Redhawks Host Southwest Baptist in Home Opener
Sept. 4, 2007
Date: Sept. 8, 2007
THE TEAMS: Southeast Missouri is 0-1 after losing 59-3 at Cincinnati. The Redhawks were 4-7 overall and 2-6 in the OVC last season. Southwest Baptist is 0-1 after dropping a 43-40 thriller at Harding. The Bearcats were 1-10 last season.
THE COACHES: Tony Samuel is 4-8 in his second season at Southeast. He is 38-65 in his 10th year as a collegiate head coach including eight seasons at New Mexico State.
THE SERIES: This will be the fifth meeting with the series tied 2-2. Southeast won the last meeting 21-7 in 1990 when both teams were Division II. Both teams are former members of the MIAA.
REDHAWKS OPENER: Cincinnati, ranked 56th nationally by Sports Illustrated, rolled up 615 yards in total offense in the 59-3 win over the Redhawks. Southeast managed just 262 yards vs. the Bearcats who host Oregon State on Thursday night.
ABOUT SOUTHWEST BAPTIST: The Bearcats had over 500 yards in total offense in the 43-40 loss at Harding in the season opener. Freshman quarterback Steve Gachette threw for 379 yards and four TD's and ran the ball five times for 55 yards. Gachette was 40-61 with two interceptions. His favorite target was Nick Smart who had 14 catches for 148 yards and two touchdowns.
Victor Anderson IS OVC NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK: Junior quarterback Victor Anderson was voted the OVC Newcomer of the Week for his performance at Cincinnati. Anderson, a junior college transfer, rushed for a game-high 118 yards on 13 carries, good for an average of 9.1 yards per run. He also went 8-16 passing with 58 yards through the air. In the second quarter, he broke loose down the home sideline for a game-best 36-yard run down to the Cincinnati 1-yard line that set up a 25-yard field goal by Doug Spada.
TWIN BROTHER VINCENT LEADS RECEIVERS: Vincent Anderson, twin brother of quarterback Victor Anderson, had three catches for 22 yards to lead all Redhawks receivers in the opening game. Clint Jones, last season's receptions leader from the fullback position, had two catches for 11 yards.
CASPER STARTS STRONG: Senior inside linebacker Adam Casper, a first team preseason All-OVC choice, had eight tackles, one quarterback hurry, one pass broken up and a forced fumble in the season opener at Cincinnati. A first team All-OVC selection last season when he led the Redhawks in tackles with 108 tackles, Casper also had six tackles for losses of 13 yards, broke up three passes, one interception and a fumble returned for a touchdown vs. Austin Peay.
PEOPLES LEADS TACKLERS: Walter Peoples, sophomore rover, led Redhawks tacklers with nine stops in the Cincinnati game. He made 11 tackles as a freshman in 2006.
DEPTH AT RUNNING BACK: Timmy Holloman returns at running back. Despite battling leg injuries, Holloman, who had six carries for eight yards in the season opener, led last year's team in rushing with 653 yards and six touchdowns. For his career, Holloman has 1,349 yards rushing and 313 yards receiving. Holloman is backed up by redshirt freshman Sterling Hardin, who had seven carries for 27 yards in the opener, freshman Alfred Reese, who had five carries for 24 yards and true freshman Mike Jones, who was a two-time All-Western Kentucky Conference running back at Paducah Tilghman High School in Paducah, Ky. Jones missed the opener with a toe injury.
SPADA HANDLES ALL KICKING: With Colin Schermann sidelined, sophomore Doug Spada will handle all kicking and punting. Spada, who kicked off last season as a true freshman, was 0-1 in field goals and had one punt for 43 yards last season. In the season opener at Cincinnati, Spada averaged 39.2 yards per punt and was 1-2 on field goals. He connected on a field goal of 25 yards and missed a 50-yard try. As a prep player in Shelby, N.C., he was MVP of the soccer team and trained for soccer in England with the prestigious Chelsea Football Club. He was also a state champion swimmer. Louie Haseltine, a member of the Southeast baseball team, will serve as a backup for Spada. Haseltine was a high school kicker and punter at DeSmet Jesuit High School in St. Louis, Mo.
BIG RECEIVERS: The biggest receiver is veteran Joseph Tuineau (6-8, 280) who hopes to have a big senior season. He has 40 career receptions for 438 yards. Born in Fiji, Tuineau moved to New Zealand at the age of eight and developed into an outstanding rugby player. He had never played football until he enrolled at Southeast in 2003.
BEEFED UP LINES: Both the offensive and defensive lines have added newcomers with considerable size. On offense, Josh Guthrie (6-6, 370), Miles Stroter (6-6, 345), Bryan Curry (6-3, 320), Paul McGuire (6-4, 325) and John Schuller (6-4, 310) bring their large frames to the offensive line. On defense, Errik Aliifua (6-3, 330) and Maurice Lyles (6-2, 300) will increase the size over last year's linemen.
INJURIES: Defensive back Antoine Chillers (leg) and defensive end Brian Turner (knee) were injured in the Cincinnati game and will be out indefinitely. Linebacker Joshua Jackson (foot) and offensive lineman Matt Paris (leg) missed the Cincinnati game because of injuries and are doubtful this week. Kicker Colin Schermann will also miss the game because of a head injury received in a ladder accident at his home prior to the start of fall drills.
PETERSON GETS NINE GAMES: Senior running back Elton Peterson has been granted an additional year of eligibility but miss the first two games. Peterson who appeared only briefly in two games as a freshman petitioned the NCAA for the additional year. He will be eligible to play on Sept. 15 when the Redhawks host Indiana State.
REDHAWKS IN THE NFL: Three former Redhawks players are on NFL rosters going into the first game of the season. Eugene Amano is a center with the Tennessee Titans and Dimitri Patterson is a cornerback for the Kansas City Chiefs while Edgar Jones is an outside linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens.
NEBRASKA CONNECTION: Eight Southeast coaches have ties to Nebraska. New outside linebackers/safeties coach George Darlington was an assistant for the Cornhuskers for 30 years and was the position coach for head coach Tony Samuel, wide receivers coach Lorenzo Brinkley and defensive backs coach Kenny Wilhite. Defensive coordinator Tim McGuire and offensive line coach Brian Boerboom also played for the team while Darlington was an assistant. Running backs coach Chris Norris played under Tom Osborne when Samuel was an assistant in Lincoln and the father of defensive line coach Justin Kramer had Samuel as a position coach.
COACHING ASSIGNMENTS: Head Coach-Tony Samuel, Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator-Vincent White, Defensive Coordinator/Inside Linebackers-Tim McGuire, Running Backs/Special Teams-Chris Norris, Offensive Line-Brian Boerboom, Wide Receivers-Lorenzo Brinkley, Outside Linebackers/Safeties-George Darlington, Defensive Line/Director of Football Operations-Justin Kramer, Tight Ends-Eric Ravellette, Cornerbacks-Kenny Wilhite, Graduate Assistant-Matt Vincent.
REDHAWKS AGAIN HAVE ST. LOUIS RADIO STATION: The Southeast Missouri Football Radio Network will again include 1380 ESPN Radio in St. Louis. The network, operated by Mississippi River Radio will be anchored by 100,000-watt K-103 FM in Cape Girardeau. Other network stations include KSIM, Sikeston; KWOC, Poplar Bluff and KMAL, Malden. Erik Sean will be the play-by-play voice of Redhawks football with former quarterback Rick Wieser adding commentary for home games and Ron Hines, Sports Information Director, handling commentary on road games. Todd Bonacki will be a sideline reporter for home games.
REDHAWKS FOOTBALL WITH Tony Samuel: Samuel will have a weekly 30-minute television show on The Heartland's CW, WQWQ-TV. The show will air at 11:05 p.m. on Fridays and will be hosted by KFVS-TV sports director Todd Richards. The show will also be shown on Charter Cable Channel 11 on Saturday mornings at 7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., and 12-noon.
COACH SAMUEL ON RADIO: Coach Samuel can be heard each Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., live from Port Cape Girardeau, on KAPE Radio, 1220 AM. Erik Sean hosts the show that will include audience participation and call-ins.
OVC SPORTS.TV: Southeast football games will be video streamed on the Ohio Valley Conference's premium website, OVCSports.tv, which can be accessed by logging on to the league's official website, OVCSports.com. Subscriptions are available on an annual, seasonal and per event basis.