Arkansas Tech keeps chugging full steam ahead, as the Wonder Boys won their home opener Saturday with a 50-7 win against Oklahoma Baptist, the first time since 2009 the team has started a season 2-0.
After a moment of silence for fallen teammate Zemaric Holt, the Wonder Boys immediately began taking the fight to Oklahoma Baptist.
The first seven drives for the Wonder Boys resulted in points.
“We’ve come out so strong in these first two games, and that’s been key,” head coach Raymond Monica said after the game.
Quarterback Arsenio Favor, a senior from Montgomery, Alabama, led Tech to victory with 302 passing yards, three rushing touchdowns and two passing touchdowns.
The Wonder Boys defense was a force to be reckoned with, as Oklahoma Baptist wasn’t allowed a first down until a minute into the second quarter and was held to 160 total yards.
The first and only score for the Bisons came with 7:37 remaining in the game.
Logan Genz, a senior from West Fork, added to his all-time Arkansas Tech career record with six tackles. Alonzo Joyner, a sophomore from Queens, New York, followed with five stops of his own.
After a touching tribute to Holt the week prior, the Wonder Boys found themselves making headlines nationwide.
“It was surreal,” Genz said. “There have been cameras everywhere. We wanted to show them what we work for, and what Holt was working for.”
Favor said, “We wanted to do this for him; he’s our brother, and he’s still with us.”
When asked if there was something special about this team, Monica said, “No doubt. We are for real.”
The Wonder Boys will next take the field Saturday for a 6 p.m. contest at Arkansas- Monticello.