Southeast Plays at Missouri State in Final Road Game
Nov. 6, 2007
Date: Nov. 10, 2007
THE TEAMS: Southeast Missouri is 2-7 overall and 0-6 in the OVC. The Redhawks losses in the OVC are to Samford, Eastern Illinois, Eastern Kentucky, Murray State, Tennessee-Martin and Austin Peay. Their non-conference loss was to nationally ranked BCS opponent Cincinnati. The wins are over Southwest Baptist and Indiana State. Missouri State is 5-5 overall and 2-4 in the Gateway Conference. Saturday's game will be the season finale for the Bears.
THE COACHES: Tony Samuel is 6-14 in his second season at Southeast. He is 40-70 in his 10th year as a collegiate head coach including eight seasons at New Mexico State. Terry Allen is 7-14 in his second season at Missouri State and is 102-73 in his 15th year as a collegiate head coach.
THE SERIES: The Bears lead the series 45-21.
REDHAWKS FOURTH IN OVC RUSHING: Southeast was held to only 60 yards rushing against UT-Martin and 88 yards rushing vs. Austin Peay to drop to fourth in the OVC with 184.1 yards per game. The Redhawks rank 35th nationally in rushing. Missouri State is 29th nationally in rushing with 197.5 yards per game.
LILLARD 2ND IN OVC PASSING: Junior quarterback Houston Lillard is ranked second in the OVC in passing efficiency at 143.45. He ranks 21st nationally. Lillard was 17-35 for 265 yards and four touchdowns last week against Austin Peay. For the season, Lillard is 66-113 for 896 yards and seven touchdowns.
SPADA KICKS: Junior kicker and punter Doug Spada had a career long field goal of 50 yards against Murray State. Spada ranks 3rd in the OVC and 21st nationally in punting with an average of 41.77 yards per punt and he is tied for 19th nationally in field goals with 1.33 per game. He has been on target connecting on 12-16 field goals and 14-15 PAT's while averaging 41.77 yards per punt. He has field goals of 25, 49, 38, 25, 48, 46, 27, 26, 38, 28, 50, 21 and 33 yards. Louie Haseltine, a member of the Southeast baseball team, serves as a backup for Spada. Haseltine was a high school kicker and punter at DeSmet High School in St. Louis.
REDHAWKS 9TH NATIONALLY IN NET PUNTING: With Dough Spada's punting and good coverage, the Redhawks rank 9th nationally in net punting with with 36.45 net yards per punt.
CASPER LEADS OVC IN TACKLES: Senior linebacker Adam Casper, a first team preseason all-OVC choice, leads the OVC in tackles with 11.25 to rank 12th nationally. He had a career high 20 tackles against Eastern Illinois. Jared Goodson ranks fifth in the OVC with 9.3 tackles per game. Casper did not play against UT-Martin because of a knee injury. He returned to play against Austin Peay and recorded 16 tackles.
PETERSON CONTRIBUTES: Senior running back Elton Peterson has been granted an additional year of eligibility by the NCAA and played for the first time this season against Indiana State. Peterson who appeared only briefly in two games as a freshman petitioned the NCAA for the additional year, and was granted nine games this season. He has been a valuable all purpose back with 40 carries for 197 yards, 30 kickoff returns for 640 yards and four punt returns for 28 yards. He averages 123.6 yards per game in all-purpose running.
EDWARDS LEADS RECEIVERS: Miles Edwards leads the Redhawks in receiving with 23 catches for 309 yards and five touchdowns. Tight end Joe Tuineau has 17 catches for 284 yards.
Vincent Anderson GOES TO DEFENSE: Vincent Anderson, twin brother of quarterback Victor Anderson, was moved to defensive safety prior to the Eastern Kentucky game. As a receiver he had 12 catches for 122 yards. He had a seasonal best six catches for 75 yards against Indiana State. On defense, in four games, he has 29 tackles and has broken up three passes.
Victor Anderson FOLLOWS: Victor Anderson moved from quarterback to a safety prior to the UT-Martin game. Anderson follows his twin brother, Vincent, who made the move from offense to defense three weeks ago. Victor was the Redhawks starting quarterback for six of the first seven games but asked for the move to defense. In his first game in the secondary, Victor Anderson had six tackles including five unassisted stops. He had three tackles vs. Austin Peay.
HOLLOMAN RULED INELIGIBLE: Southeast announced on Oct. 9 that junior running back Timmy Holloman, who had over 100 yards rushing in each of his last four games, had been found in violation of NCAA eligibility rules and therefore has been declared ineligible effective immediately. The period of ineligibility is indefinite. Holloman led the Redhawks in rushing with 131 yards per game to rank first in the OVC. In OVC games only, Holloman led the league with 151.5 yards per game. He also led the team in scoring with six touchdowns for 36 points. In OVC games only, Holloman led the league in scoring with 9 points per game.
HOLLOMAN CAREER RUSHING: Holloman currently has 1,996 career rushing yards. He has eight games with over 100 yards rushing and two games with over 200 yards rushing. Holloman had rushed for over 100 yards in each of the last four games. He had 655 yards rushing this season.
ALL-TIME RUSHING LEADERS
CALVIN GOES 100: Eddie Calvin became the 26th player in the history of NCAA FCS to return an interception for 100 yards in the Southwest Baptist game. He is the third in OVC history
OVC HONORS: 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.
INJURIES: Senior linebacker Adam Casper left the Murray State game with a knee injury but is probable this week. Defensive back Antoine Chillers (leg) and defensive end Brian Turner (knee) were injured in the Cincinnati game and will be out indefinitely. Defensive linebacker Joshua Jackson (foot) and offensive lineman Matt Paris (leg) have missed the first eight games because of injuries. Sophomore fullback Nathan Grassi had an appendectomy last week and is out indefinitely. 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.
REDHAWKS IN THE NFL: Four former Redhawks players are on NFL rosters. Eugene Amano is an offensive lineman with the Tennessee Titans, Dimitri Patterson is a cornerback for the Kansas City Chiefs, Edgar Jones is an outside linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens and Dan Connolly is an offensive lineman for the New England Patriots.
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. The show can also be seen on The Storm Team 24-hour Weather Channel at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, 3 p.m. on Thursday, 7 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. on Saturday. The weather channel is on channel 12.4 using a digital tuner and is also on channel 113 on most Southeast Missouri Charter systems and on channel 249 on Comcast Cable in the Paducah area.
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 KGIR Radio, 1220 AM. Erik Sean hosts the show that will include audience participation and call-ins.