Weevils Look To Extend Winning Streak

Courtesy of
Brian Ramsey

tv Sports reflection 10dbMONTICELLO – The University of Arkansas at Monticello football team will be seeking its third straight victory this Saturday, Sept. 28 when the team travels to Weatherford, Okla. to face off against the Southwestern Oklahoma State Bulldogs.

   Kickoff is at 6 p.m. at Fast Lane Field on the SWOSU campus. The game can be heard on the UAM Sports Network at KHBM-FM 93.7 and online at uamsports.com. The SWOSU Department of Athletics will also provide live streaming video and live statistics of the game. All game coverage links can be found at uamsports.com.

   Both teams are seeking win No. 3 of the 2013 season. The Weevils are 2-1 following back-to-back victories for the first time since the opening two weeks of the 2011 season. UAM most recently defeated Northwestern Oklahoma State last Saturday at home by a final score of 22-20, while SWOSU is also 2-1 following its first loss of the season, a 20-17 setback on the road against Southern Arkansas last Saturday.

   UAM head coach Hud Jackson visited with uamsports.com on Wednesday to recaplast week’s win over NWOSU and to preview this Saturday’s road game against SWOSU. The full interview can be viewed at the following link: http://youtu.be/LGfEF0HJocI.


   The UAM coaches are joining over 10,000 coaches and over 600 institutions across the nation to be supporting the Coach To Cure MD program this Saturday by wearing a Coach to Cure MD logo patch on their shirt sleeves on the sidelines. The Coach to Cure MD program is in its sixth-year of existence with its sole purpose of raising awareness and research funds for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, the most common fatal genetic disorder diagnosed during early childhood primarily in young boys across all races and cultures. Duchenne MD eventually causes loss of mobility, wheelchair dependency and a decline in respiratory and cardiac function. Fans are encouraged to join in for the cause by donating online at http://www.CoachToCureMD.org or by texting the word CURE to 90999. A $5 donation will be added to your next phone bill.

   The Weevils recorded the program’s first back-to-back victories since the first two games of the 2011 season with wins in each of the past two weeks, most recently a 22-20 win over NW Oklahoma State at Home. The week before, UAM snapped an 11-game losing streak with a 42-34 win over SE Oklahoma State at home. It marks the first time to win consecutive conference games since midway into the 2009 schedule.

   This Saturday’s road game against Southwestern Oklahoma State marks the second straight season for UAM to make the trip to Weatherford. Earlier this year, UAM made its third straight trip to Ada, Okla. in the season-opening loss to East Central. The GAC road destinations have not been kind to UAM third-year head coach Hud Jackson, who is still seeking his first win away from Convoy Leslie Cotton Boll Stadium.

   The UAM defense forced turnovers on Northwestern Oklahoma’s final two offensive drives to seal a 22-20 victory over the Rangers this past Saturday at home. NWOSU gambled on a reverse for the first turnover, fumbling inside UAM territory. Sophomore cornerback Demarcus Robinson snatched away the final turnover, picking off an L.T. Pfaff pass with three minutes remaining in regulation. The low-scoring affair was finalized with a 43-yard field goal from the leg of freshman kicker Jamie McGee. The back-and-forth game had seven lead changes. NWOSU outgained UAM 399-324 in total offense and also held a 155-75 edge in rushing. UAM held a slim margin in passing yards 249-244. The Weevils used three quarterbacks in the win, led by Colton Morrison at 18-of-32 for 120 yards. Cody Trimble also eclipsed 100 yards, going 6-for-10 with 111 yards,including a screen pass to Jamal Nixon, who reversed field and ran 76 yards for a touchdown. Freshman Brett Courville completed one pass for 18 yards, and also added 25 rushing yards on seven carries, including an eight-yard touchdown run. UAM had two defenders reach double-digits in tackles, led by Anthony Hughes with a GAC season-high 13 tackles. Calvin Ursin totaled 10 tackles, including one sack and two tackles for losses. The GAC’s leading tackler, Keith Reynolds, finished with nine tackles.

   UAM enters this weekend’s game against SWOSU ranked in the top five of 14 different Great American Conference stat categories. The team ranks second in the league and 12th in the nation in fumbles recovered with five through the first three games of the season. The Weevils have a total of nine forced turnovers, which ranks 11th in the nation and second in the GAC. The team ranks third in the league and 19th in the nation in protecting the quarterback, giving up less than one sack per game. UAM continues to emphasize avoiding penalties, ranking second in the league in both fewest penalties and fewestpenalty yards per game.

   True freshman kicker Jamie McGee is the reigning Great American Conference Special Teams Player of the Week after tying the league and school record with three made field goals in last Saturday’s win over NWOSU. The Lake Charles, La. native made a 32-yarder at the 11:35 mark of the first quarter to open the scoring, added a 23-yarder at the 6:15 mark of the third quarter to give UAM a 19-14 lead and finalized the scoring with a career-high 43-yarder at the 10:03 mark of the fourth quarter to finalize the scoring at 22-20 and give UAM its second straight victory.

   Freshman kicker Jamie McGee is on pace to break the school’s record for field goals made in a season. He has been successful on all six of his attempts this season. He leads the GAC and ranks seventh in all of NCAA Division II with an average of two made field goals per game. If that average holds, he will surpass Kevin Craft’s UAM record of 15 made field goals in the 1999 season.

   UAM has started the 2013 season with an average of 9.3 tackles for losses per game, which leads the GAC and ranks 16th in the nation. The Weevils have a total of 28 TFLs, led by junior Shittu Salami with 6.5 tackles for a combined loss of 30 yards. His average of 2.2 TFLs per game leads the GAC and ranks 14th in the nation.

   Southwestern Oklahoma State was handed its first loss the 2013 season this past Saturday with a 20-17 setback to Southern Arkansas on the road. SWOSU enters Saturday’s game against UAM with a 2-1 record after opening the season with wins over Harding (27-23) and Arkansas Tech (28-17). The Bulldogs are led by quarterback Dustin Stenta ranks fourth in the GAC with an average of 252 passing yards per game and 19th in the nation with eight passing touchdowns throughout the first three games of the season. He has also proven to be a dual threat quarterback with a total of 170 rushing yards this season, leading to a national ranking of 28th in total offense per game at 309 yards per game. SWOSU leads the league and ranks fifth in the nation in sacks allowed. The Bulldog defense is led by Kale Sawatzky and Ryan Feller with 22 tackles each. SWOSUranks near the bottom of the GAC and 132nd nationally in kickoff return yards allowed, giving up nearly 24 yards per return.

   UAM is led by third-year head coach Hud Jackson, who has compiled an 8-17 record on the green and white sidelines. Prior to taking over at UAM before the 2011 season, Jackson served the previous six seasons as associate head coach at Central Arkansas following a 13-year high school coaching career in the state of Louisiana. SWOSU is led by Dan Cocannouer, who has totaled a 14-32 record in his fifth season with the Bulldogs. A 1978 SWOSU graduate, Cocannouer branded himself as one of the most successful high school coaches in the state of Oklahoma with 20 years as a head coach, most recently at Edmond Santa Fe HS.

   The Weevils are back at home next Saturday, Oct. 5 to face off against in-state conference rival Arkansas Tech. Tech is currently in a three-way tie for third place in the GAC along with UAM and SWOSU, all three sitting at 2-1. The Wonder Boys head to the bayou to take on NCAA Division I Nicholls State this Saturday in Thibodaux, La.


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