Tech first shutout since 2002

THE ARKA TECH

Following their first shut-out win since 2002, the Wonder Boys will look to continue their fortunes against Oklahoma Baptist in Shawnee, Oklahoma, at noon on Saturday.

The Wonder Boys opened the 2016 season at Thone Stadium last week, treating the home crowd to a 46-0 win over Southern Nazarene.

Ty Reasnor, a junior from Cashion, Oklahoma, made his debut in the green and gold and completed 22 of his 26 passes, for a total of 231 yards, and a touchdown.

The Wonder Boys’ defense made its presence known almost immediately, as they forced a safety with 11:24 left in the first quarter.

The defense would continue to apply the pressure as Southern Nazarene was not able to breach the 50-yard line into Arkansas Tech territory once during the first half.

Bruce Livingston, a senior from Bradenton, Florida, set the bar for the Tech defense, as he led with nine tackles. Seth Culp, a senior from Temple, Texas, was right behind Livingston, with seven tackles of his own.

Southern Nazarene would be able to make it to the red zone twice in the second half, but left with nothing to show for it.

The first red zone trip for Southern Nazarene came at the start of the third quarter, but the drive ended with a turnover on downs, as the fourth down conversion failed.

In the fourth quarter, with 3:03 remaining, Southern Nazarene made it back to the red zone, but it was stopped by Greg Abrams, a senior from Lakeland, Florida, who intercepted a pass to seal the game for the Wonder Boys.

The Wonder Boys are coming off a nine win season that secured them a trip to the playoffs for the first time since 2009, winning the C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl.

The GAC pre-season coaches’ poll picked them to finish sixth in the Great American Conference.