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Wonder Boys continue to climb, look to breach top 10

RICCI LOGAN/THE ARKA TECH The Wonder Boys recorded a total of 474 offensive yards against the Crimson Storm.

The 11th ranked Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys, looking to continue their win streak, will take on the Ouachita Baptist Tigers this Saturday, Sept. 30, at 6 p.m. at Thone Stadium. Last weekend, the Wonder Boys defeated the Southern Nazarene Crimson Storm 52-0 in Oklahoma.

The Wonder Boys, 4-0 in Great American Conference play, will take on the Tigers, 3-1 in GAC play. The Wonder Boys moved up to 11th ranked in the nation in Division II while still tied for 1st place in the GAC with the Southeastern Oklahoma Bulldogs. The Tigers are ranked 2nd in the GAC standings behind the Wonder Boys and the Bulldogs.

Last weekend, the Wonder Boys shut out the Crimson Storm, making it this their first shut out of the season and their second since last season. This gives them back-to-back seasons with one or more shut outs. The last time the Wonder Boys had back-to-back years with a shutout was in 1971.

The Wonder Boys scored quick with an 8-play drive that ended with a 3-yard run from Bryan Allen, from Forrest City, and an extra point from Eric Perez, from Green Forrest, making it 7-0 with 10 minutes left in the first quarter. Allen was the leading rusher for the Wonder Boys with 87 yards on 15 carries in the game.

The Wonder Boys struck again early in the 2nd quarter after a 12-play drive that ended with a 7-yard run from Brandon Hunter, from Benton, and an extra point from Perez to make it 14-0 with 13:23 left in the half. The Crimson Storm managed to get a stop, forcing the Wonder Boys to settle for a field goal from 35 yards out from Perez to make it 17-0 with 9:43 left in the half. Another drive from the Wonder Boys ended with a pass from Ty Reasnor, from Cashion, Oklahoma, to Tremel Glasper, from Dallas, Texas, to make it 24-0 to end the half.

Coming back from half time, another drive from the Wonder Boys ended in points after a 1-yard run from Tanner Gaines, from Hector, to make it 31-0. Not too much later a 2-play drive ending in a 63-yard run from Brayden Stringer, from Blanchard, Oklahoma, to make it 38-0. Stringer also set a new Wonder Boys record with the longest punt return for a touchdown after running 93 yards to score, making it 45-0. The Wonder Boys would score for the last time at the end of the third quarter after a 2-yard pass from Cale Fulsom, from Russellville, to Drew Wade, from Pine Bluff, to make it 52-0 for the Wonder Boys.

Reasnor was 16 for 22 with 205 yards of passing and a touchdown. Cua’ Rose, from McGehee, led the defense with seven tackles, while Jordan Hill, from Mesquite, Texas, and Gio Williams, from Denton, Texas, both added six tackles each. Jakcob Dean, from Norman, Oklahoma, caught seven passes for 75 yards. The Wonder Boys offense stacked up 474 yards of total offense while the defense held the Crimson Storm to a total of 183 yards.