Mustangs thrash West Georgia 35-17

Erin Wrinkle

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Kiedrick Jackson makes runs down field.
Photo by KERRI CARTER

In the spirit of Military Appreciation Day, fans went wild after a 35-17 win over West Georgia as the Mustangs ended their regular season on Nov. 10 at Memorial Stadium.

Current military and veterans were honored before the game started, as well as the senior players.

The win over West Georgia gives MSU a 9-1 regular season record and a chance at winning the national championship.

“We want to get to the national championship of course,” said cornerback Ricardo Riascos. “We just need to stay together and stay humble”.

The Mustangs gained 470 rushing yards off of 44 carries.

Leading the Mustangs offensively was Chauncey Harris, scored two touchdowns off of 232 yards.

Kiedrick Jackson capped off a successful regular season by putting his name at the top of the Mustangs’ record book.

Jackson is now tied with Daniel Polk for the most rushing touchdowns in a season with 19 after his 1-yard touchdown rush.

Jackson is also tied with Polk for career touchdowns with 44.

He is likely to break both of these records in the playoffs to be the sole owner of the number one spot.

Jackson also maintains a slight lead over Dominic Rhodes for rushing yards-per-game with 126.3, barely edging out Rhodes’ record of 126.1.

Quarterback Brandon Kelsey completed 4-of-11 passes and scored one touchdown.

MSU kept West Georgia scoreless in the first quarter and held them only to three points in the first half. Kicker Davis Brackett of UWG scored a 24-yard field-goal in the second quarter.

MSU scored three touchdowns in the first half, starting with a 21-yard touchdown run from Harris with 03:27 left in the first quarter.

In a last ditch effort, West Georgia tried to come back in the second half.

Two rushing touchdowns scored by Seth Hinsley and Austin Trainor in the third and fourth quarters brought West Georgia closer to the Mustangs’ lead at 28-17 before Harris scored his second rushing touchdown to finish the game.

Mustangs freshman safety Marqui Christian said having a strong second half is something the team needs to improve on, especially during the post season.

Looking towards the post-season goal for the national championships junior Neiko Conway believes the Mustangs need to take it one game at a time.

“As a team we just have to have each other’s back and just keep motivating each other,” Riascos said.

The Mustangs will play the University of Indianapolis in the first round of the NCAA D-II playoffs Nov. 17 at 11 a.m. at Key Stadium.

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