The University of Arkansas at Monticello defeated the Tigers of Ouachita Baptist in a 34-26 homecoming victory Saturday at Willis “Convoy” Leslie Cotton Boll Stadium.
UAM (3-5, 3-5 GAC) controlled much of the pace in this match-up from the second quarter until the finish, as the Weevil offense and defense both found success once Arkansas-Monticello took the lead.
Ouachita Baptist (4-4, 4-4 GAC) scored first in the contest, but on the very next drive from UAM, the Weevils tied the game up at 7-7. A Tiger field goal closed out the first quarter with OBU holding onto a 10-7 lead. Cole Sears found Nathan Crouch for the 17 yard score through the air to lead Ouachita 14-10, and Arkansas-Monticello never trailed again throughout the rest of the match-up. The Weevils saw its biggest lead with 8:42 left in the third quarter after a 92 yard kick-off return for a touchdown by Jamal Chevis gave UAM the 34-23 lead and Arkansas-Monticello continued its solid play to finish off the game with a 34-26 victory.
Final team statistics on the day saw UAM with 405 total yards compared to the 439 total of OBU. Ouachita led the game in yards on the ground with 337 total, but the Weevils led in the passing game with 254 yards through the air. UAM was also able to force two turnovers in the match-up as well with one fumble recovery and one interception.
“Unreal effort by our team,” head coach Hud Jackson said after the game. “I thought our players played hard for four quarters. We have to keep that pace to have a chance in games, lots of effort and emotion. I thought our coaches had great game plans, but we have to make corrections and keep working hard. I’m very proud of our players and coaches, and by the way the crowd was awesome! Makes our players very happy. EAT ‘EM UP!”
Junior Jalen Tolliver continued his nine-game touchdown streak with another touchdown reception and totaled 75 yards in the contest on four total catches. The UAM rushing game was led by freshman Deountario Brown with 14 total carries for 89 yards. Brown also hauled in three receptions for 29 yards and a touchdown as well.
Junior Jamal Chevis provided multiple big plays in the game with his 92-yard kick-off return for a touchdown and also added one carry in the game for 54 yards.
Defensively UAM was led by freshman Christian Jefferson with 10 total tackles in the game, one fumble recovery and one pass broken up. Ja’lon Watts recorded a sack in this contest and a forced fumble and added eight overall tackles to his stat-line. Wesley Williams provided eight overall tackles too.
UAM will host the Tigers of East Central in a GAC match-up on October 29 with kick-off scheduled for 3 p.m. at Willis “Convoy” Leslie Cotton Boll Stadium.