ALVA – Despite a 186 yard rushing performance by Devlon Wortham, Southeastern came out on the short end of a 25-21 loss on the road to Northwestern Oklahoma State on Saturday afternoon in Alva.
The loss drops the Savage Storm to 2-6 on the season overall and 2-5 in Great American Conference play, while the Rangers improve to 1-7 and 1-7 in league play.
Wortham and the SE running game was the lone bright spot on the day with 284 total rushing yards on the strength of Wortham’s 186 yards which came on 21 carries and accompanied a pair of touchdowns. He averaged 8.8 yards per carry, while SE runners averaged 6.2 ypc as a whole.
Ladarius Abrams added 79 yards on the ground on 16 carries.
Nick Sioson tossed for 179 yards and one touchdown on 16-of-28 passing.
As a whole the offense racked up 463 yards, but as a team the Storm committed 22 penalties for a debilitating 205 penalty yards.
However, NWOSU also tallied 471 yards of total offense, including 307 yards rushing.
The Rangers jumped in front on a Jarion Tudman one yard TD run, but the lead was just 6-0 after a missed PAT.
With 5:26 to go in the first SE would respond with a Wortham 32 yard run and the Chris Peoples PAT would put the Storm in front 7-6.
NWOSU, however, would have the last word of the first half when Reid Miller hit Reginald Harris for a 20 yard touchdown pass with 10 seconds to play in the half. A missed two-point conversion try would leave the score 12-7 at the half in favor of the Rangers.
Sioson would find Farmer for a 22 yard TD strike midway through the third quarter to regain the lead at 14-12, but it would be relatively short lived as Tudman would cap the ensuing NWOSU drive with a 31 yard score on the ground and SE would trail 14-19.
Wortham would waste little time capping the ensuing Storm drive by taking the fourth play 62 yards to the house to take a 21-19 lead with 2:25 to play, but Miller would answer on the second play of the next drive with a 65 yard run to make the score 25-21 with 1:19 to go in the third.
Southeastern’s next drive would plow all the way down to the Ranger seven yard line, but would end without points as a fourth-down pass would fall incomplete and SE would only have one other fourth quarter possession, but was held to a three-and-out.