Hal Mumme has been gone from Valdosta State for six years now, but the former Blazers' boss still likes to get credit when credit is due.
Mumme said Wednesday that it was his team, Southeastern Louisiana University, which broke Arkansas-Monticello quarterback Cory Allred's hand in the season opener, a 22-17 win for Mumme's Lions.
As a result, Allred, who will face Valdosta State today in Monticello, Ark., still has his non-throwing hand in a cast and has not been able take snaps from under center since the injury.
"[Mumme] is going to take credit for just about anything that goes on over here," Valdosta State head coach Chris Hatcher said.
The Blazers (5-0, 3-0 GSC) travel to Cotton Boll Stadium today to meet Arkansas-Monticello for a 3 p.m. Gulf South Conference contest. (Radio: WWRQ-FM 107.9)
Although Allred is hobbled, he's far from handicapped. The Boll Weevils' junior quarterback leads the conference in passing yards per game (289) and total yards per game (343). Allred may be one of the most dangerous weapons in the GSC because of his ability to scramble and throw.
"We've got to do a good job of containing him," Hatcher said of Allred, who's averaging over 53 yards per game rushing. "He's more dangerous when he's out in open space and throwing the ball around. He doesn't really look to run first, he looks to pass when he's in scramble mode."
Valdosta State quarterback Barrett Wilkes is second to Allred in both passing yards per game (287) and total yards per game (293).
The Boll Weevils defense isn't quite as dangerous as its quarterback, or at least hasn't been through the first five games. Arkansas-Monticello (2-3, 1-2 GSC) had given up at least 20 points in each of its first four games until last week's 27-14 win over Central Arkansas, which is still winless in conference play.
Hatcher, never one to take any team lightly, remembers how the Boll Weevil defense tightened up last season after the first 15 minutes of play. The Blazers jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter but didn't reach the endzone again until late in the third quarter and eventually scored 21 points in the fourth quarter to win 45-17.
"They're very physical," Hatcher said of the Arkansas-Monticello defense. "They like to mix up their blitzes and coverages to confuse you."
n Only two undefeated teams remain in the GSC after six weeks of play, Valdosta State and North Alabama.
North Alabama (5-0, 3-0 GSC), ranked third in the South Region poll, plays host to Ouachita Baptist today at 7 p.m. The Blazers and Lions meet Nov. 1 in Valdosta.
Central Arkansas, Valdosta State's opponent next week, hosts Southern Arkansas at 7 p.m.
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