Tigers post blowout win on Boll Weevils’ homecoming

MONTICELLO — The 11th-ranked Ouachita Baptist Tigers spoiled Arkansas-Monticello’s homecoming with a 58-7 win over the Boll Weevils on Saturday at Willis “Convoy” Leslie Cotton Boll Stadium.

Ouachita’s ground game controlled the contest. The Tigers (6-0, 4-0 Great American Conference) totaled 396 rushing yards on a total of 47 carries. OBU’s Chris Rycraw led the way in that category with 22 carries for 242 yards with one touchdown. Jemarkus Harmon followed with four carries for 81 yards with two touchdowns.

OBU also capitalized off five UAM interceptions. The Tigers’ first touchdown of the game followed a 17-yard interception return to set up Steven Kehner for a 3-yard touchdown run on the first play of the series.

OBU also had a 13-yard interception return for a touchdown by Etauj Allen at the 11:42 mark of the second quarter and a 51-yard interception return for a touchdown by Greg Williams with 2:48 remaining in the fourth quarter, which was the only score of the final 15 minutes.

The Tigers were also able to increase their point total on a 73-yard punt return for a touchdown by Allen with 5:16 remaining in the opening quarter.

UAM’s lone score came at the 8:50 mark of the second quarter on a 7-yard touchdown run by freshman Nick Williams to cap a seven-play, 64-yard drive that used 2:54.

UAM (1-6, 0-5 GAC) finished with 256 yards of total offense. Senior Damon Wicker completed 12-of-23 passes for 123 yards, while adding another 63 yards on the ground on 13 carries. Wicker’s favorite target was Malik Matthews, who hauled in five catches for 53 yards.

The Tigers finished with 451 yards of total offense. In addition to its 396 rushing yards, OBU added 55 yards through the air on a 7-of-9 combined performance by quarterbacks Ty Towers and Benson Jordan.

Defensively, UAM was led by Andrew Jackson with eight tackles. Jackson Guerra led OBU with seven.

UAM is back in action next Saturday with a trip to Russellville to face Arkansas Tech. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. at Thone Stadium on the ATU campus.