The University of Arkansas at Monticello football team defeated Great American Conference opponent Southwestern Oklahoma State in a game where the Weevils were not just battling the Bulldogs, but the weather as well.
Final score in this match-up was 35-28 in favor of the Weevils.
UAM (1-1) and SWOSU (0-2) each endured multiple lightning delays throughout this contest which saw the game stretched out, along with kick-off being delayed 15 minutes due to the weather. Despite a wet playing surface, the Weevils were able to emerge victorious in the 2016 home opener at Willis “Convoy” Leslie Cotton Boll Stadium.
Arkansas-Monticello trailed Southwestern Oklahoma State through the first quarter. A quick score to open the second quarter as Cole Sears found the end-zone on the ground pulled the home team within one point at 7-6. UAM had an answer for every SWOSU score in the second quarter as Sears hit Jalen Tolliver in the end-zone for the 14-yard pitch and catch, with a converted two point try after, evened the game up at 14-14 at the 3:02 mark. UAM capped off the opening half with a 34-yard punt return touchdown by Kevin Fitzpatrick which gave the Weevils the 21-14 advantage.
The second half saw SWOSU and Arkansas-Monticello trading scores once again with Sears connecting with Tolliver yet again and Sears finding the end-zone one more time on the ground early in the fourth quarter giving the Weevils a 33-21 lead with 14:24 left in the match-up. The defense of UAM came up big late in the fourth, getting pressure on the Bulldog quarterback and eventually causing a safety resulting in two points for the Weevils. A final defensive stop for Arkansas-Monticello with under a minute remaining in the game sealed the victory for the home team at 35-28.
Leading the Weevil offense was wide receiver Jalen Tolliver who finished the game with 11 total catches for 134 yards and two touchdowns.
Quarterback Cole Sears led the UAM passing attack going 14 of 27 for 160 yards and two touchdowns through the air. Sears also turned in 26 yards on the ground and two rushing touchdowns. Imani Riley led the rushing game with 25 total carries for 86 yards and Jeremy Jackson added 71 rushing yards of his own on 18 overall carries.
Defensively Arkansas-Monticello was led by Scooter Jones as he totaled seven tackles on the night along with one pass broken up. Marshaud Melancon added one tackle of his own along with one interception and one quarterback hurry.
Next up for Weevil Football will be Great American Conference opponent Arkansas Tech University, on Saturday, September 17 in Russellville, Arkansas with kick-off scheduled for 6 p.m.