The atmosphere in Statesboro was crazy on last Thursday night. The fans came out and packed the stadium despite the rainy night. Gov. Deal was the special guest who did the coin flip and the Georgia Army National Guard brought back the cannon.
Georgia Southern football team looked like the truth on Thursday night against their rival Appalachian State. Georgia Southern came out firing on all cylinders and they dominated the game from the beginning. The win on Thursday gave Georgia Southern its first win against a team ranked in the top 25. The future is looking very promising for Georgia Southern under the leadership of Head Coach Chad Lunsford.
As they say in football, defense win games and Georgia Southern defense came out and set the tone for the night. They held Appalachian State offense to 288 total yards, 149 rushing and 139 passing. The defense lead up front by Defensive lineman Ian Bush who lead the team in tackles. Chris Harris held down the middle and lead the linebackers in tackles. Monquavion Brinson lead the secondary with tackles while Kindle Vildor and Kenderick Duncan Jr. and Darrell Baker Jr., combined for 4 interceptions for the eagles defense.
On the other side of the ball, the offense was lead by redshirt sophomore quarterback Shai Werts and Senior running back Wesley Fields. Werts lead the team with 138 yards rushings. Eventhough Werts only completed one pass but the one completion was a 57 yard TD. Fields on the other hand ran hard all night and ended the game with 99 rushing and 2 TD’s. This week the Eagles are looking to continue their winning streak as they prepare for University of Louisiana Monroe (ULM). It is safe to say that football has returned to Statesboro. #GATA