Football Crushes Tennessee-Martin, 35-7
Oct. 30, 2004
By: Patrick Clark -
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - (Saturday, October 30, 2004) On the eve of Halloween the Southeast Missouri State football team needed no tricks or treats just defense and potent rushing attack to take down Tennessee-Martin in their homecoming game at Houck Stadium.
It started on the third play of the game for Southeast (2-6, 2-3 OVC) when senior tailback David Taufoou took a hand-off made a move and raced down the middle of the field for a 69-yard touchdown. A Derek Kutz extra-point made it 7-0.
The Skyhawks (2-7, 1-5 OVC) responded with a one-yard dive by Donald Chapman into the endzone to tie the game at 7-all. The Skyhawks got their excellent field position on a blocked punt. That would be the only "treat" they would capitalize on from the Indians.
Both teams went into the lockerooms stalemated at seven.
Taufoou didn't cool down at half, he added a 34-yard TD jaunt early in the third quarter to give the Indians a 14-7 lead that would not relinquish.
The rest of the third quarter became the "Kellin White Show". The junior cornerback intercepted two passes returning both for touchdowns. His first pick went 63-yards and he later added a 35-yard interception return for a TD before the end of the third quarter to give Southeast a 35-7 lead.
Between the White touchdowns, Adam Casper scored on a 2-yard run for his first career touchdown.
The Indians picked-up the defensive effort in the second half shutting down the Skyhawks despite a superb game by Chapman. He rushed for 272 yards and scored the lone Skyhawk TD.
O.J. Turner and Brandon Bohnert joined White with top-notch defensive play. Turner finished with a game-high 15 tackles. Bohnert recorded 3.5 tackles for loss, which included 3 sacks. He also forced a fumble and recovered one as well.
Sophomore punter David Simonhoff averaged 51.5 yards per punt including a career-long 82-yarder.
Next for the Indians is a road contest against Tennessee State on Saturday, November 6.