Southeastern Hosts Lions for Homecoming Saturday

Southeastern returns to the confines of Paul Laird Field to celebrate Homecoming by welcoming former conference rival and lone non-conference opponent of the season Texas A&M-Commerce at 2 p.m. on Oct. 5.

The Savage Storm will be looking to bounce back from a 45-7 loss in Arkadelphia, Ark., to Ouachita Baptist that dropped them to 1-3 overall, while TAMUC enters at 2-2 on the year after back-to-back losses.

That contest was plagued by turnovers as the first five drives of the contest for the Storm ended in turnovers in OBU territory.

Cutting out those mistakes on offense will be a key to SE's success on Saturday, while forcing the visiting Lions into some mistakes of their own will be a key on defense.

While the Storm have an inflated negative turnover margin after its outing against OBU, TAMUC comes to town at minus-one in the turnover margin itself.

If SE can avoid the interceptions which have plagued the early season for quarterback Nick Sioson, the potent passing game will put the Storm in a position to win.

Sioson is completing 56.5 percent of his passes and has thrown for 1,244 yards and nine touchdowns over four games.

The key will be keeping him upright as the Lions come into the game averaging just over five sacks per game.

If he has time, Sioson will have no lack of targets to hit as his top two have already racked up 35 receptions each which is 11 more than SE's top receiver last season had on the year.

Anthony Foster and Kaymon Farmer are tied atop the Great American Conference in catches per game, while Foster is second in yards with 457 and is the first SE receiver since Romar Crenshaw in 2001 to post four-straight 100-yard receiving efforts. Farmer on the other hand has 293 yards, but leads the way with four receiving TD's.

The running game will be looking for a bounce back performance after 39 yards in its last home game and 132 yards on 43 carries last week.

Devlon Wortham continues to lead the rushing charts for the Storm, but is looking to regain the spark he had in the opener that saw him run for 220 yards and three scores. He is currently at 91.5 yards per game with four touchdowns.

Ladarius Abrams is averaging 57.2 yards per game and has added two more scores on the ground.

The Storm defense will be aiming to force mistakes, and despite having just three sacks as a team coming in, putting pressure on the quarterback will be one of its best opportunities to do so as TAMUC has allowed 16 sacks on the season.

Greg Jackson comes in leading all tacklers with 24, while Russell Hurst and Coby Ragsdale each have a solo sack.

Ragsdale and Jackson each have 2.5 tackles for loss as well.

Raheem Wilson posted his team leading second interception against OBU, while three others have one pick each, including Logan Russell who turned in a memorable 100-yard return for a TD against No. 9 Henderson State two weeks ago.

The Lions rely primarily on their passing game as they average 309.0 yards per game through the air and just 66.8 ypg on the ground.

Tyrik Rollison is handling the heavy lifting at quarterback and is 85-of-148 with 1,146 yards, 11 touchdowns and four interceptions.

He has four targets that have double-digit receptions, but the group is led by Vernon Johnson who has 16 catches for 310 yards and four touchdowns despite missing a game.

Matt Claggett leads the way in tackles with 24, while Tevin Moore leads the potent Lion pass rush with five sacks over four contests.

TAMUC opened the year with a 51-6 win over Sul Ross State and caught some attention the next week with a 45-37 victory over then No. 25 Delta State. It has dropped the last two outing, however, 62-28 to No. 4 West Texas A&M and then last week 30-24 to then No. 23 Midwestern State.


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