After the performance last Saturday, the Blazers are looking to continue their high-scoring against Gulf South Conference newcomer Shorter College tonight in Rome, Ga.
The Blazers (6-2, 3-1 GSC) are coming off an impressive 59-41 victory against rival Delta State (3-4, 1-2 GSC) on Homecoming weekend in a game that can be classified as a “good old fashioned shootout.”
Quarterback Cayden Cochran led the Blazers with 443 all-purpose yards and six total touchdowns, with 412 yards and five of his touchdowns coming through the air.
Wide receiver Seantavious Jones had a breakout game with nine receptions for 210 yards and four touchdowns that included a 74 yard bomb from Cochran to start the game.
“If you would’ve told me that we would have put up over 600 yards total offense on such a good defense, I would have thought you were telling me a story,” Head Coach David Dean said about the offensive show the Blazers put on Saturday.
On the flip side, Dean is not worried about his Blazer defense that gave up 455 yards and six touchdowns as well.
“We gave up four big plays and only gave up one long drive on the day,” Dean said. “Our offense put us in a tough situation once throwing an interception and starting Delta State with great field position on our eight yard line. For the most part, if you take away those four big plays they really had a hard time moving the ball on us except for one series.”
The Shorter Hawks (4-4, 0-2 GSC) is coming off a 49-7 loss to West Alabama and is looking to upset the Blazers in what could be a trap game for VSU tonight.
Dean isn’t too worried about playing the Hawks in Rome on a short week.
“I think our kids have handled it very well,” Dean said. “I think they are excited about it being the last Gulf South Conference game of the season and playing a new opponent for the first time.”
Shorter College’s first year in Division II football has seen the team struggle in the passing game averaging 87.9 yards per game, but excel in rushing yards at 190 yards in each contest lead by fullback Bradley Moon.
“Shorter plays very hard and has a lot of good players,” Dean said. “I think the big thing for them is they will have a tremendous amount of excitement in their first conference game at home.”
The Blazers will square off with Shorter at 7:30 in Rome and the game can be seen on www.espn.com/watchespn.