UWA falls in season finale

By: UWA Sports Information
By: UWA Sports Information

The 2007 University of West Alabama football season came to close on Saturday night with a 49-20 setback to in-state rival and nationally ranked North Alabama at Braly Municipal Stadium. The game marked the return of UWA head coach Bobby Wallace to his former stomping grounds at UNA.

The Lions (9-1, 7-1 GSC) of UNA jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the opening quarter, scoring on its first three possessions of the contest. UNA Quarterback A.J. Milwee connected on a 34-yard pass to Rocky Coleman on a fourth and 15 play to post the first points in the contest. The 10th-ranked Lions registered touchdown runs from Brandenn Pickett and David McCants to extend the lead to a three touchdown advantage. UWA opened the second quarter with an eight play, 77 yard scoring drive, concluding at the 14:55 mark of the second period. Kurt Kennedy tossed a 19-yard touchdown pass to Patrick Levett to put the first points on the board for the Red and White. UNA extended its lead to 22 points at 35-13 with 9:16 remaining in the half. Milwee threw his second of three touchdown passes, on an eight-yard pass to Covington Wright.

The Tigers (1-9, 0-8 GSC) struck quickly following the UNA score with Terry Allen's 82-yard kick off return. The kick return for a touchdown was his second of the season for the freshman from Huntsville, Ala. Allen scampered 100 yards for a touchdown against Harding earlier in the year. Allen totaled 156 yards in all-purpose yards in the contest.

UNA started the second half in the same fashion that it opened the game - with touchdown producing drives in back-to-back possessions. Milwee threw his final scoring pass of the night with 13:44 in the third period. Joemal Campbell caught a 19-yard touchdown pass from Milwee to push the Lions lead to 42-13. Pickett scored for the second time in the contest with a two-yard run to close out the scoring for the Lions. UWA put the final points on the board on a James Reiter 30-yard strike to Anthony Connell at the 7:03 mark of the third period.

The Tigers mustered up 326 yards on offense in the in-state rivalry. Junior Cole Mason led the UWA ground attack with 90 yards on 21 attempts. Kennedy finished 6-of 10 for 102 yards in the air. As a team, the Red and White tallied a season-best 160 yards passing on 29 attempts.

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