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Ouachita loses home opener to No. 5 Valdosta State
Friday, Sep 29, 2006
By Ben Cutrell

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (BP)--Ouachitaís football team lost its home opener to No. 5 Valdosta State, 49-21, Sept. 28 at A.U. Williams Field.

The Tigers took an early lead and moved the ball well against a tough Valdosta defense, but the Blazer offense scored too quickly and too often for the Tigers to keep up.

Ouachita scored on its opening drive when quarterback Richard Young faked a quick screen to All-Conference receiver Bruce Steele and found Julius Pruitt open for a 35-yard touchdown.

But in what would prove to be a recurring theme, Valdosta scored even faster, marching 62 yards in three plays and 47 seconds for a touchdown. VSU quarterback Willie Copeland had a career day, completing 24-of-30 passes for 332 yards and five touchdowns.

Ouachita matched Valdosta's offense in the first quarter, but the Blazers distanced themselves with two one-play drives. The Blazer receivers made a series of big plays, including two 60-yard touchdowns, to seal the victory.

Steele led the Ouachita receivers with eight catches for 107 yards and a touchdown. Young completed 5-of-9 passes for 106 yards and a touchdown before being knocked out of the game in the first half. Parker came in and passed for 98 yards and a score.

With starter Willie Hopson not on the field, Marcus Jamison and Keldrick Johnson led a Tiger rushing attack that went for 147 yards. Valdosta's running game was even better, hitting for 223 yards and two touchdowns. Michael Terry had 107 yards on eight carries.

Ouachita's defense scored the final points of the night when freshman linebacker Channing Hill scooped up a fumble and ran 95 yards for the touchdown.

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