Weevils Set For Final Road Trip

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MONTICELLO – The University of Arkansas-Monticello’s football team heads to Arkadelphia this Saturday, Nov. 1 to face off against two-time defending Great American Conference champion and 14th-ranked Henderson State.

tv Sports reflection 10dbKickoff is set for 3 p.m. at Carpenter-Haygood Stadium. The game can be heard on the UAM Sports Network at KHBM-FM 93.7 in Monticello and online at uamsports.com. Henderson State will also provide live statistics and live streaming video. All links to live coverage can be found at http://www.uamsports.com/coverage.aspx.

The Weevils are set for their final road trip of the 2014 season this Saturday against 14th-ranked Henderson State. Kickoff is at 3 p.m. at Carpenter-Haygood Stadium, home to the two-time defending GAC champion Henderson State Reddies. UAM has played in four road games this season, all but last week resulting in a loss. This Saturday’s trip to Arkadelphia is the shortest journey for the Weevils this year.

The Weevils ended a streak of 22 consecutive losses away from Willis “Convoy” Leslie Cotton Boll Stadium with a 44-37 victory over Southern Nazarene last Saturday in Bethany, Oklahoma. After leading by a score at halftime, the Weevils and Crimson Storm exchanged blows in the second half, with UAM using a 40-yard touchdown pass from Hunter Leppert to Trey Taylor with 7:27 remaining in the contest to take its final lead. SNU had previously fought back from a pair of two-touchdown deficits to force a tie with just over 10 minutes remaining in regulation. It was UAM’s second longest game of the year by just one minute at three hours, 25 minutes. UAM’s shootout loss to Southeastern Oklahoma State earlier in the year went 3:26.

Long-time conference foes UAM and Henderson State meet on the football field for 78th time this Saturday in Arkadelphia. The Reddies have built a 44-31-2 all-time lead in the series, including wins in each of the past four meetings. The last UAM win came in a 51-48 shootout victory in Arkadelphia during the 2008 season. Last year, HSU took advantage of five UAM turnovers in the first half, three coming on UAM’s first three offensive drives, to beat the Weevils 37-21 in Monticello to spoil UAM’s Senior Day. The UAM-HSU series dates back to 1914

UAM enters Saturday’s game against Henderson State with a 2-5 overall record and the same mark in Great American Conference games following its 44-37 road win over Southern Nazarene last Saturday. The Weevils rank in the lower half of most GAC statistical categories, but lead the league in pass defense, while ranking third in turnover margin and fourth in pass offense. Junior quarterback Hunter Leppert turned in his third 300-yard passing performance of the season in last week’s win over Southern Nazarene with 323 yards and three touchdowns on 20 completions. Junior receiver Cody Bordelon made a splash in his return to the field following a two-week absence due to injury. Bordelon hauled in three catches for 103 yards, including a 74-yard touchdown catch-and-run for UAM’s longest pass completion of the year. Trey Taylor, Ivory Washington and Deadrien Terry also touchdown catches. Steven Richmond and Brett Courville each added a rushing touchdown in the win. Richmond netted 52 rushing yards on 13 carries in his first start at running back. Defensively, Mike Early continues to produce for UAM by adding his third and fourth interceptions of the year in the win over SNU. Demarcus Robinson also had an interception in last Saturday’s win. Andrew Jackson paced the UAM defense last week with eight tackles and one quarterback sack… Overall this season, Leppert has thrown for 1,503 yards with 10 touchdowns and just one interception. He ranks third in the GAC in passing yards per game and fourth in total offense. Despite missing the SNU game, senior running back Rod Smith still leads the team with 395 rushing yards on 113 carries. The Dumas, Arkansas native’s playing status is day-to-day due to a knee injury. Deadrien Terry leads the UAM receiving corps with 31 receptions for 421 yards. Defensively, senior Anthony Hughes leads the squad with 42 tackles. Louis Curry trails closely with 40 tackles, while also leading the team with nine tackles for losses and 4.5 quarterback sacks. Curry ranks fifth in the GAC in sacks and seventh in TFL. Senior Mike Early has defended 10 passes this year, including four interceptions. He ranks second in the GAC in both categories.

Henderson State slipped from No. 4 in the nation to No. 14 following its first Great American Conference loss since 2011 with a 28-24 setback to Harding at home last Saturday. The Reddies enter Saturday’s game against UAM with a 7-1 overall record and a 6-1 mark in GAC games. HSU led Harding 24-13 at halftime, but the Bisons held the Reddies scoreless in the second half to earn the road win. Harding limited HSU’s high-powered offense to just six minutes of possession time in the second half and only 16 minutes for the entire game… Before losing to Harding last Saturday, the Reddies had recorded wins over Southern Nazarene (72-7), Nicholls State (27-10), Southeastern Oklahoma State (60-17), East Central (44-27), Northwestern Oklahoma State (63-14), Southwestern Oklahoma State (28-14), and Arkansas Tech (24-3)… The Reddies rank near the top of most GAC stat categories. HSU ranks second in the league in scoring, second in scoring defense, second in total offense, second in total defense, third in rushing defense, first in pass offense, third in pass defense, first in pass efficiency, first in sacks, first in first downs, second in red zone offense and third in red zone defense, among others… Individually, quarterback Kevin Rodgers and receiver Darius Davis are among the league leaders in offense. Rodgers leads the GAC in total passing yards, passing yards per game and passing touchdowns. Davis leads the league in pass receptions, receiving yards, receiving touchdowns and scoring. Davis averages 10.5 points scored per game. Defensively, Josh Davis leads the way with 51 tackles. Josh Davis and Glennon Bobo each have three sacks this season on a team that leads the league in the category.

– UAM ranks 5th in the nation with only three interceptions thrown this year.
– UAM ranks 10th in the nation with an average of just 156 passing yards allowed per game.
– UAM ranks 22nd in the nation in turnover margin (+1 per game).
– UAM ranks 17th in the nation in turnovers lost (11 total).
– UAM’s Mike Early is one of only four players in the nation with two KO returns for TDs.
– UAM’s Mike Early ranks 19th in the nation with 4 interceptions this year.
– UAM’s Hunter Leppert ranks 29th in the nation averaging 21.7 completions per game.
– HSU has outscored its opponents 342-120 this year.
– HSU has outscored its opponents 113-16 in the 1st quarter and 84-31 in the 4th quarter.
– HSU has only lost three fumbles this season, ranking 7th in the nation.
– HSU has completed 67.5 percent of its passes this season, ranking 7th in the nation.
– HSU ranks 5th in the nation in fourth down conversions (9-for-12 / 75 percent).
– HSU kicker Houston Ray ranks 8th in the nation in field goals per game (1.63).
– HSU QB Kevin Rodgers ranks 5th in the nation with 25 passing touchdowns.
– HSU WR Darius Davis ranks 7th in the nation at 114.5 receiving yards per game.

The Weevils return to Monticello for the final two games of the 2014 season, starting next Saturday, November 8 against Ouachita Baptist. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. at Willis “Convoy” Leslie Cotton Boll Stadium.

The Hud Jackson Show airs each Monday night from 6-7 p.m. at La Terraza Restaurant in Monticello. The show is broadcast live at KHBM-FM 93.7 and online at uamsports.com. The weekly UAM football luncheon is each Tuesday at noon at the Monticello Country Club. The public is invited to attend both sessions. La Terraza’s full menu is available during the show, and there is a buffet lunch available at the Monticello Country Club for $10 per person.


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