The Wonder Boys returned home last week to face the University of Arkansas at Monticello Boll Weevils. It was a fight from beginning to end, but the Wonder Boys were able to walk away with a 38-31 win.
Both teams struggled through the first couple of drives going four and out. Monticello was the first to get on the board with a 15 play drive and ended with a field goal. Tech would answer on the next series with an eight play drive that would result in a field goal.
The second quarter, both teams started to heat things up. Monticello’s Wesley Bullock scored the first touchdown off of a 10-yard run. The Wonder Boys would answer right back again. Ty Reasnor of Cashion, Oklahoma threw a touchdown pass to Justin Bailey of Mayflower for an 81-yard touchdown.
In the third quarter, Tech lost its footing. Reasnor threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown by Jordan Stargell. The interception did not slow Tech down as they continued to dominate the game through the air. Reasnor threw a 56-yard touchdown pass to Jabyes Cross of Riviera Beach, Florida. Tech kept scoring in the third quarter of play. The Wonder Boys scored again on a two-yard run by Bryan Allen of Forrest City. Tech got the ball back again and found themselves back in the in-zone. Reasnor would throw his third touchdown pass of the day to Luke Starks of Bigelow to make the score 38-17. The Boll Weevils tried to claw their way back into the game with a touchdown at the end of the third quarter making the score 38-24.
In the fourth quarter, Monticello continued to fight back. Jalen Tolliver scored on a 70-yard pass from Cole Sears to make the score 38-31. Tech’s defense showed why they are ranked second in yards allowed in the Great American Conference coming into this game. The Wonder Boys would make a defensive stand to seal the game in the last two minutes. Seth Culp of Temple, Texas broke up a pass to end the Monticello drive on a fourth and 14 from the Tech two-yard line with 1:30 left.
Reasnor had a great game, as he completed 11 of 25 passes for 330 yards and three touchdowns. Cross scored a touchdown with 97 receiving yards.
The Wonder Boys have an away game on Saturday, Sept. 24 at Magnolia.