The Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys football team hold their own destiny as they move into the last weekend to take on the Harding Bisons at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11, at Thone Stadium. Last weekend, the Wonder Boys continued to fight for the top spot in the Great American Conference, with a win against the Southeastern Oklahoma Savage Storm, 48-10.
The Wonder Boys, 8-2 in Great American Conference play, will take on the Bisons, 7-3 in GAC play. The Wonder Boys continue to battle it out with the Ouachita Baptist Tigers for a top spot among the GAC. The Bisons look to take that spot from the Wonder Boys, as they come in close behind, with a 7-game win streak after an 0-3 start to the season.
With the Wonder Boys and the Tigers tied up for 1st, and the Bisons right behind, this weekend will decide the leader, or leaders, of the GAC. A win from the Wonder Boys and a loss for the Tigers, who are playing the in-town rival Henderson State Reddies, would put the Wonder Boys in first place. A loss for both the Wonder Boys and the Tigers would make for a 3-way tie for 1st in the GAC, between the Wonder Boys, the Tigers and the Bisons.
The Wonder Boys kept mostly to the ground in their 48-10 rout of the Savage Storm. With 535 yards of total offense, 390 of that being rushing yards, Braden Stringer, from Blanchard Oklahoma, led the way with a career high of 230 yards and four touchdowns. Stringer’s second touch of the day turned into a 44-yard run for a touchdown. In the second quarter, he scurried around for an 82-yard score to make a total of 132 yards on three carries. Not too far behind him was Bryan Allen, from Forrest City, who gained 106 yards on 15 carries and one touchdown for the Wonder Boys. This moved Allen up to 6th on the all-time rushing list for the Wonder Boys.
Eric Perez, from Green Forrest, kicked two field goals on the day, one being a season-long 45-yard conversion. This ties Perez with Paul Peletz for 35 career field goals the second-most in program history.
Ty Reasnor, from Cashion, Oklahoma, completed 17 passes for 145 yards and a touchdown. Chris Eastburn, from Pearcy, had the lone passing touchdown after a 3-yard pass from Reasnor put the Wonder Boys up for the first score of the game.
The defense continues to look strong as the Wonder Boys defense held the Savage Storm to 369 yards of total offense and only 10 points. The Savage Storm were 9-20 on third downs and only 1-5 on fourth down conversion attempts.