You don’t have to check the weather forecast to know it’s gonna Storm all over the place Saturday afternoon.
That’s when Southeastern’s Savage Storm hosts Southern Nazarene’s Crimson Storm in the 2016 Homecoming game at Paul Laird Field in another Great American Conference matchup.
Coach Bo Atterberry’s Storm gridders come in at 2-1 with an opportunity to run the winning streak to three in a row. The Crimson Storm is looking for its first win and you know what they say when someone is backed into a corner.
The actual weather forecast is for a fairly pleasant day and when our Storm knocks off their Storm, that forecast will be spot-on accurate.
Game time is 2 p.m. Saturday when the Storms gather on the football field. This would be a great time for Southeastern fans to fill the seats and pump up the volume.
THE LATEST GAC standings show there are only two unbeaten teams remaining with Harding and Henderson State each at 3-0.
Four teams – Southeastern, Arkansas Tech, Ouachita Baptist and Southern Arkansas – are knotted at 2-1.
Arkansas-Monticello, East Central, Northwestern and Oklahoma Baptist are tied at 1-2 with Southern Nazarene and Southwestern winless at 0-3.
Last week’s results: Southeastern 42, Oklahoma Baptist 22; Henderson State 62, Northwestern 23; Harding 35, Southern Arkansas 14; Arkansas Tech 38, Arkansas-Monticello 31; East Central 23, Southern Nazarene 6; and Ouachita Baptist 46, Southwestern 28.
THIS WEEK’S schedule has Southeastern and Southern Nazarene in the early conference spotlight with the 2 p.m. start.
Harding travels to Arkansas-Monticello, Oklahoma Baptist visits East Central, Arkansas Tech plays at Southern Arkansas and Henderson State goes to Southwestern with kickoffs set for 6 p.m.
The late show has Ouachita Baptist at Northwestern for a 7 p.m. shootout.
SOUTHEASTERN is coming off a 42-22 victory at Oklahoma Baptist that saw the Storm put up 14 points in the first and fourth quarters and seven points in the second and third periods.
Southern Nazarene is struggling at 0-3 while scoring 13 points and allowing 132. Harding, one of the top teams in the GAC, put up 63 of those points. Harding will put up a bunch of points on a bunch of teams this season.
It takes a long time to get a football program up to speed. SNU is in the process, but still has a way to go.
It has been proven many times that statistical comparisons can lead to coaches becoming former coaches.
The Crimson Storm have absolutely nothing to lose in this one, which makes them more dangerous. SE coaches have made sure the players are aware of this. Nothing will be taken for granted.
It’s Homecoming 2016 for Southeastern. Old grads will be back on campus and there will be pressure to perform.
TEAM NUMBERS favor the Storm.
Southeastern is scoring 32.67 points per game and allowing 24.33 ppg.
SNU averages 4.33 points and gives up 44 per game.
The Storm average 177 yards rushing and the Bison check in at 109.7 ypg.
Passing shows 230.33 per game for SE and 12.67 for SNU.
Southeastern logs 407.3 yards per game in total offense and Southern Nazarene is at 122.3 ypg.
STORM QUARTERBACK C.B. Cantwell has completed 54 of 75 passes for 691 yards, six touchdowns and three interceptions with a long pass of 74 yards and an average of 230.3 yards per game.
Crimson Storm quarterback Jacob Spady (6-5, 195, sophomore, Hinton, Oklahoma) has completed seven of 10 passes for 34 yards, no TDs and no interceptions.
Alec Laffoon (5-11, 177, senior, Fort Worth, Texas) has hit three of 21 passes for 4 yards, no touchdowns and a pair of picks.
SE’s Ronnie Green has carried the ball 55 times for 265 yards and three scores, averaging 88.3 yards per game.
Devlon Wortham has 48 rushes for 255 yards, three TDs and an average of 85 yards per game.
Terence Olds (6-1, 225, junior, Oklahoma City) has carried the ball 18 times for 116 yards for the Crimson Storm. He has not scored a TD, has a long carry of 51 yards and averages 58 yards per game.
Spady has 11 carries for 88 yards, no TDs, a long of 51 and an average of 44 ypg.
SE’s Kaymon Farmer leads the receivers with 16 catches for 319 yards, three touchdowns, a long catch of 74 yards, a game average of 106.3 and a per-catch average of just under two first downs at 19.9 yards.
Bryce Steele has caught 13 passes for 128 yards, two TDs, a long of 27, just under a first down at 9.8 per grab and a game average of 42.7 yards.
SNU’s Reese Carlson (6-4, 210, sophomore, Gig Harbor, Washington) has three receptions for 20 yards, no touchdowns and a long gain of eight yards. Johnathan Martin (5-11, 191, senior, Moore, Oklahoma) has caught four passes for 10 yards, no scores and a long catch of seven yards.
IT’S ALL HERE Saturday for Southeastern Homecoming 2016.
Former Hall of Fame men’s basketball coach, the late Bloomer Sullivan, is the 2016 Heritage Award honoree. His son, Dr. Don Sullivan, will accept the award at Friday night’s banquet.
Several players from coach Sullivan’s 1957 team that finished as national runners-up, will be here and SE fans will have a chance to visit with them.