Football Hosts Missouri-Rolla In Home Opener
Sept. 7, 2006
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.-
Missouri-Rolla at Southeast Missouri State
THE TEAMS: Southeast Missouri is 1-0 after a 38-23 win over Austin Peay while Missouri-Rolla is 0-1 after losing to Tiffin 58-32. The two schools were both formerly in the Division II Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) but Southeast now plays in the I-AA Ohio Valley Conference while UMR is in the Division II Great Lakes Valley Conference.
THE COACHES: Tony Samuel, an assistant at Purdue last season after serving as eight years as head coach at New Mexico State, is 1-0 in his first season at Southeast. He is 35-57 in his ninth year as a collegiate head coach. Kirby Cannon is 14-64 in his eighth season at Missouri-Rolla.
THE SERIES: Southeast leads the series 34-23-3. The teams last met in 1990 when the Redhawks, who have won five straight in the series, won 28-17.
ABOUT THE MINERS: The Miners had 435 yards in total offense in the 58-32 loss to Tiffin in their season opener. Senior quarterback Joe Winters, a transfer from Columbia University, completed 25-43 passes for 402 yards and four touchdowns and was selected as the Division II national offensive player of the week. The Miner defense gave up 551 yards including 406 yards on the ground.
BALANCED ATTACK: In the season opening win over Austin Peay, Southeast had 178 yards rushing and 180 yards passing. Quarterback Kevin Ballatore was 14-20 passing for 180 yards and one TD. Tim Holloman had 23 carries for 97 yards and one TD while freshman Tony Anderson had six carries for 45 yards and one TD and John Radney had 10 carries for 43 yards and one touchdown.
SOUTHEAST IN THE OVC STATS: The Redhawks lead the league in scoring with 38 points in the opener and rank second in scoring defense, allowing 13 points. The Redhawks also lead the league in punting (45.5 yards per punt), turnover margin (4.0), rushing offense (178 ypg), pass efficiency (162.1), sacks (4.0), and fourth down conversions (1-1).
INDIVIDUAL OVC STATS: David Simonhoff, the OVC leader in punting the last two seasons, is again on top with 45.5 yards per punt. Colin Schermann leads the league in PAT kicking percentage with 5-5 for 100%. Quarterback Kevin Ballatore is second I passing average per game with 180.0 and is second in total offense with 173 yards per game. Edgar Jones leads the league in sacks with 2.5, tackles for losses with 3.0 and fumbles forced with one.
CAPTAINS ELECTED: The Redhawks have elected two offensive and two defensive captains. Serving the offense will be quarterback Kevin Ballatore and wide receiver Oge Oge. The defensive captains are linebacker Seth Harrell and defensive end Edgar Jones who is serving his second season as a captain.
PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN: Senior punter David Simonhoff was named a first team preseason All-American by The Sports Network and I-AA.org. Simonhoff was a first team All-America pick by the American Football Coaches Association after last season when he again led the OVC in punting. In the opening win at Austin Peay, Simonhoff had four punts for an average of 45.5 yards per punt with three inside the 20. Simonhoff averaged 43.6 yards per punt during his previous three seasons at Southeast. In 2004 he established a new Southeast and OVC individual season record when he averaged 46 yards per punt. He has three punts of 80 yards or more and seven punts of 70 yards or more.
PRESEASON ALL-OVC: Simonhoff was a preseason all-OVC choice for the second straight year. He was joined on the preseason all-OVC team by sophomore kicker Colin Schermann and senior defensive end Edgar Jones.
Oge Oge RETURNS: Oge Oge, who redshirted last season, is back for his senior season. He was a starter in 2004 when had 33 catches for 426 yards and three TD's. Oge Oge was born on 11-11-84. In the opener, Oge had three catches for 52 yards including a 42 yard touchdown reception.
THREE ANDERSON'S, THREE JONES': The Redhawks roster includes three players with the last name of Anderson and three with the last name of Jones. None are related. The Andersons include Marvin Anderson of Willingboro, New Jersey, Robert Anderson of Hillsboro, Mo., and Tony Anderson of Arlington, Texas. The three Jones players include Clint Jones of Mesquite, Texas, Edgar Jones of Rayville, La., and Todshon Jones of Atco, New Jersey.
SCHOLAR BALLERS: The Southeast football team is participating in the Scholar Baller program as a pilot project for the NCAA. Scholar Baller is a committed team of educators, administrators, professional athletes and entertainers dedicated to educating today's youth about the importance of academics using sports and entertainment. Scholar Baller is a nonprofit organization inspiring youth to excel in academics using incentive based educational programs that recognize the cultural power that sport and entertainment have in the development of character in a manner that transcends race, gender and class. The Southeast soccer and volleyball squads are also participating. All Southeast football players who have 3.0 or higher cumulative grade point averages will wear a Scholar Baller patch on their game jersey. Players with the special patches include Terry Anderson, Kevin Ballatore, Matt Boyack, Clayton Caron, Adam Casper, Joe Goff, Zach Leible, |Kendall |Magana, Francisco Perez, Colin Schermann and Joe Tuineau.
NEXT WEEK: The Redhawks will open OVC play at Jacksonville State. The game kicks off at 2:30 p.m. and will be televised by CSS.
REDHAWKS ADD ST. LOUIS RADIO STATION: The Southeast Football Network has added 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 adding color during the road games. Todd Bonacki will be a sideline reporter for home games.
LIVE VIDEO STREAMING: For the first time ever, Southeast fans will be able to watch Redhawks football on the internet throught the Ohio Valley Conference's new premium web site, OVCSports.TV. OVCSports.TV can be accessed by logging on the OVC Web site, www.ovcsports.com, and is made possible through a partnership with XOS Technologies, a leading provider of sports technology. Subscriptions are available on an annual, seasonal and per-events basis. In addition to the game video, the weekly television show, Redhawks Football with Tony Samuel, will also be available on line.
REDHAWKS FOOTBALL WITH Tony Samuel: Coach Samuel will have a weekly 30-minute television show on Heartland's CW, WQWQ-TV. The show ill air at 11 p.m. on Fridays and will be hosted by KFVS-TV and The CW sports director Todd Richards. The show, which will debut this Friday, Sept. 1, will also be shown on Charter Cable Channel 11 in Cape Girardeau on Saturday mornings at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
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 will host the show that will include audience participation and call ins.
CSS WILL TELEVISE JACKSONVILLE STATE GAME: The Redhawks game at Jacksonville State on Sept. 16 will be televised by CSS which goes into over 4.1-million homes in the southern United States. Charter Cable is working on a plan that would bring the telecast to the Cape Girardeau area.