Wonder Boys stay tied for second with win

Matthew Emery/The Arka Tech
Matthew Emery/The Arka Tech
Matthew Emery/The Arka Tech

The Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys (6- 2) were able to outlast Southeastern Oklahoma on Saturday, with a final of 57-37.

Freshman running back Kristian Thompson set a couple of career highs. His 105 yards on the ground are the most he has rushed for this season. His 4 touchdowns are by far the most he has scored this season, and the most by a Wonder Boy this season since senior quarterback Arsenio Favor reached that number in a Sept. 26 matchup against Southern Arkansas.

Matthew Emery/The Arka Tech
Matthew Emery/The Arka Tech

Favor completed 12 of 18 passes, threw for 179 yards and had both a rushing and passing touchdown.

The Wonder Boys set the pace early in the first quarter after sophomore defensive back Jarrett Clayton blocked an extra point attempt and freshman Cua’ Rose returned it 98 yards for a defensive score that gave Tech a 9-6 lead.

After a 58-yard touchdown pass from Favor to sophomore Chris Eastburn and a 15-yard rushing touchdown from freshman running back Bryan Allen, the Wonder Boys found themselves up 29-6 with 13:29 left in the second quarter.

However, after an error from Favor that resulted in a pick six, Southeastern Oklahoma was able to close the gap, making it 29-20 with 9:28 left in the second.

Matthew Emery/The Arka Tech
Matthew Emery/The Arka Tech

Tech would quickly answer back with two touchdowns before halftime, including one 77-yard drive that culminated in a one-yard touchdown by Thompson.

The GAC leading Wonder Boys defense had a rough day, but that didn’t stop senior linebacker Logan Genz from adding 18 more tackles to his Tech record.

Along with his defensive PAT return, Rose also had seven tackles and an interception.

Saturday’s win against Southeastern Oklahoma keeps Tech tied for second with Harding behind Henderson State in the GAC.

The Wonder Boys season is coming down to the wire, as they hit the road for the final time this regular season on Saturday when they travel to Alva, Oklahoma, for a contest against Southwestern Oklahoma. Kickoff is at 2 p.m.