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Both teams hold a 6-4 overall record.

After a big 51-29 win over ULM on Saturday which secured a bowl nod, the Georgia Southern football team hopes to keep the momentum going when they travel to Arkansas State this weekend.

The RedWolves also hold a 6-4 overall record, 4-2 in the conference. They are currently sitting at second place in the Western division behind Louisiana, while GS is in second place in the Eastern division behind rival Appalachian State.

“I think in the Sun Belt, everytime you play a football game, you better be ready to go,” Head Coach Chad Lunsford said. “This is Division I football...sometimes when you have injuries, depth can become an issue. The thing I’m proud about with our guys is...if our starters go down, our backups believe they can go out there and do the job.”

Redshirt-junior quarterback Shai Werts had a season-high performance against the WarHawks where he passed for 80 yards, the second-most of the season, and rushed for two touchdowns. Junior running back J.D. King has accumulated 669 yards this season

The RedWolves are led by redshirt-freshman quarterback Layne Hatcher, who has thrown 17 touchdowns. The pass-heavy offense has seen much success this season and the team is on a three game winning streak. 

Hatcher has been sacked 20 times this season but redshirt-senior wide receiver Omar Bayless has picked up the slack. He is responsible for 13 touchdowns so far this season and broke the single-season Sun Belt touchdown record with this number.  

This matchup will be just the second time that GS has played in the Natural State, with the last meeting resulting in a one-point loss for the Eagles in 2016.

The game can be viewed on ESPN+ at 3 p.m.

Amanda Arnold, The George-Anne Sports Editor, gasports@georgiasouthern.edu

 

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