No. 14 Harding scored two touchdowns in every quarter and took advantage of six fumble recoveries to defeat the University of Arkansas at Monticello football team on a rainy Saturday afternoon by a final score of 55-15.
The Bisons (5-0, 5-0 Great American Conference) took a 21-0 lead with a 15-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown by Lou Daranda at the 14:43 mark of the second quarter. The Weevils answered by scoring 15 points unanswered in the second quarter to pull the game to within six points with just over six minutes remaining in the opening half.
UAM’s first touchdown came on a 39-yard run by freshman Jeremy Jackson at the 12:08 mark, followed by a seven-yard touchdown pass from junior Hunter Leppert to senior Deadrien Terry at the 8:18 mark. The extra point was blocked to put Harding up 21-13. UAM’s next score came by way of a team safety when a bad snap sailed over Harding punter Tristan Parsley, who then kicked the ball out of the back of his own end zone. That finalized UAM’s scoring in the contest.
Harding went on to score 34 unanswered points throughout the remainder of the game, all on rushing touchdowns.
The Bisons completed only one pass in the game, which was for negative yards, but the team put together 454 rushing yards on 72 attempts for an average of 6.3 yards per carry. Romo Westbrook led the way for Harding with 22 carries for 150 yards. Harding quarterback Keenan Kellett had three rushing touchdowns on nine carries for 37 yards.
UAM’s Jackson led the team on rushing yards with just three carries for 45 yards, including his 39-yard score. Senior Rod Smith added 11 carries for 36 yards.
Leppert finished the game 27-for-36 through the air for 199 yards and one touchdown. Deadrien Terry had eight catches for 70 yards and senior Ian Levine added seven carries for 44 yards.
The Weevils are off next weekend before traveling to Bethany, Oklahoma for to face off against Southern Nazarene on October 25.