ADA – In the final game of 2013 at Norris Field, the East Central University football team fell, 17-26, to Arkansas Tech on a day set aside to honor the Tigers (4-4, 4-4 GAC) 19 seniors.
Senior Caleb Holley continued his top performances for the season, with his third 100+ yard game. Holley caught 14 passes for 162 yards and scored one touchdown.
Senior Alex King continued to make his presence known on defense, leading the team with eight total tackles (4-8), two sacks (10 yards) and 2.5 tackles-for-loss (14 yards).
The first half saw the Wonder Boys (4-5, 4-4 GAC) jump out to an early 0-14 lead after the first quarter and a 0-17 mark, with 10:47 left in the second quarter.
The Tigers scored their lone points of the half as time ran out on the first half, when freshman Trevor Hunt hit a 30-yard field goal for the 3-17 score.
ATU was the first to score in the second half pushing the lead to 3-20. ECU followed with 14 points to get within three (17-20).
Sophomore Spencer Bond started the scoring by connecting with Holley for a 26-yard TD, with 6:55 left on the clock in the third quarter. Bond then added a TD pass to senior Lindsey Anderson just over a minute later (5:52).
The score was set up after sophomore Garrett Martin intercepted a pass on the Wonder Boy’s first play after the Holley touchdown. Martin recovered the ball on the 13-yard line to set up the play for Bond and Anderson.
Both teams defense buckled down on the next three drives, forcing punts. However, on ATU’s first drive of the fourth quarter they scored a TD to push the lead to 17-26.
The Tigers had several strong chances to score the rest of the game, but were kept off the scoreboard on two interceptions by ATU for touchbacks.
The loss came despite ECU earning an advantage in total yardage (543-355). Bond was 29-of-58 for 450 yards, but threw five interceptions which became the key difference in the outcome.
ECU will hit the road for the final two games of the 2013 regular-season. The first stop will be in Searcy, Ark., to face Harding, Saturday, Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. The final game of the season is the annual battle for the KTEN Cup against Southeastern Oklahoma State (Nov. 16).