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UL bounces back against Panthers

Knights win 2015 Homecoming Game 35-7 over Perry

First Posted: 6:27 am - October 14th, 2015

By Wes McCard - wmccard@civitasmedia.com



Larry Stanford/The Thomaston Times Upson Lee junior Wyquavious Battle (above) scored two touchdowns in the Knights 35-7 victory over Perry. Battle scored on a 55-yard catch and a three-yard run.
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Upson Lee vs Perry Game Stats

Individual Stats

Rushing-

Kalen Puckett: 13 carries, 139 yards, 3 TDs

Wyquavious Battle: 7 carries, 71 yards, 1 TD

Quay Battle: 16 carries, 55 yards

Markevious Robinson: 8 carries, 39 yards

Kenny Richardson: 3 carries, 26 yards

Cameron Traylor: 1 carry, 3 yards

Mikey Smith, 1 carry, 3 yards

Passing-

Kalen Puckett: 9 att, 4 comp, 106 yards, 1 TD

Receiving-

Wyquavious Battle: 2 rec, 57 yards, 1 TD

Damian Leonard: 1 rec, 31 yards

Kendarious Traylor: 1 rec, 18 yards

Punting-

Kalen Puckett: 2 punts, 75 yards, 37.5 avg, long of 44

Team Stats

1st Downs: UL 20, PHS 10

Rushes: UL 53, PHS 35

Rush Yards: UL 330, PHS 87

Pass Att: UL 9, PHS 13

Pass Comp: UL 4, PHS 6

Pass Yards: UL 106, PHS 55

Total Offense: UL 436, PHS 142

Punts: UL 2, PHS 7

Punting Yards: UL 75, PHS 255

Punt Avg: UL 37.5, PHS 36.4

Penalties: UL 13, PHS 9

Penalty Yards: UL 128, PHS 90

Turnovers: UL 0, PHS 1

3rd Downs: UL 10, PHS 12

Erd Down ConvL UL 5, PHS 5

Rushing TDs: UL 4, PHS 1

Passing TDs: UL 1, PHS 0

Score: UL 35, PHS 7

Did You Know???

- Upson Lee’s record vs. Perry is now 2-0

- Upson Lee is now 19-5 in Homecoming games

- Upson Lee’s 128 penalty yards is the most in school history for a single game (127 vs Berkmar in 2009)

- Kalen Puckett’s 139 rushing yards is the first 100+ yard rushing game of his career, and combined with his 106 passing yards, it’s the first time he has ever rushed and passed for 200+ yards in a single game.

- Upson Lee has four 85+ yard scoring drives in the game

*Did You Know??? courtesy of Jim Fowler

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After a tough loss to West Laurens, the Upson Lee Knights bounced back for a big Region 2 victory over Perry Friday night, winning their 2015 Homecoming Game 35-7. The victory moves the Knights record to 5-1 on the season and 2-1 in Region 2 play.

The Knights exploded for 436 yards of offense, led by Kalen Puckett’s 139 yards rushing and 106 yards passing. The junior quarterback accounted for four touchdowns, rushing for three scores and passing for another.

“Even though Homecoming week is an exciting time, it’s full of distractions for the players,” said UL Head Coach Tommy Parks. “I was really proud of the way the guys were able to close out all of the distractions that come along with Homecoming. We started fast, ended strong, and got a big region win.”

Coming into the game, Upson Lee’s Quay Reviere had rushed for 788 yards and 13 touchdowns. The senior running back was held in check by Perry, rushing for only 55 yards on 16 carries, but the threat of Reviere in the backfield enabled Puckett to explode for his first 100+ yard rushing game of his career.

“I thought Puckett had a really good game,”said Parks. “It did not take long for Quay to figure out they were determined to focus their defense on stopping him, but he did so many things well without rushing for a ton of yards. We as coaches were talking in our meetings this weekend about how well he played. He ran the ball for a tough 55 yards, but he also had some tremendous blocks for us out there. He is the definition of a team player, and that makes me as proud as any of the other accomplishments he may earn this season.”

The Knights started off with two quick scores in the first quarter. Kalen Puckett faked a hand off to Reviere, tucked the ball and took off for a 59-yard touchdown run. Rich Stewart added the PAT, and with 4:50 left in the first quarter, Upson Lee led 7-0.

After a defense stop by the Knights, a defense which allowed under 100 yards rushing and 100 yards passing to the Panthers, the Knights took over on offense. The Knights started their drive on their own 15-yard line, and six plays later, Puckett hooked up with junior wide receiver Wyquavious Battle for a 55-yard touchdown pass. Once again Stewart added the PAT, and with 1:06 left in the opening quarter, Upson Lee led 14-0.

The Knights defense held Perry to just 142 yards of total offense, and forced the Panthers to punt the ball seven times in the game.

In the second quarter, the Knights mounted a very impressive 13 play-94 yard touchdown drive. Battle capped off the drive with a 3-yard touchdown run on a jet sweep. After Stewart’s PAT, UL held a 21-0 lead, a lead they would take into the locker room at half time.

Even with the 21-0 lead, the game was not the smoothest game for the Knights in the first half. The Knights set a school record with 128 penalty yards in the contest, accumulating 13 penalties. Perry also had their share of penalties, tallying 90 penalty yards on nine penalties.

“It was definitely a chippy game,” said Parks. “I’m not happy about the number of penalties, but I am happy we were able to overcome those mistakes and still earn the victory. We know that nine out of ten times you can’t have that many penalty yards and still win a football game.”

In the second half of the game, Upson Lee’s offense picked up where they left off in the second quarter. Kalen Puckett capped off the Knights’ shortest drive of the night, a 65-yard drive with a seven-yard touchdown run. Stewart added the PAT, and with 4:50 left in the third quarter, Upson Lee led 28-0.

The Knights defense continued to dominate the Panthers in the second half of the game, and by the fourth quarter, many of the starters were pulled for some younger players to get some time on the field.

The Knights added one more touchdown in the fourth quarter, and again it was Puckett who punched in the Knights’ last score on a 16-yard touchdown run. Upson Lee went 86 yards on 10 plays, to seal the victory. Perry added a late score on a five-yard touchdown run with just 1:09 left in the game.

The Knights will now turn their attention to the Mary Persons Bulldogs. The No. 4 state ranked Bulldogs are coming off of a 47-21 victory over Howard. Last season, Mary Persons shutout the Knights at Matthews Field 42-0, their worst loss of the season. The winner of the game next week will have great chance of making the playoffs.

Wes McCard can be contacted at 706-647-5414 or on Twitter @WesMc21.

Larry Stanford/The Thomaston Times Upson Lee junior Wyquavious Battle (above) scored two touchdowns in the Knights 35-7 victory over Perry. Battle scored on a 55-yard catch and a three-yard run.
http://thomastontimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_No.-5-Run.jpgLarry Stanford/The Thomaston Times Upson Lee junior Wyquavious Battle (above) scored two touchdowns in the Knights 35-7 victory over Perry. Battle scored on a 55-yard catch and a three-yard run.
Knights win 2015 Homecoming Game 35-7 over Perry

By Wes McCard

wmccard@civitasmedia.com

Upson Lee vs Perry Game Stats

Individual Stats

Rushing-

Kalen Puckett: 13 carries, 139 yards, 3 TDs

Wyquavious Battle: 7 carries, 71 yards, 1 TD

Quay Battle: 16 carries, 55 yards

Markevious Robinson: 8 carries, 39 yards

Kenny Richardson: 3 carries, 26 yards

Cameron Traylor: 1 carry, 3 yards

Mikey Smith, 1 carry, 3 yards

Passing-

Kalen Puckett: 9 att, 4 comp, 106 yards, 1 TD

Receiving-

Wyquavious Battle: 2 rec, 57 yards, 1 TD

Damian Leonard: 1 rec, 31 yards

Kendarious Traylor: 1 rec, 18 yards

Punting-

Kalen Puckett: 2 punts, 75 yards, 37.5 avg, long of 44

Team Stats

1st Downs: UL 20, PHS 10

Rushes: UL 53, PHS 35

Rush Yards: UL 330, PHS 87

Pass Att: UL 9, PHS 13

Pass Comp: UL 4, PHS 6

Pass Yards: UL 106, PHS 55

Total Offense: UL 436, PHS 142

Punts: UL 2, PHS 7

Punting Yards: UL 75, PHS 255

Punt Avg: UL 37.5, PHS 36.4

Penalties: UL 13, PHS 9

Penalty Yards: UL 128, PHS 90

Turnovers: UL 0, PHS 1

3rd Downs: UL 10, PHS 12

Erd Down ConvL UL 5, PHS 5

Rushing TDs: UL 4, PHS 1

Passing TDs: UL 1, PHS 0

Score: UL 35, PHS 7

Did You Know???

– Upson Lee’s record vs. Perry is now 2-0

– Upson Lee is now 19-5 in Homecoming games

– Upson Lee’s 128 penalty yards is the most in school history for a single game (127 vs Berkmar in 2009)

– Kalen Puckett’s 139 rushing yards is the first 100+ yard rushing game of his career, and combined with his 106 passing yards, it’s the first time he has ever rushed and passed for 200+ yards in a single game.

– Upson Lee has four 85+ yard scoring drives in the game

*Did You Know??? courtesy of Jim Fowler

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