the second quarter. Anderson’s was a bit more dramatic.
Frost and Anderson just missed connecting on second down and decided there was something there. The senior called the sophomore’s number again and this time, pure magic, and Anderson was off to the races for a 68-yard touchdown.
Anderson led the Wolves receiving corps with 124 yards on 6 receptions. Frost spread his 17 receptions around to seven different receivers.
Senior Darius Clark’s touchdown late in the third quarter capped the Wolves scoring for the evening.
Next Saturday, the Wolves roll east to take on Morehouse College at the newly renovated B.T. Harvey stadium.
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