For the second time this season, Valdosta State played on a Thursday night, but this time a much better result - a 35-10 victory over West Georgia. This despite Willie Copeland getting injured in the first half of play.
VSU Head Coach David Dean says, "He's not doing very well. He's having a little trouble breathing right now. He took a shot in the ribs. We won't know... he's got to get some x-rays on it. We don't know if he's got a fracture or just some cartilage or something like that, but he was in a tremendous amount of pain."
Back-up quarterback Tucker Pruitt says, "Willie went down tonight and I just had to step up and it wasn't pretty, but coming out of here with a win and finishing up 9-1 feels pretty good."
Blazers wideout Cedric Jones says "Once Willie went down, we knew we were going to be fine because Tucker practices every day. He understands the offense well and he can do just as good as Willie and we're confident in either one of those guys."
Coach Dean says, "Tucker is a good football player, he's a headsy football player coming from a coach's'....being a coach's' son, he know the game so you always feel comfortable when he' in the ball game."
So it's going to be the waiting game for the Blazers as they'll have to find out the extent of the injury to Willie Copeland and then on Sunday, they'll find out their postseason fate and whether or not they'll be hosting another game right here in Valdosta. Once again the Blazers win 35-10 on a chilly Thursday night. Reporting in Valdosta, I'm Phil Jean, WCTV, Eyewitness Sports