The University of Arkansas at Monticello football team could not overcome five first-half turnovers, including interceptions on the first three offensive drives, resulting in a 37-21 loss to No. 4 Henderson State at home on Saturday night in the final home game of the 2013 season.
The Reddies (9-0, 8-0 Great American Conference) scored on a 43-yard touchdown run two plays after the first interception, returned the second interception 69 yards (Gary Vines) for a touchdown and went up 17-0 on a 39-yard field goal by Charles Gonsalvez six plays following the third interception.
Two of HSU’s next two scores in the first half also followed interceptions. The fourth interception of the game preceded a five-yard touchdown run by HSU’s Daniel McCoy to cap a four-play, four-yard drive that put the Reddies up 24-0.
Gonsalvez added his second and third field goals of the first half to put HSU up 30-0 with 6:24 remaining in the second quarter.
UAM’s defense joined in on the interceptions to reach the scoreboard on a 61-yard interception return for a touchdown by sophomore Demarcus Robinson with just over one minute remaining in the first half, sending the teams into the locker room with HSU up 30-7.
After HSU’s Al Lasker returned a punt 63-yards for a touchdown to open the second half scoring, UAM (5-4, 4-4 GAC) scored 14 unanswered points to close out the game, both scoring drives ending with sophomore Nick Williams plunging in for one-yard touchdown rushes. For the first score, Williams’ touchdown capped an 18-play, 75-yard drive that used 5:15. The second scoring drive went 16 plays and 94 yards, while using 6:45.
UAM’s defense became the first unit this year to hold Henderson State to less than 40 points. UAM also limited HSU to 346 yards of total offense. The Reddies were averaging over 576 yards of offense per game entering Saturday’s contest.
The Weevils’ defense was paced by junior Keith Reynolds, who totaled a game-high 12 tackles. Junior Jalen Garmon added 11 tackles, an assisted sack and 1.5 tackles for losses. Junior Louis Curry also reached double-digits offensively with 10 tackles.
Williams ended the game with 20 carries for 87 yards, averaging out to 4.4 yards per carry. After throwing three early picks, sophomore quarterback Cody Trimble settled down to complete 23-of-41 passes for 182 yards. His favorite target was junior Skyler Scott with eight receptions for 78 yards.
The Weevils hit the road for the final two weeks of the season, starting next Saturday, November 9 at Ouachita Baptist. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. in Arkadelphia.