MONTICELLO – Southern Arkansas fell at the horn on Saturday afternoon in Drew County as Monticello's Josh Marini pushed through a 34-yard field goal as time expired to lift Arkansas-Monticello (6-5, 6-5 GAC) past SAU in the Battle of the Timberlands inside Leslie Convoy Cotton Boll Stadium.
Both Southern Arkansas touchdowns occurred in the first half as Barrett Renner connected with Karonce Higgins on a 28-yard touchdown pass to cap a four-play, 77-yard drive on the Muleriders' first possession of the game and with 16 seconds left in the first half, Renner tossed a five-yard pass to Dalton Wright for six points and a 14-0 lead at the intermission.
The Muleriders answered UAM's first touchdown, which came with 2:34 remaining in the third quarter, with a 22-yard field goal from the foot of Austin Wilkerson.
Southern Arkansas was unable to convert a fourth and one opportunity from the UAM6 midway through the fourth quarter on a drive that took 6:08 off the clock. UAM followed with a 94-yard, game-tying drive in 12 plays that ended with 58 seconds remaining.
A quick three-and-out by the Muleriders set the stage for Marini who knocked through the aforementioned 34-yard field goal at the horn for the win.
With a 17-7 lead, the Weevils would score the game's final 13 points to claim the Battle of the Timberlands trophy.