Eagles rally in third overtime to claim second conference victory

Kaitlin Sells

The Georgia Southern football team pulled out another close win over Coastal Carolina after taking the game into triple overtime.

A rainy 3 p.m. kickoff time might spook any other opponent, but the Eagles seem to be very successful playing in the rain. Thinking back to a win over Appalachian State and a bowl win in the rain last season, the inclimate weather might have been welcomed by GS to Paulson.

Redshirt-junior quarterback Shai Werts seemed to fall into a rhythm in the rain tonight along with the rest of the team, leading the Eagles to his second win on the season after rushing for 48 yards and passing for 61 yards. Werts also passed for two touchdowns, his first of the season.

It was another explosive night for junior running back Wesley Kennedy III who has proven he’s still in the game with 117 rushing yards on the night and 16 receiving. Kennedy also scored the winning touchdown for the Eagles in triple OT, overall scoring two touchdowns on the night. 

For the second game in a row, the Eagles have been successful after going into over time. The Chanticleers put up more of a fight than South Carolina, forcing GS to go into three stretches of overtime. 

Senior wide receiver Mark Michaud was a key player in overtime for the Eagles, scoring two touchdowns both in OT to put the Eagles ahead and in position for a win. Michaud received a total of 45 yards on the night, with a long of 25 yards.

“This game was very emotional,” Michaud said. “How the game was going over, and over time- it was just pretty much everything that I’ve been preparing for. As far as I’ve been a receiver in the system, when opportunities happen just make a play. I mean you see the ball and just catch it, there’s really no other way to say it. Just playing hard and and finishing the game.”

Overall the Eagles put up 368 yards on offense, 307 of those being rushing yards. The Eagle defense held CCU to only 132 rushing yards and 96 passing yards.

Redshirt-sophomore linebacker Reynard Ellis lead the defense with nine tackles on the night while the defense as a whole logged 69 tackles on the night.

The referees seemed to be a little flag-happy tonight, as they ejected four different players from the game Saturday. Three of those players were all due to one incident- a dance off preceding the fourth quarter between the two teams.

The Eagles now have extended their winning streak to two and improved their conference record to 2-1. 

GS will be carrying momentum from their two-win streak into their homecoming week, as they prepare to take on New Mexico State Saturday, Oct. 26.

Kaitlin Sells, The George-Anne Managing Sports Editor, gasports@georgiasouthern.edu