The University of Arkansas at Monticello football team won its 400th game in school history Saturday at home in a 49-46 shootout against East Central University. UAM had 600 yards of total offense, paced by quarterback Demilon Brown who had five touchdowns and 413 yards of total offense.
In the first quarter, ECU scored first with a field goal, but UAM responded with an 18-yard rushing touchdown to conclude a 5-play 75-yard drive. After the PAT, it was 7-3 UAM. Following a touchdown by ECU, UAM had a 10-play 60-yard drive capped by Devontae Dean’s one-yard rushing touchdown. The first quarter concluded with UAM leading, 14-10.
UAM scored again in the second quarter on a touchdown run from Dean to finish a 10-play 70-yard drive. UAM took a 21-10 lead into halftime.
The third quarter was pretty evenly split with both teams scoring touchdowns. The big one for UAM was a huge play. Demilon Brown hooked up with DeAndre Washington for an 88-yard touchdown play, the longest of the year for UAM. At the conclusion of the third, UAM led ECU, 28-24.
The fourth quarter proved to be the biggest battle, as ECU tallied 22 points and UAM totaled 21. The quarter was highlighted by a 42-yard touchdown reception from Washington, a 68-yard rushing touchdown by Brown, and a 9-yard rushing touchdown by Brown. ECU tallied three touchdowns and converted on a two-point conversion earlier in the quarter.
What made the difference for UAM, was the final few plays. With 45 seconds left, UAM was forced to punt, but it was muffed by East Central and recovered by the Weevils. UAM lined up in victory formation to run out the clock and earn the win, 49-46.
Brown, Washington and Dean had notable performances in the win. Brown had 413 total yards and five total touchdowns, while Washington had four receptions for 197 yards and two touchdowns. Dean rushed for 99 yards and two touchdowns.
UAM improves to 3-2, while ECU falls to 1-4. The Weevils are undefeated at home (3-0) and earned their 400th win in program history.
The Weevils will travel to Southeastern Oklahoma State University on Saturday, October 12. Kickoff is scheduled for 3 p.m.