RUSSELLVILLE - Southern Arkansas accomplished several things over the weekend, but nothing wasn’t as big as breaking the jinx of winning at Arkansas Tech in Russellville.
The Muleriders (3-1, 3-1 GAC) didn’t have an easy time against the winless Wonder Boys (0-4, 0-4 GAC), but got three touchdowns in the final six minutes to claim a 35-14 victory.
“It was a hard-fought ballgame on both sides, but I definitely proud we got the win,” said Muleriders’ head coach Bill Keopple. It was his first victory at Arkansas Tech as the Muleriders’ head coach. It was the first time SAU had won in Russellville since 2007.
“I thought we did some good things in the second half, but our inexperience showed in the first half,” said the coach.
True freshman OB Jones had two rushing touchdowns and redshirt freshman Kor’Davion Washington carried the ball 19 times for 158 yards and two scores.
Washington started with a 20-yard run on the game’s first play and had another 20-yard burst three plays later. With 7:44 on the clock, senior SirCharles Perkins crossed the goal line from the 11 and Austin Wilkerson’s PAT made it 7-0.
The teams then combined for five punts before Lorenzo Watkins came up with an interception midway through the second quarter. Two plays later, Washington fumbled and the Wonder Boys got on the board at the 1:40 mark to make the half-time score 7-7.
Following a 44-yard kickoff return by Mahleik Darty, the Muleriders went up 14-7 on Jones 2-yard score. Washington had runs of 10 and 13 yards on the drive, while Perkins ran for 12 yards to the 2.
Midway through the quarter, LaMondrick Turner scooped up an ATU fumble, but SAU was forced to punt three plays later.
Following another SAU fumble, the Wonder Boys tied the game at 14-14 on a 1-yard run with 11:33 to play. Washington’s 6-yard run following a 10-play drive put the Muleriders in front 21-14 with 6:17 to play.
At the 2:19 mark, Jones scored from the 3 to make it 28-14 and the Muleriders’ final score came on an 11-yard run at the 1:38 mark to make it 35-14.
DeMarcus Pegue came up with a game-ending interception for SAU.
The Muleriders return to Wilkins Stadium Saturday for a 2 p.m. GAC battle with Southwestern Oklahoma State.