DURANT, Okla. - Southeastern fought 16th-ranked Harding to a 14-14 halftime tie, but was hit with 21 unanswered points in the second half of a 35-14 loss on Saturday afternoon at Paul Laird Field.
The loss is the team's eighth in-a-row, dropping the Savage Storm to 1-9 on the season heading into the season finale matchup with rival East Central in The Great American Classic on Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. back at Paul Laird Field.
"There were some things," said head coach Tyler Fenwick. "We were moving the ball. But we have to look at the film, we had some penalties that cost us. I'm proud of the way our kids battled and that's what I told them."
"With the situation we're in with the record we have," he continued, "With the tough losses that we've had, our kids are fighting and battling and I think that's a sign for a really good future. The foundation is good. The kids know how to fight and I'm proud of them for that."
SE was even on offense and defense with 147 yards through the air and 133 on the ground.
Daulton Hatley completed 15-of-29 passes for 147 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions, but he was sacked three times.
Jonathan Torres also added a sack on Harding's only passing drop back of the day as the defense held the Bisons to no passing yards.
Harding would force SE to a three-and-out to open the game and then march 72 yards on six plays for a Tristan Tucker 10 yard touchdown run to take the early 7-0 lead.
Both teams would follow with fruitless drives before the Storm put together a seven-play, 51 yard drive that ended with a 19 yard Hatley to Kincade TD strike to knot the game at 7-7 with 3:26 to go in the first quarter.
HU answered on its ensuing drive, scoring on the first play of the second quarter with a Taylor Bissell 32 yard run to take a 14-7 lead.
But again Southeastern found an answer with a marathon drive of 14 plays that covered 76 yards and took 7:33 off the clock with Taylor scoring on a two-yard run to knot the game at 14-14 which is where it would sit at the halftime break.
Harding would open the second half by going 71 yards on eight plays to take a 21-14 lead at the 11:11 mark of the third quarter.
After a three-and-out the Storm defense would force a turnover as McBeth forced a Cole Chancy fumble which was recovered by Marshall.
The Storm would burn 5:21 off the clock on the ensuing drive but a Pablo Tarango field goal would miss the mark and the Storm remained behind by a touchdown.
Preston Paden would tack on a score with a 38 yard run to open the fourth quarter and another on a Bissel 10 yard run with 6:58 to play to fashion the final of 35-14.