The Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys will travel to Bethany, Oklahoma this weekend in hopes of continuing their win streak as they take on the Southern Nazarene Crimson Storm this Saturday, Sept. 23, at 1 p.m. Last week, the Wonder Boys rolled over the Oklahoma Baptist Bisons, 58-21, on Family Day to put them 3-0 on the season.
The Wonder Boys, 3-0 in Great American Conference play, will take on the Crimson Storm, 2-1 in GAC play. The Wonder Boys are currently ranked sixteenth in the nation in Division II, moving up three spots from last week’s rankings, while tied for first in GAC play with the Southeastern Oklahoma State Bulldogs. The Crimson Storm are in a four-way tie for second at 2-1 with the Southern Arkansas Mule Riders, Ouachita Baptist Tigers and the Arkansas-Monticello Boll Weevils.
Last weekend, the Wonder Boys exploded on offense, scoring 58 points, the most since their season opener in 2015 against the Crimson Storm.
The Wonder Boys came out of the gate fast, forcing the Bisons to a three and out, and then quickly scoring on a three play, 56-yard, drive. Bryan Allen, from Forrest City, ended the drive with a two-yard run and an extra point from Eric Perez, from Green Forrest, made it 7-0. The Bisons then responded with a 13-play drive to make it 7-7 with five minutes left in the first quarter. The Wonder Boys then had a six-play, 30-yard drive ending with a five-yard run from Allen and extra point from Perez to make it 14-7 with 1:47 left in the first quarter. To finish out the first quarter, Kristian Thompson, from Dardanelle, returned a blocked punt for a 28-yard touchdown making it 21-7 after an extra point from Perez.
Into the second quarter, ending a solid eight-play, 98-yard drive was a 14-yard pass from Ty Reasnor, from Cashion, Oklahoma, to Tevin McKenzie, from Mobile, Alabama, along with another extra point from Perez to make it 28-7. Not much later and the Wonder Boys offense was scoring again, after a four-yard pass from Reasnor to McKenzie and an extra point from Perez the score was 35-7.
Going into the second half, the Wonder Boys duo struck again as another 14-yard pass from Reasnor to McKenzie and an extra point from Perez put the Wonder Boys up 41-7. Some life was shown from the Bisons as they scored after a break in the defense, which allowed a 50-yard touchdown making it 41-14. Firing back, Reasnor completed a 64-yard pass to J.V. Davis, from Benton, and extra point from Perez to put the Wonder Boys up to 48 points. Jandt Weary, from Mequite, Texas, put a halt to the charging Bisons, as he intercepted a pass, running it back 46 yards for the touchdown. An extra point from Perez made it 55-14.
In the fourth quarter, the Wonder Boys offense continued to march down the field ending a 13-play, 73-yard drive with a field goal from Perez to give the Wonder Boys their final points for the night making it 58-14. Not giving up, the Bisons kicked back with a 75-yard run for the last score of the night making it 58-21.
The Wonder Boys had 463 yards of total offense with 278 passing yards and 185 rushing yards, while getting 21 first downs converting 8-of-13 third down attempts. Reasnor was 14 for 19 for 264 yards and four touchdowns in the win.