Southeastern Wins Shootout

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DURANT, Oklahoma – In a high-scoring offensive showdown, it usually comes down to which team has the ball last. That proved true Saturday night at tv Sports reflection 10dbPaul Laird Field as Southeastern Oklahoma State’s Jake Walters made a 19-yard field goal as time expired to defeat the University of Arkansas-Monticello football team by a final score of 52-49.

Saturday’s game finished with nearly 1,200 yards of total offense combined between the two squads. Southeastern (1-1) outscored UAM (0-2) 28-14 in the first half, but it was the Weevils that held the scoring advantage in the second half 35-24. The third quarter alone featured 35 points combined. In that third period, UAM scored on all but one possession and also scored on defense on a 15-yard scoop-and-score by senior Mike Early.

Hunter Leppert made his return to the gridiron on Saturday. The 2011 and 2012 early-season starting quarterback for UAM missed the entire 2013 season due to his third knee injury. On Saturday, the Minden, Louisiana native went 23-for-32 through the air for 345 yards and three touchdowns. Two of his touchdown tosses went to junior Cody Bordelon in the second half, the first an 18-yard score to pull UAM to within seven points, and the second a 10-yard out pattern to tie the game at 42-all early in the fourth quarter. Leppert also added 64 rushing yards on just seven carries.

Bordelon finished the night with nine catches for 122 yards. Freshman JalenTolliver added five catches for 74 yards, senior Deadrien Terry had four for 96 and senior Rod Smith had four for 48. Smith added 90 yards on the ground on 19 carries with two rushing touchdowns.

Smith’s first rushing touchdown will make the highlight reel of the game, scampering 33 yards and breaking several tackles along the way to once again pull UAM to within one touchdown. His second score, a two-yard plunge to cap a nine-play, 75-yard drive tied the game at 49-all with 5:48 remaining in regulation.

UAM’s first score came on a five-yard sweep from senior Ivory Washington early in the second quarter to cut Southeastern’s lead to 14-7. Washington found the end zone again in the final minute of the first half on an eight-yard pas from Leppert to cap an eight-play, 62-yard drive. That finalized the first half scoring and put Southeastern up 28-14 at halftime.

Southeastern finished with a 616-557 edge in total offense. UAM won the passing battle 400-304, and Southeastern dominated the rushing category 312-157. Southeastern’s Ryan Polite had 304 passing yards and three touchdowns.

The Savage Storm posted a pair of 100-yard rushers, led by Ronnie Green at 141 yards off 25 carries.

The Weevils make their longest trip of the 2014 season next Saturday, September 20 to Alva, Oklahoma to face Northwestern Oklahoma State. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.

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