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UWA drops homecoming game to Ouachita Baptist University

By By Ryan Satcher /The Meridian Star
Oct. 28, 2001
LIVINGSTON, Ala. Ouachita (Ark.) Baptist University spoiled the University of West Alabama's Homecoming as it scored 31 first-half points and cruised to a 31-13 win here at Tiger Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Ouachita Baptist, now 1-6 in the Gulf South Conference and 2-6 overall, came out and scored on its first five possessions of the game. Donte Waldon scored three touchdowns and Steven Lowe ran for a 72-yard touchdown to help Ouachita Baptist earn its first GSC game of the year.
Ouachita Baptist scored the first 17 points of the game. Waldron got the visitors on the board with a 6-yard touchdown run. The run capped off an impressive 10-play, 66-yard drive.
After West Alabama fumbled the ensuing kickoff, Ouachita took the ball from the UWA 21 and scored three plays later. It was Waldron again as he carried the ball in from nine yards out to score the second Ouachita touchdown of the afternoon. The visiting Tigers added a 28-yard field goal by Justin Laird to close out the first quarter with a 17-0 lead.
West Alabama, 1-8 overall and 0-7 in league play, finally got on the board when Ben Thoma's 38-yard field goal topped off a 12-play, 42-yard UWA drive. Ouachita would answer just four plays later when Lowe took the handoff on third-and-21 and ran 72 yards for the touchdown with 10:42 left in the second quarter.
The Tigers of Ouachita took advantage of a short field after a 27-yard punt return by Jett Furneaux gave them the ball at the UWA 23. Three plays later, Waldron added his third touchdown of the game as he took the ball in from eight yards out to finish up the first-half scoring.
West Alabama came out in the second half and drove 65 yards to score a touchdown on its opening possession, cutting the lead to 31-10. The drive was capped off with a 10-yard touchdown run by Jerrell Davis. West Alabama added a 35-yard field goal by Thoma with 9:11 to play in the game to make the final score 31-13.
Waldron finished with 123 rushing yards to lead the Ouachita running attack. UWA was lead by 145 passing yards from quarterback A.J. Williams.
West Alabama played a much improved second half and shut out its GSC opponent in the third and fourth quarters, but was unable to make the comeback.
UWA will try to win its first GSC game of the year Saturday when the Tigers travel to Searcy, Ark., to play Harding University at 2 p.m.

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