Southeastern falls to Harding at home - - No One Gets You Closer

Southeastern falls to Harding at home


DURANT, OK ( --  Southeastern's defense held Harding to 154 yards under their offensive average, but fell in a 14-0 hole early and saw the game slip away with 21 unanswered points in the fourth quarter as the Savage Storm fell to the Bisons 42-10 on Saturday afternoon at Paul Laird Field.

The loss drops SE to 2-7 on the season and 2-6 in Great American Conference play, while HU improves to 6-2 overall and 6-2 in league contests.

The Storm will now hit the road for the final away contests of the season when it travels to Russellville, Ark., to take on Arkansas Tech at 2 p.m. on Nov. 9.

Southeastern held the Bisons to 274 yards rushing, more than 120 yards fewer than they average per game, including holding the league's leading rusher Romo Westbrook to 71 yards.

SE, however, was also held well below its average in rushing as sacks and a bad snap would provide the Storm with 46 yards lost and help SE net just 24 yards rushing, despite Devlon Wortham turning in a team-high 42 yards on just eight carries.

The yardage pushes Wortham to 905 yards on the year, just 95 yards shy of becoming the second 1,000 yard rusher in the Ray Richards era.

The Storm had a fair day through the air as Nick Sioson turned in a 21-for-35 effort for 199 yards and a touchdown, but was picked off once and sacked five times.

Kaymon Farmer completed a pass to Anthony Foster on a trick play for 37 yards, while CB Cantwell came off the bench in the fourth quarter to go 5-for-10 with 46 yards.

Ladarius Abrams also tried the halfback pass but was intercepted in the end zone.

In all, the Stork passed for 282 yards on 27-of-47 passing with a touchdown and two picks.

Anthony Foster hauled in seven passes for 87 yards and now leads the way with 63 catches on the season and 869 yards.

Those numbers leave him 11 catches shy of Henry Hill's 1985 record of 74 catches in a season and 131 yards short of SE's fourth 1,000 yard receiving season.

Kaymon Farmer is hot on his heels with six catches on the game and 62 total receptions on the year.

Anthony Gale hauled in five catches for 74 yards and the team's lone touchdown.

Xavier Smith also added three catches for 32 yards.

The Storm defense was busy as Derek Ogg and Malique Earl each tallied double-digit tackle totals, with Ogg at 12 and Earl at 11.

Eric Walker, Coby Rahsdale and Ladarice Sanders each added eight tackles, while Ragsdale chipped in 2.5 tackles for loss.

Earl and Josh Morrison forced fumbles but SE was unable to recover either of them, while Eric Walker made the only takeaway when he picked off Keenan Kellett near the end of the first half.

SE won the toss and took the ball, marching its initial drive 45 yards on 11 plays before stalling at the Harding 33, but a Sioson pooch punt would bounce out at the two yard line and leave the Bisons back up deep in their own end.

HU would proceed to go 98 yards on 16 plays burning a ridiculous 9:41 off the clock before Kellett would carry the ball across the goal line for a 7-0 lead with 1:04 to go in the opening quarter.

The teams would trade a pair of three-and-out drives each before the Bisons went 74 yards on five plays, including a 36 yard TD pass from Kellett to Eric Kelly to mount a 14-0 lead with 6:29 to play in the half.

Neither team could really move the ball and the SE defense finally forced Harding into a mistake when Walker picked off Kellett's pass at the SE 17 yardline.

The first play would set the tone for the drive as Sioson hit Foster for 26 yards and eight plays later Sioson would find Gale open near the front-left pylon for the touchdown as the first-half clock expired and following the PAT SE would trail at halftime 14-7. HU would get the ball first in the second half and take their first drive down the field for a 21-0 lead, but SE would come back and cap a 71 yard drive with a 20 yard field goal to make the score 21-10 with 4:02 to play in the third quarter, which would hold through the end of the quarter.

The final frame would be a bit of a nightmare for SE as the Bisons scored early to cap a drive that began in the third quarter and take a 28-10 lead.

After SE was forced to punt Harding would go 57 yards on six play and make the game 35-10 on a Westbrook one-yard run.

The final nail would come on a bad snap at SE's own 33 yardine that would be picked up at the 16 by Chris Sarkissian and returned to the Southeastern one yard line where one play later Alapeti Magalei rushed for a one-yard score to take a 42-10 lead that would hold to be the final score.