Redhawks Drop Close Contest at Samford, 26-21
Sept. 22, 2007
By Tyler Koonce, Assistant Football Contact
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Southeast Missouri State was defeated, 26-21, in a closely contested Ohio Valley Conference opener on Saturday night at Seibert Stadium. The Redhawks led by as many as 14 points in the second half but were unable to hold on to the lead as Samford scored 19 unanswered points over the final 27 minutes of play. Southeast drops to 2-2 on the season and 0-1 in the conference.
The Redhawks got out to an early 3-0 lead on a 48-yard field goal by Doug Spada with 9:06 remaining in the first quarter. Spada added a 46-yarder with 10:25 left in the first half.
Less than a minute after Spada's second field goal, Samford struck back on a 32-yard touchdown pass from Jefferson Adcock to Jeff Moore.
Southeast wasted no time in responding. Timmy Holloman broke loose on the ensuing drive for a 39-yard touchdown run that also put him over the 100-yard mark with 6:47 remaining in the first half. The scoring scamper put Holloman over the century mark for the third consecutive week. Victor Anderson added a two-point conversion run to put the Redhawks ahead 14-7.
Following the halftime break, the Redhawks struck quickly as Holloman broke loose down the sideline on a 45-yard scoring run. Spada's extra point put Southeast ahead 21-7.
On the following kickoff, Alex Barnett returned Spada's kickoff 95 yards to bring the Bulldogs within seven points. Mark Prevost added third and fourth quarter field goals of 47, 37, 41 and 34 yards to put Samford ahead by five points with 2:14 left in the game.
Holloman finished with 170 yards on 28 carries, including 111 yards in the first half. Victor Anderson took most of the snaps under center, finishing with 64 passing yards while also adding 46 yards on the ground. Michael Williamson led the receivers with two receptions totaling 25 yards. Miles Edwards and Brad Stewart also caught multiple passes.
Defensively, Jared Goodson led the team in tackles for the third consecutive week, making eight solo stops, including one for a loss of four yards. Eddie Calvin added seven tackles while Kendall Magana and Matt Stahlberg finished with six.
Southeast returns home next Saturday to host Eastern Illinois during Family Weekend. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. from Houck Stadium with a free tailgate beginning at 4 p.m. on Bellevue Street in front of the Redhawks Success Center.