The Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys football team will take on the Northwestern Oklahoma Rangers for Homecoming, this Saturday, Oct. 21, at 2 p.m. Last weekend, the Wonder Boys were able to gain some traction on first place in the Great American Conference, as they beat the Southwestern Oklahoma Bulldogs, 38-21.
The Wonder Boys, 5-2 in GAC play, will take on the Rangers, 3-4 in GAC play. The Wonder Boys are stuck in a three-way tie for second in the GAC at 5-2 with the Ouachita Baptist Tigers and the Southern Arkansas Mule Riders. The Rangers are tied for fourth in the GAC with the Southern Nazarene Crimson Storm at 3-4.
The Wonder Boys hit the ground running with a fast offense and a stout defense that held the Bulldogs offense to 21 points.
The Wonder Boys struck first with a quick 4-play drive for 64 yards, ending after a 48-yard run from Braden Stringer, from Blanchard, Oklahoma, for the touchdown. Stringer finished the night leading the Wonder Boys with two rushing touchdowns and 111 yards rushing.
Stringer would score the second touchdown of the night for the Wonder Boys after an 11-yard run in the second quarter to make it 14-0. The Wonder Boys continue to pound it on the ground after a 5-play, 51-yard drive ended with a touchdown after an 11-yard run from Bryan Allen, from Forrest City, to make it 21-0. Allen had 17 carries for 68 yards and one touchdown on the night. The Bulldogs scored at the end of the half to make it 21-6 after a failed extra point attempt.
Ty Reasnor, from Cashion, Oklahoma, passed it off to Jackob Dean, from Norman, Oklahoma, for a 9-yard pass to end a 9-play drive to make it 28-6. Reasnor was 18 for 31 with 211 yards and a score on the night. Dean had 36 yards in receptions and one score. The Bulldogs managed to score again to make it 28-14 late in the third quarter. The Wonder Boys would drive down the field on a 7-play, 57-yard drive ending in a 4-yard run from Justin Bailey, from Mayflower, to make it 35-14. Eric Perez, from Green Forest, kicked a 31-yard field goal to push the Wonder Boys to 38 points to be the final score of the night for the Wonder Boys to end the third quarter.
The Bulldogs scored early in the fourth quarter to make it 38-21, which held and was the final score of the night.
The Wonder Boys finished with 440 total yards in offense with four rushing touchdowns and a touchdown from the air. The Wonder Boys led the Bulldogs in first downs with 22 to the Bulldogs 13. The Wonder Boys were 8 for 16 on third downs while the Bulldogs were 4 for 15. Eric McPherson, from Jackson, Mississippi, led the defense with nine tackles.