Another late lead fell apart for Southeastern on Friday in a 37-27 loss to the Southwestern Bulldogs. SWOSU scored 17 points in the fourth quarter to overtake the Savage Storm.
Three Savage Storm players passed 60 yards rushing, but they could not overcome Ryan Corbin’s 164 yard receiving effort. The 6-foot-4 receiver scored three touchdowns for the Bulldogs.
“They throw the ball up high to him,” SE Coach Ray Richards said. “He’s a big kid and hard to tackle.”
SWOSU quarterback Dustin Stenta put up his usual big numbers: 26-for-37 passing for 352 yards and four scores. Stenta was on the wrong end of a fourth quarter sack by SE’s Logan Russell.
Nick Sioson was 21-for-39 passing for the Storm. He had 233 yards to go with one INT and one sack. Top receivers - each with five catches - were Anthony Foster (87 yards), Anthony Gale (86) and Kaymon Farmer (52).
On the ground, Ladarius Abrams led the Storm with 76 yards on six carries. Nelson Akinwande had 66 on 18 carries, while Devlon Wortham had 60 on eight carries.
Chance Grayson returned the opening kickoff 61 yards, but the offense had to settle for a 23-yard field goal which Chris Peoples missed. SWOSU struck first at 9:46 on a 14-yard pass from Stenta to Corbin.
A nice run from Foster on the Storm drive set up a five-yard rushing TD for Akinwande at 7:03. The game was tied 7-7 after one quarter.
SE took a 14-7 lead just moments into the second quarter on a 45-yard TD run for Abrams. The Bulldogs scored again but missed the point-after as SE clung to a 14-13 lead.
Foster scored at 1:38 on a short pass from Sioson to cap a 12 play, 57 yard drive. SE’s 20-13 lead lasted 20 seconds, as the Bulldogs’ Terrence Franklin took the kickoff return 97 yards for a score. The game was tied 20-20 at the half.
The Savage Storm defense blanked SWOSU in the third quarter, and got help from a friendly wind as punter Jared Heim put up a couple of his impressive kicks. He had five punts for 251 yards, including an eye-popping 65-yard punt.
Sioson connected to Foster on a 46-yard pass to grab the lead back 27-20 at the 4:37 mark. Things appeared to be going the Storm’s way after Russell’s fourth-quarter sack had the Bulldogs on their heels.
SWOSU settled for a 26-yard field goal on the drive and still trailed 27-23. But the Savage Storm offense lost momentum, and a penalty-riddled drive by the Bulldogs ended with Stenta finding Corbin again on an 8-yard pass to take the lead 30-27 at the 8:39 mark.
Sioson was intercepted on the next possession, and the Bulldog tandem of Stenta and Corbin capped off the ensuing drive with a TD that put the game out of reach 37-27 with less than five minutes to go.
Clay waters led the Savage Storm defense with nine tackles, while Chad Tucker and Greg Jackson had eight apiece. Ryan Feller collected 13 tackles for the Bulldogs (4-3).
Southeastern falls to 2-5 on the season and 2-4 in the Great American Conference. They will travel to Alva this Saturday for a 3 p.m. contest against Northwestern Oklahoma State Univ. (0-6).