Valdosta Daily Times

Local Sports

September 2, 2012

Not again

Blazers lose another heartbreaker, fall to SVSU, 28-24

UNIVERSITY CENTER, MIch. — It happened again.

After three-straight final-minute losses to closeout the 2011 season, the Valdosta State football team lost another heartbreaker Saturday to open its 2012 season.

The Blazers allowed a game-winning 27-yard touchdown pass from Saginaw Valley State quarterback Jonathon Jennings to Michael Albrecht with 1:01 remaining to fall to the Cardinals, 28-24.

The loss is the fourth straight for Valdosta State, dating back to the end of last season. All four game-winning touchdowns scored by the opposing teams came with a combined 2 minutes and 43 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. Saturday’s 1:01 was the largest margin of time remaining in a game.

“We are pretty frustrated right now, because we worked hard,” said linebacker Chris Pope, who led the Blazers with 16 total tackles. “This isn’t where we intended to be, but I promise we will be back.”

VSU’s four-game losing streak is the longest since the 1990 season, when the Blazers dropped the final four games of the regular season to finish with a 5-5 record.

“There is tremendous amount of disappointment,” Valdosta State head coach David Dean said. “Everybody is kind of in shock, ‘how could this happen again?’ But the real leadership, I think you’ll find on the rest of this trip home and (Sunday) when we get back together and watch film and get in the weight room and start preparing for Fort Valley State.”

Following Saginaw Valley’s go-ahead touchdown with 1:01 remaining, the Blazers had a final chance, but fell short. A solid kickoff return by Matt Pierce positioned the Blazers at the 46-yard line. A 19-yard pass from quarterback Graham Craig, who entered the game in the third quarter for starter Cayden Cochran, to Gerald Ford put the Blazers down to the Cardinal 35.

Then Craig was sacked, followed by an overthrown pass to Ford, setting up a third and 15 for the Blazers, which was nearly intercepted by a Cardinal defender.  On the Blazers’ final chance, a fourth and 15, Craig’s pass went threw the outstretched arms of Regginald Lewis in the end zone.

Text Only
Local Sports
  • Blazers to play three games on GSC-TV

    Valdosta State will play three televised games this fall, the Gulf South Conference announced Wednesday as it released its GSC-TV schedule.

    July 31, 2014

  • 2014 World Championships 216 (640x427).jpg Best of the Best

    The students of Performance Martial Arts Academy continue to rack up accolades and after a weekend in Little Rock, Ark., those accolades include the title of world champion.
    Mark Webb and Madison Swain both earned world championships at the American Taekwondo Association's Taekwondo World Championships a few weeks ago. Four other Performance Martial Arts students also competed in the event.

    July 31, 2014 2 Photos

  • Berrien practice 1a.jpg Moving forward

    July 30, 2014 2 Photos

  • Falcons_Ryan.jpg Ryan takes teaching role for Falcons offense

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Bridgestone_Tiger.jpg Woods faces 2 big weeks that shape rest of season

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0728-Lowndes practice4.jpg Vikings working out with padded practice, scrimmage on the horizon

    The look was familiar Monday at Martin Stadium.
    The Lowndes High football team’s conditioning practice was essentially a duplicate of the workouts the Vikings have completed throughout the summer.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Thomasville_Ryals.jpg South Georgia special for high school coaches

    Phillip Johnson remembers when he had a “Wizard of Oz” moment.
    The North Carolina native moved to Georgia when he was 26 and Johnson, now Lanier County’s second-year head coach, recalls a 7-on-7 tournament leading to the realization that he wasn’t in Kansas — or in his case, North Carolina — anymore.
     

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Nolin settling in as new VSU soccer coach

    Meet Rebecca Nolin, VSU's new soccer coach.

    July 28, 2014

  • Induction Crowd: Honorees were genuine, down to earth

    More than 48,000 people gathered under the scorching sun at The Clark Sports Center for the 75th National Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Sunday, including one woman who carpooled to the event with more than 40 other people.

    July 28, 2014

  • Braves trio all business at inductions

    The Braves seemed almost businesslike in their approach -- something you might expect from a trio that won so consistently.
    Managers Joe Torre and Tony La Russa also remained calm and collected throughout their addresses.
    Frank Thomas took care of the emotional side, his voice breaking and his eyes moist during a heartfelt speech Sunday at the Clark Sports Center.
     

    July 28, 2014

Blazers Blog
More