Southeastern Hits the Road to Face SWOSU

Southeastern will hit the road for the first time in nearly a month when it heads to Weatherford, Okla., to square off against Southwestern Oklahoma State at 2 p.m. on Oct. 18.

The Savage Storm head into the matchup with a 3-3 record overall and a 2-3 record in Great American Conference play which is currently good for seventh in the standings, one spot ahead of the Bulldogs in eighth at 2-4 in both conference play and overall.

SE is riding a two-game winning streak with wins over Bacone and Southern Nazarene by a combined 98-7 score, including a shutout of SNU which was the first shutout pitched by the defense since 2008.

The rivalry with SWOSU is one of the longest running rivalries for the Storm as the upcoming matchup will be the 83rd meeting all-time, with SE holding a 43-36-3 edge in the all-time record.

The Southeastern offense has climbed to fourth in the GAC with 37.5 ppg, while the defense has given up seven points over the last two weeks to move into fifth in the league in scoring defense at 30.2 ppg allowed.

The Storm is paced on the ground by the duo of Devlon Wortham and Ronnie Green. Wortham leads the way with 474 yards on 53 carries to average 8.9 ypc and eight touchdowns, while Green is right behind with 456 yards on 88 carries and four scores.

Ryan Polite has completed 60.7 percent of his passes for 1,367 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Kaymon Farmer and Franky Okafor have each hauled in two TD catches to lead the receiving corps, with Okafor's 346 yards on 20 catches leading the way, with Anthony Foster's 343 yards on 27 receptions right behind.

The SE defense has picked up the pace in the last two weeks, scoring a defensive touchdown on an interception in each game, with Raheem Wilson returning his 28 yards for a score against Bacone and Donnie Hamilton going 39 yards for a score against SNU.

The defense has also put up 11 takeaways and the team is now plus-one in the turnover margin.

A foursome of defenders each have 30 or more tackles, led by Thomas Curry at 36, while Chad Tucker has 32, Tanner Ginavan 31 and Wilson is at 30.

Damarius Lavender has racked up a pair of sacks and a team-high 5.0 tackles for loss, while in the secondary Troy Parker has posted an interception and a team-high five pass breakups.

Jared Heim continues to lead the league in punting with a 43.4 yard per punt average which was bolstered by his school and conference record 88 yard punt near the end of the SNU game which is also the longest punt in Division II this season.

Jake Walter became the first field goal kicker since Milan Smado in 2001 to make 10 field goals in a season, connecting on his season long 42 yard field goal in last week's win.

SWOSU comes into the contest on a three-game losing skid, with the last loss coming at the hands of Henderson State by a 28-14 margin in Weatherford, Okla.

The Bulldogs are averaging 18.2 ppg on the season while allowing 34.0 to its opponents.

SWOSU has been led by its passing game with a trio of quarterbacks on the year combining for 1,117 yards and six touchdowns, led by Ryan Claborn with a 55.7 completion percentage, 472 yards and three scores.

Brad Smithey leads the receiving corps with 27 catches for 218 yards, while Teverick Boyd has two of the team's six TD's.

Karl Hodge leads the team's rushing attack with 509 yards on 119 carries and six touchdowns.

The SWOSU defense has forced 11 turnovers, with Kevin Joseph collecting four of the team's seven interceptions.

Kapena Olsen has a team-high 52 tackles, while Devin Benton has 4.5 sacks and 15.5 tackles for loss.



 
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