Valdosta State hits the road for the final time in 2009 as the Blazers visit Carrollton, Ga. and the University of West Georgia for the annual Battle for the Peach Basket. The Blazers enter the game with a 4-4 record, including a 4-3 mark in Gulf South Conference play after a 62-27 loss to North Alabama last week, while the Wolves are 1-7 and 1-5 in league play, including a 10-9 victory over West Alabama in their last outing. The game is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. kickoff.
VSU averages 404.2 yards of total offense on the season while surrendering 364.0 yards per game. Quarterback Kellen Lewis leads the offense as he has completed 194-of-318 passes for 2,050 yards and 11 touchdowns while also rushing for 307 yards and seven scores. Wide receiver Cedric Jones has caught 52 passes for 489 yards and two scores and linebacker Larry Dean leads the defense with 73 total tackles, including 7.5 for loss.
West Georgia is averaging 274.6 yards per game while surrendering 471.8 per outing. Running back Yusuf Holloway leads the Wolf attack with 74.9 rushing yards and 24.9 receiving yards per game. Linebacker Travis Payton leads the UWG defense with 40 tackles, including an assist on a tackle for loss, and two fumble recoveries.
The 2009 season marks the 28th year of Valdosta State football while the West Georgia game will be the 319th game in school history. The Blazers have won 214 contests, lost 100 and tied four times, a winning percentage of .679.