The University of Arkansas at Monticello football team closed out its 2014 season on Saturday with a 66-42 loss at home to Southern Arkansas in the third annual Battle of the Timberlands.
The game was the final collegiate contest for 19 UAM seniors, who were honored prior to kickoff.
SAU (5-5, 5-5 Great American Conference) out-dueled UAM (2-8, 2-8 GAC) in the final total offense numbers 482-443. The Weevils completed 22-of-48 passes for 391 yards, the second highest passing total for the team this season. UAM added 52 rushing yards on 28 attempts. The Muleriders completed 20-of-35 passes for 274 yards and added 208 rushing yards on 47 attempts.
UAM’s touchdowns came on a three-yard rush from senior Rod Smith at the 12:08 mark of the first quarter, a 13-yard pass from junior Hunter Leppert to junior Kevin Beckwith at the 2:39 mark of the first quarter, a 24-yard pass from Leppert to junior Cody Bordelon at the 10:59 mark of the second quarter, a 17-yard pass from Leppert to senior Ivory Washington with one second remaining in the first half, a 28-yard pass from Leppert to Bordelon at the 13:17 mark of the fourth quarter, a quarterback sack and safety by junior Marquis Rogers at the 9:55 mark of the fourth quarter and a five-yard rush from sophomore Brett Courville with 21 seconds remaining in the game.
SAU scored seven points in the first quarter, 28 in the second, 10 in the third and 21 in the fourth. The Muleriders were led by quarterback Si Blackshire, who threw for 274 yards and four touchdowns, while also rushing for 54 yards with two touchdowns.
Leppert finished the game 20-for-44 through the air for 374 yards with four touchdowns and four interceptions. Courville was 2-for-4 for 17 yards. Bordelon led the UAM receivers with a career-high 163 yards on just seven receptions for an average of 23.3 yards per catch.
Junior Trey Taylor added five receptions for 55 yards. Washington had four for 45, freshman Jeremy Jackson had two for 50, freshman Jalen Tolliver had two for 29, senior Deadrien Terry had one for 36 and Beckwith had one for 13.
Defensively, senior Keith Reynolds paced the team with 15 total tackles and pass breakup. Junior Marshall Everett added nine tackles and senior Louis Curry had six.