The University of Arkansas at Monticello football team was taken down by the Crimson Storm of Southern Nazarene University in a Great American Conference match-up Saturday afternoon. The final score 31-17.
Arkansas-Monticello (2-4, 2-4 GAC) played from behind throughout most of this contest as Southern Nazarene (1-5, 1-5 GAC) controlled the pace of the game from its opening drive. The Weevils managed to tie up the ball game at 7-7 in the second quarter but SNU answered back with a field goal and a touchdown to hold a 10 point lead heading into the half.
The second half saw the Crimson Storm continue to find success over UAM as SNU led as much as 24-7 in the third quarter. The Weevils offense found life in the fourth quarter after a Cole Sears to Jalen Tolliver touchdown through the air and a Jeremy Jackson rushing touchdown, cut into the opposing lead at only 24-17. Southern Nazarene sealed the game off with another touchdown however and went on to claim the victory at 31-17.
Final team statistics on the day saw UAM with 348 total yards compared to the 367 total of SNU. Time of possession was close between the two programs with the Weevils finishing with 29:31, and Southern Nazarene with 30:29 in the match-up. Stats between the two programs were very similar, but Arkansas-Monticello turned the ball over once through the air, which the Crimson Storm capitalized on, aiding in SNU’s victory.
“We were not ready to play. SNU came out and outplayed us,” head coach Hud Jackson said after the game. “Can’t take anything away from them though, we had chances to make plays and didn’t. We can’t make any excuses and have to get ready for a very good Henderson State team.”
Leading Weevil offensive attack in the game was junior running-back Jeremy Jackson who totaled 91 yards on the ground, along with one rushing touchdown. Freshman Deountario Brown recorded 90 total rushing yards as well in the contest, as UAM as a team totaled 217 yards on the ground.
Junior Jalen Tolliver led UAM in total receiving yards in the match-up with 62 overall on five catches and recorded one touchdown. Sophomore Nathan Crouch led the team in total catches with six for 41 yards.
Senior Stacey Warren anchored the Arkansas-Monticello defense as he totaled 10 tackles against SNU, 1.5 which were for a loss. Christian Jefferson and Josh Meis each tallied eight tackles a piece in the contest. Demorris Bedford, Hakim Gray, and Anthony Holmes each recorded one sack a piece in this game as well.
The Weevils will continue to play on the road in week seven as they travel to Arkadelphia, Arkansas to square off against the Reddies of Henderson State in a GAC match-up on October 15 with kick-off scheduled for 2 p.m.