Football returns home for ‘Stormcoming’ game
by By Zach Maxwell Sports Reporter
Savage Storm fans are in for a memorable “Stormcoming” weekend.
The new mascot will make its first actual appearance tonight at an evening rally at the Southeastern amphitheater, across from the Choctaw/Chickasaw Towers. An actual person in a bison costume will be at several big weekend events.
And the newly named mascot will make its first game appearance on Saturday at 2 p.m. as Savage Storm football welcomes Texas A&M-Commerce to Paul Laird Field.
In addition to all the mascot hoopla, alumni events, Homecoming parade and selection of the “Big Man on Campus” and a queen… There will be a football game.
Coach Ray Richards and his Savage Storm are licking their wounds after last week’s loss to Ouachita Baptist. The Lions (2-2) are also on a downward slide, having lost two straight and scoring fewer points with each passing game.
Southeastern (1-3) will look to take advantage of that trend and keep TAMC points on that downward spiral. It will be a good chance for the Storm defense, currently allowing 45 points a game, to get back on track.
“We made some mental mistakes and those turn into big plays (for opponents),” Richards said. “Then last week we had 14 missed tackles. So it’s a combination of people not making plays and those mental mistakes.”
Despite having “a bunch of guys banged up,” Richards said most of those players are “probable” to play Saturday. They are likely to see a potent quarterback/receiver tandem out of the Lions.
“We think they will throw the ball a lot, they are very effective at it,” he said. “They have big play capabilities. They are very similar to what we saw against Henderson State.”
Texas A&M-Commerce comes in as the only non-conference game on the schedule for Southeastern - but Richards says it is “no breather.”
“They’re not the same team from a year ago. Basically, they cleaned house,” he said. “But we need a win. IF we can eliminate our turnovers and get some big plays on defense, we become a really good football team.”
Last week’s seven turnovers shadowed 468 yards of total offense. Richards was also concenred about a large number of dropped passes in recent games.
Freshman Raheem Wilson filling in at the corner and O-line specialists Adrian Adams and Greg Lunsford were deserving of recognition for their silver lining performances last week, Richards said.
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