A big homecoming win for the University of Arkansas at Monticello Boll Weevils was jump-started by a completed touchdown from sophomore Cole Sears to Treveon Smith on a fourth down. In an abnormal affair, the Boll Weevils would go on to take down the Southern Nazarene Thunder Cats by a final of 35-23.
The game began at 3 p.m., and because of a lighting delay, the game didn't end until around 8:20 p.m.
The Thunder Cats answered the first score with a five-play drive capped off by a two-yard rushing touchdown. However, the Boll Weevils would respond with a productive six-play drive of their own.
Sears found his receiver Austin Harris for a 14-yard connection to put the Weevils up seven with 5:41 to play in the first quarter.
However, Thunder Cat quarterback Jacob Spady then answered to keep the Weevils grounded. Spady led a 13-play drive that covered 70 yards, and it was capped off by a two-yard touchdown run by Daniel Ramos to knot the score.
That's when the the lighting delay would occur, and for over an hour both teams had to strategically map out their game plans for when play resumed.
After the delay, when the Boll Weevils got the ball they, knew exactly what they wanted to do as they marched right down the field. The drive would be ended with the first UAM rushing touchdown of the game to put them ahead 21-14.
UAM defensive back Jeremy Jackson would then step up to make an interception for the defense.
Sears would then produce points off of the turnover by connecting with Jamal Chevis for his third touchdown completion of the game. At halftime, UAM led the Thunder Cats 28-14.
After the UAM defense forced a punt to start the third, the Boll Weevils offense would march all the way down the Southern Nazarene five yard line. On 4th and goal from the five, UAM Head Coach Hud Jackson elected to go for it and put the dagger in this one, but Sears' pass fell incomplete.
The Boll Weevil defense would force two more punts, and UAM would turn it over on down again near the red zone before another score was recorded.
With 2:06 remaining in the third quarter, UAM began a drive on their own 39, and that's when running back Nigel Dora would make his mark on the game. On first and 10 from the SNU 42, Dora exploded for a 42 yard rushing touchdown to put UAM ahead 35-14.
In a comeback attempt, SNU would outscore the Boll Weevils 14-0 in the fourth quarter, but that wasn't enough to overcome the deficit.
Sears had a light but productive day in the air as he completed 8/14 passes for 127 yards and three touchdowns.
Imani Riley had a solid day rushing the ball 15 times for 108 yards and one touchdown. Treveon Smith, Austin Harris and Jamal Chevis all reeled a touchdown catch. On defense, Anthony Stephens led UAM with 11 total tackles.