UWA Ends Road Swing with 48-17 Win at Shorter

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ROME, Ga. -- Harry Satterwhite threw for 283 yards and three touchdowns in just three quarters and West Alabama rolled up 505 yards total offense on the way to a 48-17 Gulf South Conference football win over Shorter Saturday at Barron Stadium.

West Alabama winds up a three-game road swing with a 4-2 record, 1-2 in GSC play. Shorter lost for the 34th consecutive time, dropping to 0-6 and 0-4.

Satterwhite completed 19-for-24, completed 79 percent of his throws and posting a 219.5 quarterback rating. He has now thrown 54 career touchdown passes, third all-time at UWA.

Shorter scored first, capping a 12-play, 75-yard opening drive with a 7-yard touchdown pass from Coey Watson to Tanner Floyd.

West Alabama tied the game three plays later when Harry Satterwhite connected with Tyriq Martin on a 57-yard touchdown toss, finishing a three-play, 68-yard scoring drive. Career touchdown pass number 53 for Satterwhite came on the next drive, this one a 23-yarder to Martin to cap an 8-play, 73-yard drive.

"I am proud of the way we fought, but I would like us to pay a little more attention to detail, especially in the first few drives on both sides of the ball," UWA head coach Brett Gilliland said. "We settled down and the folks we need to make plays made them."

Jordan Bennett drilled a 24-yard field goal with 5:49 left in the half. Tavarius Hutchinson recovered a Hawk fumble on the Shorter 32 and five plays later Derrick Underwood rambled in for a 6-yard touchdown run to give UWA a 24-7 lead with 3:42 left in the second quarter.

Hutchinson led UWA tacklers with seven tackles in addition to his recovered fumble and a forced fumble. Terry Samuel chipped in seven stops and returned a fumble 12 yards Danny Rambo broke up three passes as UWA limited Shorter to just 78 yards rushing.

"We came out and played down to their level early and gave up a quick touchdown," Hutchison said. "Our plan was to elevate our game. Coach (Steve) Sisa used the word 'crescendo'. We just kept out foot on their neck after the early part of the game."

West Alabama extended its lead to 31-7 at the half when Satterwhite and Bayley Blanchard hooked up for a 19-yard scoring pass with 27.8 seconds left in the second quarter to complete a 31-point run after Shorter scored first.

"We got rolling early and when we do that, spreading the ball around, good things happen," Satterwhite said. "Tyriq had a big day and that has to help his confidence moving forward. Bayley (Blanchard) seems to make a one-hander (catch) every week."

"We executed our game plan. We knew one quarterback was a passer and the other a runner," Samuels said. "We started a little slow, so we had to tighten up and get going."

Brett Bardenwerper nailed a 31-yard field goal for Shorter at the 8:08 mark in the third period to cut the West Alabama lead to 31-10, but it took the Tigers just five plays to answer with a score of their own.

The Tigers extended the lead to 38-10 when Tyler Rogers capped a five-play, 81-yard drive with a 7-yard scoring run. The touchdown was set up by a 36-yard completion from Satterwhite to Martin and a 25-yard run by Rogers.

The touchdown was the 25th rushing score of Rogers' career, leaving three shy of Gary Johnston, who had 28 from 2009-13. Rogers has also rushed for 193 yards combined in his last two games at Barron Stadium.

"Props to the offensive line. They block their tails off every week," Rogers said. "They get me past the first level and then it's my job to make something happen at the next level."

Bennett closed UWA scoring with a 29-yard field goal at the 5:12 mark of the fourth quarter to increase the Tiger lead to the final margin.

Rogers finished with 83 yards on 12 carries, moving him to eighth on the UWA career list with 1,776. He needs 86 yards to move past Gary Johnston (1,861) into seventh.

Blanchard had seven receptions for 102 yards, followed by Dominique McNealey with six for 50, Martin with five for 126 and Christian Saulsberry with five for 31.

"I knew Harry would give me a chance to make plays and I took advantage of it," Martin said. "(Receivers) Coach (Lamont) Seward told me to just play the way I'm capable of."

Tyler Pullum completed 22-of-38 passes for 238 yards and a late touchdown for Shorter. Maurice Sutton had six catches for 84 yards. Weldrin Ford's 26 rushing yards led the Hawks. Nico Reddish had 11 tackles for Shorter.

West Alabama returns home for the first time in a month to host Delta State on Saturday. Kickoff for Military Appreciation Day at Tiger Stadium is set for 2 p.m. Shorter travels to North Greenville for a 1:30 p.m. CT kickoff.