Weevils look to calm Storm home opener


MONTICELLO — The main goal for the Arkansas-Monticello Boll Weevils this week is to get a win which would snap an 11-game losing streak, dating back to Week 2 of last year.

“All we want to do is get a win,” UAM head coach Hud Jackson said. “I don’t care if the score is 2-0. We just need to get a win.

“Hopefully, we can do that.”

UAM will host Southeastern Oklahoma State at 6 p.m. Saturday at Willis “Convoy” Leslie Cotton Boll Stadium. The Savage Storm knocked off Southern Arkansas, the Great American Conference’s preseason No. 2 team, in the opener, for its third-straight season-opening win.

“I’m glad to be playing at home, and I think our guys are excited about that too,” Jackson said. “Southeastern is a really good team and is coming off a big win over SAU.”

In the season opener, Southeastern’s Devlon Wortham piled up 220 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries while leading the Storm to a 56-50 victory over SAU. The teams combined for 106 points in the contest, finishing one point behind the regular-season GAC record for combined points.

“We will really have to contain their quarterback and running back who rushed for over 200 yards in that game,” Jackson said. “We are going to have our hands full from that standpoint.”

Wortham was a walk-on as a true freshman in 2012, and was not even on the two-deep for week one. His 220 yards is the eighth-best single game in Southeastern history and the first 200 yard game since Baylen Laury posted 222 yards against East Central (Okla.) in 2010.

Jackson said don’t let the score fool you; Southeastern is very sound on defense.

“They are very disciplined defensively,” Jackson said. “We just got to take advantage of some of the looks they give us.

“Hopefully, we can have some productive plays on the offensive side of the ball.”

In last week’s season opener in Ada, Okla., UAM outgained East Central in total offense, but committed five turnovers leading to a 46-22 loss.

In his Weevils’ debut, sophomore quarterback Colton Morrison completed 38 of 55 passes for 241 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions. He became the first UAM quarterback to attempt at least 50 passes since the 2004 season.

His favorite target was sophomore wide receiver Cody Bordelon, who hauled in 12 passes for 128 yards, including an eight-yard touchdown in the third quarter.

“We had a pretty good practice the week before (the season opener),” Bordelon said. “Me and Colton worked on a lot of long balls, and we worked on a lot of screens.

“Colton is a pretty good quarterback. He has a good arm and he can sling it.”

Bordelon said he expects to see the same kind of offense this week against Southeastern.

“We have a lot of speed on the outside and we got some good physical guys inside that can block,” Bordelon said. “In the second half (against ECU), we came out and played like we should.

“Hopefully that’s how we start off playing this week.”

Jackson said he was proud of how Bordelon played.

“He did a great job,” Jackson said. “He is really fast and he knows how to get small and get into some gaps.

“I thought he did a great job and hopefully that is something he can build off for the rest of the year.”

UAM (0-1) has won the last two home openers under Jackson with a 38-31 win over Arkansas Tech in 2011 and a 78-0 win over College of Faith last year.

“I am excited that it’s a home game,” Bordelon said. “We get to play on our field and we get to have our family and everybody out there to watch us.

“Home games are always fun, big and competitive for us because nobody wants to lose on their home field.”

Bordelon said if UAM wants to win today, it has to “come together as a team.”

“The first game is usually the toughest,” Bordelon said. “We are mentally where we need to be now.”

Williams expected to play

Last year, junior running back Nick Williams rushed 68 times for 266 yards and six touchdowns to lead the Weevils on the ground. But in last week’s loss at ECU, Williams didn’t play.

Jackson said that is just how the pieces fell.

“We got into a situation where we threw the ball a little bit more,” he said. “Obviously we want to be as balanced as we can be.

“Nick will get some playing time.”

SE OKLAHOMA STATE SAVAGE STORM (1-0) AT UAM BOLL WEEVILS (0-1)

6 p.m. Saturday • Convoy Leslie Cotton Boll Stadium, Monticello • Radio: KHBM-FM 93.7 • GAC records: SOSU 1-0, UAM 0-1