MONTICELLO — The University of Arkansas at Monticello football team hopes to use home-field advantage to snap an 11-game losing streak this Saturday when Southeastern Oklahoma State comes to town for the first of six home games during the 2013 season.
Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. at Willis "Convoy" Leslie Cotton Boll Stadium. The game will be carried over the UAM Sports Network at KHBM-FM 93.7 and online at uamsports.com. Live streaming video and live statistics will also be available at uamsports.com.
Saturday is Parent and Family Appreciation Day on the UAM campus. Festivities begin at 11 a.m. with the dedication of the new Wellness Center, followed by welcome events at 2 p.m. at the Fine Arts Center. Events include a performance by the UAM Concert Choir and the presentation of the UAM Family of the Year, among others. The "Walk of Champions" is set for 3:30 p.m. along the east side of Weevil Pond through the tailgating area. There will also be an open house at the newly renovated Bankston Hall from 4-5 p.m.
UAM enters the game following a 46-22 loss to East Central last Saturday on the road in the 2013 season opener. Southeastern Oklahoma State comes to Monticello with a 1-0 record after defeating Southern Arkansas 56-50 last Thursday night in Durant, Okla.
BACK AT HOME: The UAM football team is back at home for the next two weeks, starting with this Saturday’s game against Southeastern Oklahoma State. UAM plays a total of six games at home this season, marking the third straight season with as many games played at Willis "Convoy" Leslie Cotton Boll Stadium.
HOME OPENERS: The Boll Weevils have collected a 46-42-5 record in home openers throughout theprogram’s history. UAM has won the last two home openers in a row under third-year head coach Hud Jackson with a 38-31 win over Arkansas Tech in 2011 and a 78-0 win over College of Faith last year.
HELMET DECALS: The Boll Weevils are honoring the program’s all-time winningest coach this season with a helmet decal displaying the initials of the late Tommy Barnes. Barnes, who passed away this past March following a long-running battle with Parkinson’s Disease, coached more seasons and won more games than any other coach in UAM history. He finished his 12-year career with 69 wins, 53 losses and one tie. His 1988 and 1993 squads reached the NAIA playoffs and his teams were ranked in the final NAIA Top 25 six times… Also, during the month of September, theWeevils are one of 11 college football teams in the state of Arkansas to besporting a blue-ribbon in support of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.
THE BOLL WEEVILS: The Boll Weevils enter Saturday’s game with a 0-1 record following a 46-22 loss to East Central University last Saturday on the road. UAM committed five turnovers in the loss, allowing ECU to gain a large enough lead to secure the victory. Despite the loss, UAM out-gained ECU in total offense 349-297. UAM was one of just two teams in the GAC to allow less than 300 yards of total offense in the first week of the 2013 season… Sophomore quarterback Colton Morrison completed 38-of-55 passes for 241 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions. He became the first UAM quarterback to attempt at least 50 passes in a game since the 2004 season. Morrison’s favorite target was sophomore Cody Bordelon, who hauled in 12 passes for 128 yards, including an eight-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter, UAM’s first touchdown of the 2013 season. Defensively, UAM was led by junior Keith Reynolds, who had six total tackles, including one tackle for a loss, and two pass deflections…True freshman kicker Jamie McGee was perfect in his UAM debut, nailing 23 and 24-yard field goals and converting on both extra-point attempts in the loss… The Weevils come into the game ranked second in total defense in the GAC, first in pass defense and sixth in total offense.
THE SAVAGE STORM: Southeastern Oklahoma State, picked to finish sixth in the GAC preseason coaches poll, recorded a 56-50 victory over Southern Arkansas, picked second, last Thursday night at home in Durant, Okla. The Savage Storm was led by freshman runningback Devlon Wortham, who is the current GAC Offensive Player of the Week, with 220 yards with three touchdowns on just 13 carries in the season-opening win over SAU. His performance allowed SE to rack up 522 yards of total offense in the win. SE quarterback Nick Sioson was 26-of-41 through the air with 271 yards and two touchdown tosses. Southeastern cornerback Eric Walker led the team in defense with 10 total tackles and two pass deflections. The Savage Storm ranks in the top five in the GAC in all offensive categories, including second inpoints per game, third in total offense, second in rushing offense, and fifth in passing offense… This is the third straight season for Southeastern tomake the trip to Monticello. Last year, the Savage Storm defeated the Weevils 41-35 after UAM captured a 24-20 victory in the 2011 season… Saturday’s game marks just the fourth all-time meeting between UAM and SE. The Boll Weevilslead the series 2-1.
COACHES: The Boll Weevils are led by third-year head coach Hud Jackson, who has compiled a 6-17 record throughout his first 23 games patrolling the UAM sidelines. Jackson led the 2011 Weevils to a 5-6 finish and a fourth place finish in the GAC. Jackson followed with a 1-10 finish in the 2012 season. Prior to UAM, Jackson spent six years as assistant head coach at Central Arkansas following a 13-year high-school coaching career in his home state of Louisiana, most recently the head football coach and athletic director at Central Catholic High School in Morgan City… Southeastern’s Ray Richards is in his second stint as head coach of the Savage Storm. He has a 41-43 record in his ninthseason at SE, and a 55-73 record overall as a head coach, including his four seasons as head coach at Southwest Baptist.
THE LAST MEETING: Last year in the meeting between the Boll Weevils and Savage Storm, SE left Monticello with a 41-35 victory despite UAM posting a season-high rushing mark with 273 yards on the ground. UAM totaled 50 rush attempts in the loss, and averaged 5.5 yards per rush, led by quarterback Damon Wicker with 139 carries on 20 attempts. Southeastern quarterback Nick Sioson, who returns for his sophomore season with the Savage Storm, threw for 249 yards and two touchdowns last year against UAM.