By Randy Bruce
June 8, 2014
DURANT, Okla. - The NCAA and CBS Sports Network have released their slate of Division II contests which will be aired nationally which features Southeastern’s Sept. 18 trip to Henderson State which will be carried at 7 p.m.
The Thursday night contest will be the third game of the year for the Savage Storm who open on the road against Southern Arkansas on Sept 6 at 6 p.m. and follow with the home opener versus Arkansas-Monticello at 6 p.m. on Sept. 13.
“This is a great opportunity for our institution as well as our athletic department and football program to be showcased at a high level,” said Director of Athletics Keith Baxter.
“we are excited,” he continued, “And want to put our best foot forward. We appreciate commissioner [Will] Prewitt’s support to and push to have the Great American Conference showcased this way and we are proud to represent the GAC.”
SE’s road trip to HSU is a Thursday night contest, as are all seven games being carried by CBS Sports Network featuring Division II participants in 2014.
The 2013 meeting between the two teams in Durant was memorable as SE embraced the underdog role and nearly toppled the nationally-ranked Reddies.
Southeastern had upset on its mind when it took a four-point lead into the fourth quarter against No. 9 HSU, but some bad breaks in the fourth quarter saw the Savage Storm outscored 20-7 and the upset bid fell short in a 44-35 loss.
Despite giving up 513 yards and 44 points, the Storm defense held the Reddies to nearly half their scoring average coming into the game and 250 yards under their average yardage mark.
Meanwhile the SE offense was by far the most high-powered to have faced HSU thus far, doubling their average total yards allowed with 416 total yards, while nearly tripling their points allowed per game with 35.
Southeastern had its share of memorable performances as Nick Sioson out-dueled HSU’s All-American Kevin Rogers in the head-to-head comparison as Sioson completed 34-of-58 passes (58.6%) for a career-high 377 yards and four touchdowns, while Rodgers was 27-of-50 (54.0%) for 384 but just one touchdown after throwing 11 over his first two games of the season.
The SE offense broke five single-season school records in 2013, including the record for total offense set in 2004 by the program’s last playoff team. Last year’s squad turned in 4,895 total yards to break the old mark of 4,780. Both records were set in 11 game seasons and this season’s offense set the yards per game record at 445.0, passing the 2004 mark of 434.5.
SE also broke the total plays ran record of 810 during the 1995 season by running 947 in 2013.
The offense also broke the 1985 mark for passing attempts that was 468 by attempting 511 passes in 2013, while the 1985 completions mark of 258 was also passed this year with 289 completions.
Southeastern’s offense also had a trio of players reach records or milestones on the season.
Sioson set three school records in 2013, all held by Troy Taylor and set in the 1985 season. He snapped the old plays in a season mark of 509 by participating in 567 plays. He also set new marks in completions and attempts, with his 280 completions besting Taylor’s mark of 253 and his 493 attempts passing the old record of 453.
He also finished the year with 2,958 yards passing which places him second on the all-time single season yardage list, passing Drew Beard’s 2,945 yards put up in 2004.
Kaymon Farmer also posted a new school record by hauling 77 receptions on the season which passes Henry Hill’s record of 74 catches set in 1985.
At one point during the year-end contest against rival East Central, Farmer and Anthony Foster had both broken the record and were tied with 75 receptions.
Foster would finish the season at 75 catches for the year, but he did become just SE’s fourth 1,000-yard receiver and finished with the third-best season in school history with 1,036 yards.
Not to be outdone, Devlon Wortham turned in five 100-yard rushing contests in 2013 en route to becoming the eighth player to post a 1,000-yard rushing season, finishing the year with 1,119 yards which ties Scott Martin for the third-best single season rushing yardage total.
The 2013 season was the first time in school history that Southeastern has had a 2,000 yard passer, a 1,000 yard receiver and a 1,000 yard rusher in the same year.