Interim coach brings big win for the Eagles

Wright: ‘As soon as we stepped on the field, I knew we were going to dominate.’

DJ Cadden, Sports Editor

It had been nearly a month since Georgia Southern’s last win on the gridiron. One coaching change later, the Eagles are back in the win column.

The Eagles looked virtually unstoppable en route to a 59-33 victory over the Arkansas State Red Wolves on Saturday.

GS dominated on both sides of the ball, with the offense accumulating more than 500 rushing yards and the defense snatching four interceptions.

“We had some letdowns, which I’m not very happy about,” said interim head coach Kevin Whitley. “But we got the win, have something to build on.”

Whitley pointed out multiple personal fouls, unforced errors and big plays allowed by the defenses as the disappointments in Saturday’s performance. However, Whitley made sure to praise a handful of players during his postgame press conference.

One player stood out above the rest for the Eagles on Saturday: senior running back Logan Wright. The fifth-year back rushed for 214 yards and two touchdowns on just 10 carries.

“We had a great showing today behind a massive O-Line,” said Wright. “I just feel like all our pieces started falling into place and we are starting to get our edge.”

Whitley remarked that although the team did celebrate the win, that the focus was quickly shifted to their next game.

“This really doesn’t mean anything if we don’t get the next one,” said Whitley. “I’m already on the next one. I’m going to try to enjoy it, it’s very hard for me to do.”

The Eagles now sit at 2-3 (1-1 SBC) on the season, which is currently good enough for third in the Sun Belt’s East division.

GS will be back in action next Saturday, when they travel to Troy to take on the 2-3 (0-1 SBC) Trojans. Game time is set for 7 p.m. and the game will be televised on ESPN+.