Wonder Boys secure winning season, face Harding next

The Wonder Boys were able to come from behind and beat Southwestern Oklahoma this weekend, 24-20. The win improved the Wonder Boys to 6-4. Tech’s first lead of the game did not come until the 7:46 mark of the fourth quarter. Jabyes Cross from Riveria Beach, Florida completed 7-of-10 passes for 134 yards and a touchdown. Kristian Thompson from Dardanelle rushed for 70-yards and two touchdowns while Jandt Weary from Mesquite, Texas and D’Vonta Derricott from Richmond, Virginia, both led Tech with eight tackles each.

SWOSU got on the board first when they scored on a six-yard touchdown pass on a five play, 80-yard drive. However, both teams struggled during the rest of the first to put more on the board. Tech answered in the second quarter with a 68-yard pass to Justin Bailey from Mayflower to make the score 7-7, but SWOSU would take the lead right back before half-time on a 23-yard touchdown, making the score 14-7.

Coming out of half-time, both teams punted the ball on their initial drives. Tech tied the game on eight play drive for 57-yards. Thompson would punch it in on one yard run to tie the game 14-14. On the next SWOSU drive, they would score but the extra point would be blocked by Lovis Hall from Carthage, Texas. After the blocked field goal, the score was 20-14.

Tech scored the next 10 points in the fourth quarter after a fumble and intercep- tion cut two SWOSU drives short. SWOSU had six plays from inside the Wonder Boys’ 20-yard line in the final seconds, but the Wonder Boys forced incomplete passes on each play to win the game.

The win this weekend snapped a three- game SWOSU win streak in the all-time series. The Wonder Boys will close out the season against rival Harding University this Saturday. Kickoff from Security Stadium is at 2 p.m.