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Column: Blazers’ success married to Beau’s endurance

The Blazers need Beau Justice to shine in the second half of their season. This season, VSU men’s basketball entered the year as the favorited team in the Gulf South Conference and the No. 11 team in the nation. They clawed their way to No. 5 in the nation before falling completely out of the top 25. The Blazers opened ...

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Blazers name Goff as new head coach

Valdosta State Athletics has announced Gary Goff as the new head coach of VSU Football after reports of Goff’s hiring circulated on Thursday afternoon. Goff is a VSU alum who helped carry the team to a 1996 Gulf South Conference championship and the No. 1 ranking in the nation during the 1996 regular season. He has been the coach of ...

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What’s Your Take: How VSU became the best in the nation

The Valdosta State Blazers are now national champions and the kings of Division II football after Head Coach Kerwin Bell’s third season. This football program seemed to have transformed into a powerhouse overnight following a floundering 5-4 finish in 2017, and to their credit, they kind of did. At the end 2017, Bell knew a few things: Rogan Wells was ...

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Five takeaways from a historic Blazers season

The Blazers cemented their legacy as possibly the greatest VSU football team in school history after capturing the NCAA Division II National Championship Saturday. But their work isn’t over. This is chapter one of the new dynasty that has taken over Titletown. Here’s five things we learned this year: Don’t Disrespect The Blazers We all remember when the Blazers weren’t ...

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Notebook: Blazers top performances of championship run

Kerwin Bell’s Blazers set fire to the football field this season. Going undefeated for the first time in program history –they torched teams on both sides of the ball during this national championship run. It’s hard to say that one performance holds more weight than another when a team goes undefeated but these were the games that made the Blazers season ...

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Flying under the radar: Black Swarm has one more test

There is an old adage that states “The best defense is a good offense” but in VSU’s case, they have both. The Blazers offense has ascended to ranks that few teams ever achieve. They average 52.2 points per game through 13 games which makes them the highest scoring offense in the nation. They broke the record for highest scoring team ...

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Defense, special teams lift Blazers over Falcons

Book the tickets to Texas. Valdosta State defeated Notre Dame of Ohio in the Division II playoffs semifinal 30-24 to advance to the national championship. In the most grueling offensive game yet the Blazers found a way to rise once again. The Falcons forced the Blazers to tally a season low 329-yards of total offense as the Blazers were disrupted ...

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Blazers need ‘Black Swarm’ to best Falcons

Let’s take a walk through history. A team goes undefeated in the most vaunted football conference in the nation. Breaks the single season scoring record in that conference and is the nation’s top scoring offense. In post season action they outscore opponents by a margin of 127-37 and the team still hasn’t played their best football yet. At least not ...

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What’s Your Take: The ‘Bama of Division II

Midway through the season I predicted that the 5-0 Blazers would run the table and finish the regular season undefeated. I was right, but if you watched the team, you’d know that my Running the Table column was just stating the foreseeable future. Now Valdosta State is preparing to light up the scoreboard again when they face Notre Dame of Ohio ...

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Blazer football ‘can’t be stopped’

What many thought would be a nail biting shootout turned out to be another run of the mill game for the undefeated Valdosta State Blazers. VSU advanced to the NCAA Division II quarterfinals after their 66-16 victory over the Bowie State Bulldogs. The first quarter was a slow one as VSU seemed to have just rolled out of bed, still ...

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