Blazers Shut Out Mississippi College 62-0 (from vstateblazers.com)

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VALDOSTA, Ga.  The Valdosta State offense scored on nine straight possessions while the Blazer defense limited Mississippi College to just 139 yards of total offense as VSU shutout the Choctaws 62-0 in Gulf South Conference football action at Robinson-Hale Stadium Saturday afternoon.

With the win, Valdosta State improved to 4-2 overall and 2-2 in GSC play while Mississippi College fell to 1-5 and 0-3.

After punting on its first drive and fumbling in the end zone on its second drive, Valdosta State scored on each of its last five possessions of the first half to build a 35-0 halftime lead.

On the third VSU drive of the game, Jake Medlock capped off a six-play, 80-yard drive with an eight-yard scoring run for the first points of the game. After forcing a Mississippi College punt, the Blazers again marched the length of the field to go in front 14-0 when Cedric O’Neal scored on a six-yard run with 13:09 remaining in the second quarter.

The third Valdosta State score of the game just over four minutes later when Austin Scott scored on a five yard run while Medlock threw for the final two scores of the half, the first on a 13-yard pass to Donovan Bolden while the second came with 1:09 to go in the half when he connected with Shane Henderson on a 51-yard pass.

While the Blazer offense tallied 386 yards of total offense in the first half, the defense was just as dominating as it allowed the Choctaws only 62 yards of total offense and only three first downs.

Valdosta State continued its scoring streak on its first four drives of the third quarter as Medlock connected with Chris Andersonon a seven-yard pass before exiting the game. Kaleb Nobles came in the game on the ensuing drive and directed a 7-play, 52-yard drive that ended with an 11-yard scoring run by Nick Davis. Eric Scott became the eighth Blazer of the day score on VSU’s third drive of the game when he ran from eight yards out a drive later.

While the Valdosta State offense clicked off touchdowns, the Black Swarm defense was just as effective as it did not allow Mississippi College past the 50 yard line until MC’s 11th drive of the game. The Choctaws also crossed the 50 on their 12thdrive, but did not get inside the Blazer 36 yard line during the game.

Medlock completed 19-of-20 passes in the game to set a new Gulf South Conference single game record for completion percentage at 95.0 percent. He passed for 248 yards and three touchdowns while also rushing for 35 yards and a score. O’Neal finished the game with 107 yards and a score on 11 carries while Austin Scott carried the ball eight times for 43 yards and a score. Bolden led the Blazer receivers with seven catches for 64 yards.

Valdosta State topped the 600-yard mark in total offense for the second straight week as it tallied 651 in the contest, including 344 rushing and 307 through the air.

Kenny Murphy led the VSU defense with seven tackles in the contest. The shutout marked the first for the Black Swarm since stopping Shorter 41-0 on September 21, 2013.

Valdosta State returns home next weekend for its final home contest of the 2014 regular season. The Blazers will play Shorter in a Gulf South Conference contest at 3:00 p.m. at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium. In addition to the VSU seniors being honored prior to the game, the contest will also feature Valdosta State’s Homecoming game.

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Local man has guns stolen during armed robbery

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Release from the Valdosta Police Department:

On October 15, 2014 at approximately 2:22 pm, the Valdosta Police Department responded to 4491 InnerPerimeter Road in reference to the report of an armed robbery that occurred in the 2300 block of Chattooga Drive.

Officers made contact with a 22-year-old man who indicated that an African American male pulled a handgun on him and stole his wallet and two handguns.

Detectives responded to investigate and are looking at persons of interest in the case. No one was hurt during the incident.

Anyone having any further information regarding this crime or any other crime is urged to contact the Valdosta Police Department at 229-293-3145 or can remain anonymous at 229-293-3091.

 

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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Celebrates Opening of Hill Avenue Overpass

 

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Gone are the days when hearing the train blow while driving along Hill Avenue in Valdosta resulted in a likely obstruction of vehicular and pedestriantraffic for several minutes or more.

The City of Valdosta and the Georgia Department of Transportation invite the public to attend the ribbon cutting of the Hill Avenue Overpass, onTuesday, Oct. 21, at 10 a.m.  The event, celebrating nearly three decades of planning, will be held on the east end of the overpass, in the parking lot of 610 W. Hill Avenue.  Ample parking is available near the event site at 602-606 and 509-511 W. Hill Avenue.

The $9 million structure, made from approximately 16,500 tons of asphalt, 5,000 cubic yards of concrete, and 115 tons of reinforced steel bars is a welcomed addition to the city in an area in which an average of 22 trains pass through each day.  Beginning Tuesday, motorists will be able to travel the 330-foot length of the bridge over the busy railroad tracks that symbolize our city’s roots and the continued prosperity of our area.

“According to traffic studies conducted by GDOT, roughly 18,775 vehicles a day are expected to travel east and westbound across the new overpass, and 26,875 vehicles a day on the same route are projected by the year 2034,” said Mayor John Gayle.  “While we celebrate our city’s past, present and future prosperity in regards to the railroad, the City of Valdosta is pleased with GDOT’s work on the overpass and for providing our citizens with a long-awaited solution to the train traffic on the west side of the city.”

The Hill Avenue Overpass project, which was completed within budget and two and a half months ahead of schedule, also features a sidewalk for pedestrians to travel safely across and adjacent frontage roads that allow access to businesses and homes in that area.

For more information, citizens may attend Tuesday’s event or contact the City of Valdosta Public Information Office at (229) 259-3548.

 

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