LIVINGSTON, Ala. - West Alabama senior quarterback Deon Williams threw four touchdown passes and the Tigers held an overwhelming time of possession advantage in defeating Harding 33-19 on Thursday night at Tiger Stadium.
Harding (1-1) scored a touchdown on a 27-yard pass from junior Josh Powell to sophomore Kale Gelles on its first possession of the game, but West Alabama's defense held the Bisons to only two field goals until a late touchdown after the game was out of reach.
West Alabama (2-0) defeated Harding for the first time in the last seven meetings between the two teams. The Tigers had more than a 13-minute time-of-possession advantage.
The first and longest touchdown drive for West Alabama came with the Tigers down 7-3 in the second quarter. West Alabama drove 83 yards on 17 plays and ate up almost eight-and-a-half minutes on the clock before Williams hit Michael Townsend with a 25-yard touchdown pass.
Harding looked like it would answer back but senior Zac Ross, playing quarterback in the Bisons' "Wildcat" package through an interception near the West Alabama endzone.
Harding tied the game at 10-10 at halftime on a Micah Canterbury 40-yard field goal on the last play of the half and took a 13-10 lead on a 36-yard Canterbury kick with 6:51 left in the third quarter.
West Alabama's offense then over, scoring 24 straight points. Williams threw touchdown passes to Tery Levy, Gerald Worsham and Jason Hawkins. The Tigers also added a 35-yard field goal from Tyler Kimbrough.
Harding's final score came with 1:13 left on the clock as Powell connected with freshman Terrence Davis on a seven-yard touchdown pass.
West Alabama had the ball 36:42 to Harding's 23:18 and outgained the Bisons 384-355.
Williams finished 21-of-29 for 229 yards and four touchdowns. Powell completed 32-of-46 for 299 yards and two touchdowns.
Bison junior Dominic Blood rushed 10 times for 47 yards and had eight catches for 50 yards. Davis was Harding's leading receiver with seven catches for 92 yards and a touchdown. Davis started in place of the injured Kurt Adams, who should return next week as Harding hosts Southwest Baptist at First Security Stadium in Searcy.
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