Defense Takes SOSU Spring Game 25-24

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern's offense scored three rushing touchdowns and tallied 449 yards of offense, but it was the defense who came up with the stops when they needed them to pick up a 25-24 win in the annual Spring Game on Saturday at Paul Laird Field.

Using a hybrid scoring system where the offense scored in its traditional fashions, while the defense received six points for a turnover, three points for forcing a three-and-out and one point for holding the offense to a scoreless drive.

Jakob Bradford hauled in an interception on the third possession of the game to record the biggest play of the day, while the defense combined to force five three-and-outs and four scoreless drives, including the final drive of the game to earn the 25-24 win.

Michael Sumrall, Sione Taufahema and Brickey Reed recorded five tackles each, while five others added four apiece.

Reed, Jaden Moore, Justin Young each recorded a sack while Brandon Mays and Andrew McBeth split one.

The offense was balanced as it was during the regular season, picking up 236 yards on the ground, led by Danan Brown who logged 68 yards on seven carries with a score on a long carry of 41 yards.

Kenneth Burks added 67 yards and a score on 11 carried, while Kieron Hardrick chipped in 30 yards. Devlon Wortham had 15 carries on three yards with a TD.

All four quarterbacks who played completed passes, as CB Cantwell finished 10-for-16 at quarterback for 103 yards.

Rollin Kinsaul was a perfect 4-for-4 for 55 yards, while Zac Canter added a 4-for-10 effort for 45 yards and was picked off.

Alan Lockhart picked up 10 yards on a 2-for-3 passing day.

Connor Fuentes led a group of 12 receivers to make catches on the day, picking up 50 yards on five grabs.

Devon Blanton and CJ Elkins had three catches each, while Austin Bustos turned in 39 yards on two catches.

Southeastern will open the 2016 season on Sept. 1 when it travels to Arkadelphia, Ark., to face Henderson State at 7 p.m., and will have its home opener on Sept. 10 when it hosts Ouachita Baptist at 6 p.m. at Paul Laird Field.