Vipers Look to Avenge Loss vs. South Georgia

Chris Yow@@ChrisYow14Analyst IApril 29, 2009

Kevin Eakin was not happy after the performance he and the Tennessee Valley Vipers put together in Albany, Georgia, three weeks ago.

Tennessee Valley (3-2) was held to a season low 33 points last time these two teams locked horns. South Georgia was held to just 55 points, their second lowest total of the season.

The Wildcats (4-1) have since put the hammer down on the offensive side of the ball. They have scored 84 and 83 points, respectively, the last two weeks.

The biggest reason for the success of the Wildcats has been quarterback Darnell Kennedy. The former Alabama State player had put up astronomical numbers this season, including 1,242 yards and 29 touchdowns with just one interception through five games. He has also rushed for 123 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Kennedy does not set his sights on one receiver, Alvance Robinson, Antwan Savage, Clinton Rafe, and Kelvin Dickens have all been big contributors for the Wildcats this season.

Eakin will counter with his own slew of receivers, including Chris Bocage, Bradly Chavez, Michael Johnson, and newcomer Larry Shipp.

Bocage has been a force when playing inside the friendly confines of the Von Braun Center. His four touchdowns per game at home leads the team. Of Chavez's catches just three passes last week, however, all three were touchdowns. Shipp picked up where he left off last week and hauled in his first pass last week for a touchdown.

The Wildcats defense has posted 12 sacks on the season, while Tennessee Valley has only given up four all season.

Defense will be the key to the game, as Tennessee Valley has scored 61 and 69 points in the last two weeks.

Expect that the special teams will become the difference in the game.

Pit Prediction

South Georgia 60
Tennessee Valley 63

Key Players

South Georgia—QB Darnell Kennedy, DB Quentin Burrell, and DL Eric Turner.
Tennessee Valley—QB Kevin Eakin, WR/KR Chris Bocage, and DB Desmond Foster.