Savage Storm 4-0 starts have been rare

Harold Harmon

Running back Kenneth Burks has been one of the catalysts in Southeastern’s 4-0 start to the season with 353 yards on the ground and four touchdowns behind some outstanding blocking including from Cole Harwell (44) during action last weekend.

Kevin Farr | Durant Democrat

How about that 4-0, Storm football fans?

It doesn’t happen that often, you know. Southeastern’s first recorded football season was 1909 and the team record was 4-2. Trivia question winner every time: Name the year every game ended in a shutout one way or the other.

Southeastern Normal scores from 1909: Austin College, 0-5; Northeastern State Normal, 10-0; Epworth University, 40-0; Oklahoma A&MCollege, 0-6; Denison Athletic, 6-0; East Central Normal, 6-0.

For the record, Southeastern finished as Oklahoma Normal champions under coach Paul Laird.

The record book shows four 4-0 starts, which coach Bo Atterberry’s club will make inaccurate with Saturday’s win at Northwestern.

As of now, there was a 4-0 start in 1912 when coach Laird’s team went 5-1 and won the Oklahoma Normal crown.

Coach Morris Sloan’s 1994 team was 4-0 en route to an 8-1-2 season, a co-championship of the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Conference and his second trip to the Aztec Bowl in Mexico City, where the Savages played the Mexico All-Stars to as politically correct 24-24 tie.

It was politically correct because Sloan’s Savages had posted a 22-10 victory in the 1989 Aztec Bowl and the home folks didn’t take too kindly to foreigners coming to their home turf and winning.

The first trip to the Aztec Bowl has the president of Mexico sending his personal plane to ferry Southeastern coaches and players and even me to Mexico City.

That big victory featured David Hall and Elmar Perry throwing players all over the place just like in games here at Laird Field.

It also featured a monumental effort by Bob Sullins to get KSEO-KLBC on the air so we could announce players’ heights and weights in something other than feet and inches and pounds.

The 24-24 tie in 1994 came with gun-toting soldiers all over the place and was an extremely prudent thing to do under the circumstances.

Coach Laird’s team posted a 5-0 start in a 6-3-1 season in 1914.

Coach Percy Godfrey’s 1923 bunch started 5-0 in a 10-1 campaign that ended with the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Athletic Association (OIAA) title. That season included a 1-0 victory over Oklahoma A&M, most likely a forfeit since it’s extremely difficult to score one point in football, at least as we know it today.

In 1946, coach Dave Stephens led his team to a 5-0 start, went 9-3 overall and claimed the Oklahoma Collegiate Conference championship.

Coach Keith Baxter, now Director of Athletics Keith Baxter, delivered a 4-0 start in 2002. He was 7-3 in his second season as head coach of the Savages.

Coach Atterberry is 4-0 and counting in 2017 as he prepares his team for Saturday’s Great American Conference contest at Northwestern, where Baxter was an outstanding quarterback and baseball player for the Rangers.

More trivia questions? Southeastern’s highest football score was 102-0 against Oklahoma City College in 1922 with a 7-1-1 and the OIAA championship season.

Southeastern blanked Tishomingo A&M 101-0 in the first game of the 1913 season as coach Laird’s team went 6-1-1 and won the Oklahoma Normal title.

SAVAGE STORM football is now ranked 27th in the American Football Coaches Association poll.

It’s amazing what a 4-0 start can do for a program. No telling where the ranking can go from here.

Southeastern has four remaining home games this year. Following the trip to Northwestern Saturday for an unusual 4 p.m. kickoff, the Storm will host Southwestern for Homecoming 2017 at 2 p.m. on October 7, Henderson State at 2 p.m. on October 14, Harding University at 2 p.m. on October 28 and end the regular season when East Central comes to town for a 2 p.m. start on November 11.

THE LATEST GAC standings show Southeastern and Arkansas Tech unbeaten at 4-0.

Ouachita Baptist is third at 3-1 and five teams – Arkansas-Monticello, Henderson State, Northwestern, Southern Arkansas and Southern Nazarene – are knotted at 2-2.

East Central, Harding and Southwestern are tied at 1-3 and Oklahoma Baptist is last at 0-4.

SOUTHEASTERN IS second in conference scoring at 40.2 points per game, trailing Arkansas Tech’s 41 ppg.

Northwestern is fourth in scoring at 34.2 points a game.

SE is second in scoring defense at 18.2 ppg and NW is eighth at 28.5.

Southeastern tops the GAC in total offense with 472.5 yards per game and NW is third at 413.8 ypg.

Southeastern is number one in passing at 267.2 and NW is eighth at 208.2. Pass defense has the Storm first at 148.2 and the Rangers ninth at 223.8 yards per game.

The Rangers are led by Isiah Weed (6-3, 177, junior quarterback from Bonney Lake, Washington, and Minot State), who has hit 60 of 94 passes for 778 yards, seven touchdowns and three interceptions. He has along pass of 57 yards and averages 194.5 yards per game

Peyton Jacobs (5-8, 178, redshirt-sophomore from Perkins, Oklahoma) is the top rusher with 50 carries for 263 yards, three TDs, 5.3 yards a pop, a long gain of 26 yards and a 65.25 average per game.

Weed has 51 rushes for 202 yards and six scores. He averages four yards a carry with a long run of 35 and a 50.5 game average.

Anthony Cota (6-2, 244, redshirt-junior from Manteca, California, and Modesto JC) has carried the ball 46 times for 256 yards andthree touchdowns, a 5.6 average with a long of 32 and 64 yards per game.

DaShawn Gordon (5-7, 147, senior from Long Beach, California, and Cerritos JC) is the leading receiver with 18 catches for 306 yards and two TDs and a long catch of 57.

Horatio Smith (5-9, 168, junior from Amarillo, Texas) has 14 receptions for 206 yards and a long of 47.

Blake Humble (6-0, 170, redshirt-sophomore from Woodward, Oklahoma) has punted 12 times for 537 yards for an average of 44.75 yards per kick, a long of 78 with five inside the 20 and five boots of 50-plus yards.

ROLLIN KINSAUL has stepped in at quarterback for the Savage Storm after the injury to C.B.Cantwell and done a tremendous job.

Kinsaul has connected on 46 of 72 passes for 556 yards, five touchdowns, one interception, and a 63.89 completion percentage. He has a long pass of 79 yards and averages 139 yards per game.

Kenneth Burks is the leading rusher with 73 attempts for 353 yards and four touchdowns. He averages 4.8 per carry with a long of 34 and averages 88.25 yards per game.

Rashod Polk (5-9, 182, freshman from Arlington, Texas) has carried 29 times for 236 yards, two touchdowns, 8.1 yards a carry with a long of 51 and a game average of 59.

Drake White leads the receivers with 14 grabs for 252 yards and two TDs. He averages 18 yards per catch with a long of 80 and 63 yards per game.

Jaylen Sims hs caught 18 passes for 236 yards and three touchdowns. He averages 13.1 per catch and 59 per game with a long of 39.

Joel Carlos has 16 punts for 648 yards, an average of 40.5 and a long of 56 yards. He has had 10 downed inside the 20 and two punts of50-plus yards.

O.J. Walker has six punt returns for 170 yards, a 28.3 average and a long return for a 93-yard touchdown.

SOUTHEASTERN and Northwestern kick off in Alva at 4 p.m. Saturday in another big conference shootout.

Make a note of the kickoff time – 4 p.m. is a bit unusual. If you’re not traveling, follow the action on Mix 96 at 96.1 on your FM dial.

Harold Harmon is the retired Sports Editor at the Democrat and Sports Information Director at Southeastern

Harold Harmon Harmon

Running back Kenneth Burks has been one of the catalysts in Southeastern’s 4-0 start to the season with 353 yards on the ground and four touchdowns behind some outstanding blocking including from Cole Harwell (44) during action last weekend. back Kenneth Burks has been one of the catalysts in Southeastern’s 4-0 start to the season with 353 yards on the ground and four touchdowns behind some outstanding blocking including from Cole Harwell (44) during action last weekend. Kevin Farr | Durant Democrat
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