SE Hosts Nationally-Ranked HSU on Saturday
by By Matt Thomas Southeastern
DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern will return home and look to get back in the win column by upsetting Great American Conference preseason favorite and No. 9-ranked Henderson State (Ark.) when the teams square off at Paul Laird Field on Sept. 21 at 6 p.m.
The Savage Storm are coming off a disappointing 42-34 loss on the road to Arkansas-Monticello which dropped them to 1-1 overall and 1-1 in league play, while the Reddies come to town at 2-0 and 1-0 in league play after a 75-14 win over McKendree.
SE has been solid on the offensive side of the ball, posting 491.0 yards per game of total offense, dividing it in a balanced fashion with the running game racking up 206.5 yards per outing on the ground, while the passing game has aired it out for an average of 284.5 yards per game.
The running game is powered by the explosive Devlon Wortham who has racked up 312 yards on the season and three TD’s and is averaging 10.8 yards per carry.
Meanwhile the air attack has been built on a pitch and catch between Nick Sioson and Anthony Foster. Sioson is 57-of-98 passing for 569 yards and five touchdowns, while Foster is the first receiver since 2009 to post back to back 100-yard receiving outings and has 221 yards and one TD through the air. He is joined by the duo of Anthony Gale and Kaymon Farmer who as the second and third ranked receivers on the stat sheet have combined for 22 catches, 234 yards and three scores.
Meanwhile the Storm defense has taken some lumps on the season and as a result opponents are averaging 46.0 ppg and 557 yards per game of total offense, the bulk of which is through the air at 392.5 ypg throwing the ball.
That does not mean the defense has not had its highlights, however, as the secondary duo of Eric Walker and Greg Jackson lead the defense in stops with 15 and 11, respectively.
Chad Tucker has an INT with a return for a score, while Raheem Wilson and Donnie Hamilton each added a pick.
SE special teams has seen an improvement through two games as Jared Heim is sixth in the nation in punting with a 45.92 yards per punt average with five 50-plus boots, a long of 63 yards and four planted inside the 20 yard line.
Additionally Chris Peoples has been money in kicking situations hitting 12-of-12 in PATs while adding his first two field goals of the season at UAM.
On the other side of the ball, HSU comes to town driving a steamroller after opening the year with an 82-10 win over Southern Nazarene and following it up with a 75-14 win.
The team is putting up 765 yard of offense per game, with 507 per outing coming through the air.
Quarterback Kevin Rogers leads the team with 848 yards passing on a 48-of-70 performance and is averaging 424 yards per game with 11 touchdowns and one interception.
All the air attack does not mean the Reddie runners have not gotten in some work as Ryan McDonald who leads trio of running backs with at least 100 yards rushing over two games.
In two games eight different defenders have amassed double-digit tackle numbers, led by Ricardo Mendez’s 18 stops. Four players have recorded a sack, while Tim Llewellyn has the team’s only pick.
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