Reddies stay undefeated with blowout win over Boll Weevils


ARKADELPHIA — The Arkansas-Monticello football team suffered a 71-0 loss to the No. 14 Henderson State Reddies on Saturday at Carpenter-Haygood Stadium.

After only allowing one touchdown in the first quarter, the Boll Weevils (1-5, 0-4 in the Great American Conference) gave up 35 points in the second quarter — four touchdowns coming from the arm of quarterback Kevin Rogers.

Rogers found Corey Chappell for a 5-yard score at the 4:06 mark of the first quarter, followed by a 4-yard pass to Darius Davis, a 5-yard pass to Elliot Hebert, a 16-yard pass to Davis and a 69-yard scoring pass to Robert Jordan — all in the second quarter. HSU’s Kevin Nichols mixed in a 2-yard touchdown run to finalize HSU’s (6-0, 4-0) first half scoring.

The Reddies racked up 395 yards of total offense in the first half, while holding UAM to just 130 and forcing three UAM turnovers in the first 30 minutes.

HSU completed the shutout by scoring 29 points in the final half — 13 points coming in the third quarter and 16 coming in the final 15 minutes.

HSU kicker Charles Gonsalves made it 45-0 with a 22-yard field goal with 11:51 left in the third quarter and added a 22-yarder, a 35-yarder and a 24-yarder throughout the remainder of the contest.

The Reddies added a 41-yard touchdown run by Jarvis Smith, a 22-yard fumble return for a touchdown by Randal Howard and a 74-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Black to Raheim Alford to finalize the scoring.

HSU finished with 655 yards of total offense. Reddie quarterback Kevin Rodgers was 23-of-30 through the air for 326 yards with five touchdowns through the first three quarters. His favorite target was Robert Jordan, who hauled in five receptions for 143 yards, including the 69-yard touchdown pass late in the second quarter.

UAM was limited to 254 yards of total offense and was only able to reach the red zone one time, which was nullified with an illegal block below the waist penalty.

Quarterback Damon Wicker finished the game 23-of-44 through the air for 131 yards, while adding another 70 yards on the ground on 15 carries. Ian Levine led the UAM receivers with eight catches for 61 yards.

The Boll Weevils are back in action next Saturday at home against No. 11 Ouachita Baptist. OBU will enter the contest 5-0 overall and 3-0 in the GAC thanks to its 33-12 victory over Southwestern Oklahoma State on Saturday. Next Saturday’s game will be UAM’s homecoming. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. at Willis “Convoy” Leslie Cotton Boll Stadium.