VALDOSTA -- It took Valdosta State five games, over 65 minutes, to score a first quarter point. It didn't take nearly that long for the Blazers to put away Ouachita Baptist Saturday, 42-21, at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium.

Valdosta State quarterback Barrett Wilkes' day was done at the 10-minute mark in the fourth quarter after completing 23-of-34 pass attempts for 306 yards and four touchdowns. The Blazers (5-0, 3-0 Gulf South Conference) converted 10-of-11 third down attempts with Wilkes in and scored on their first five offensive possessions.

"It's really about being consistent on third down and we made the plays today," Wilkes said.

The win -- the 41st in head coach Chris Hatcher's four-year career, a new Valdosta State record -- kept the second-ranked Blazers atop the Gulf South Conference standings with North Alabama, who followed in Valdosta State's footsteps and rallied from a two-touchdown deficit at Southern Arkansas. UNA, also 3-0 in the GSC, won 21-14 on a pass play in the final minute.

Arkansas Tech, the other 2-0 team in GSC play, lost to Henderson State, 16-13, on Saturday.

Trailing 35-7, Ouachita knocked on the Blazers' door to start the fourth quarter. But again, the Tigers stalled out when quarterback Chris Lammers was stuffed on a sneak at the goalline on fourth down. Opponents are only scoring 56 percent of the time inside the Black Swarm redzone.

"We always practice with our backs against the wall," said Blazers' linebacker Jason Cost, who had six tackles on the day. "We're used to being in that type of situation."

The Tigers would later score in the fourth quarter with 9:54 to play on an 18-yard pass from Lammers to Slade Camp. Ouachita still trailed 35-14.

At the end of the first half, Ouachita ran out of time and timeouts in the Blazers' redzone and had to settle for a 32-yard field goal attempt. Valdosta State's Andre Zellner got a paw on Jack Byrd's kick and sent the Tigers into halftime trailing 28-7.

"It was a certain block [package] that we have," Hatcher said. "We went to try to block it up the middle because we knew their kicker kicked it a little low."

Wilkes connected on his third touchdown pass of the first half when he hit Raymond Thomas in stride for a 54-yard scoring strike with 5:52 to play before halftime. Will Rhody's point-after gave Valdosta State a 28-7 lead.

Ouachita Baptist (2-2, 1-2 GSC) stopped the Blazers on third down on Valdosta State's first possession of the second quarter, but the Tigers accepted a holding penalty and gave the Blazers another shot on third and 20. Wilkes made Oauchita

want to rethink that decision.

"Maybe they thought they had a chance to get us, but we burned them," Wilkes said.

The Blazers sophomore signal caller connected with Greg Lofton on third and long for a 45-yard touchdown pass on a skinny post. Rhody's extra point gave the Blazers a 21-7 lead with 10:38 remaining in the first half.

"I don't know what [Ouachita coach Todd Knight] was thinking there," Hatcher said. "It was big play at that juncture in the game."

Josh Holcomb's 35-yard run set Ouachita Baptist up with a first and goal at the Valdosta State 5-yard line at the end of the first quarter. The Blazers forced third and goal and the 1-yard line, but Holcomb found the endzone, only the fourth redzone touchdown scored on the Black Swarm this season. Byrd's extra point pulled the Tigers to within 14-7 with 13:26 to play in the first half.

After calling Valdosta State "very beatable" in the preseason, Tigers' running back Montoya Brown ran for 48 yards on 11 carries.

"I don't think he had a good day," Cost said. "Maybe he needs to think about what he says before he says it."

It took nearly 66 minutes of football, but the Blazers finally got first-quarter points. Valdosta State scored its first offensive touchdown of the year in the first quarter on Wilkes' 22-yard scoring strike on third down to Tyrone Jordan, who got away with a slight pushoff in the corner of the endzone.

The Blazers' all-conference, all-America running back Aaron Jenkins was held out of the game because of a few slight injuries he suffered a week ago at Southern Arkansas. Hatcher said Jenkins could have played if he was needed.

Valdosta State travels to Arkansas-Monticello next week.

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