Slumping Storm head to Alva to face hungry Rangers
by By Zach Maxwell Sports Reporter
For those feeling flustered at Southeastern’s 2-5 start to the football season, take heart: We’re not Northwestern.
For the second straight year, the Rangers are stuck in the chute with an 0-7 record. Last year, Northwestern won their final four games of the season to save face.
And that makes the Rangers are very dangerous win-less opponent for the Savage Storm. SE travels to Ada for a 3 p.m. Saturday game.
“I don’t take anybody lightly,” said SE Coach Ray Richards. “This is a must-win for us. It’s a long bus trip (to Alva) and not an easy place to play. It’s their homecoming. So we have to go play well, play our game.
“Their talent level is a lot better than it was a year ago,” Richards said. “I have a lot of respect for them. We need to go up there and play well. If we don’t, we can get beat.”
A year ago, Southeastern got the best of the Rangers in a 31-6 win in Alva, also at the Northwestern homecoming. This year, the Rangers are giving up 47 points per game while the Storm score 31 points per game. (Split the difference and the Storm should put up a 39 on Saturday.)
And while this year’s Northwestern team is not scoring as well as a year ago, they have scored 10 or more points in five of their seven games. The other two were shut-outs for Ranger opponents.
“I’m anticipating them throwing the ball a lot, but they are 50-50 this year between the run and the pass,” Richards said. “But when you throw the ball a lot, anything can happen. Good or bad.”
Southeastern is likely to mix it up as they have all season, with a keen eye on keeping turnovers to a minimum. Richards said he has been penalizing ball-handlers on-site during recent practices to “make them realize these mental mistakes are costly.”
“But when you lose, all you do is remember your mistakes,” he said. “You forget them if you win. As a coach, you constantly try to eliminate those and play with excellence.”
Go-to guys for the Savage Storm will include RB Devlon Wortham (97 yards per game on the ground) and WR Anthony Foster (100 yards per game in the air). Sophomore quarterback Nick Sioson is connecting on 57 percent of his passes this season.
DB Greg Jackson and LB Derek Ogg are out this week with injuries, and CB Raheem Wilson is questionable. Returning to the line-up this week will be CB Eric Walker, TE Xavier Smith and WR Chad Laury.
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