Southeast Closes Football Season at Jacksonville State
Nov. 17, 2004
Southeast Missouri State vs. Jacksonville State
Date: Nov. 20, 2004
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: Paul Snow Memorial Stadium, Jacksonville, Ala. (15,000)
2004 Records: Jacksonville State 8-1, 6-1 OVC, Southeast Missouri 3-7, 3-4 OVC
The Coaches: Tim Billings is 23-33 in his fifth season at Southeast Missouri
Jack Crow is 30-23 in his fifth season at JSU and 44-53 in his 8th year as a collegiate head coach
Radio: Southeast Radio Network anchored by K-103 FM in Cape Girardeau. Other network stations include KSIM in Sikeston and KWOC in Poplar Bluff. Todd Bonacki will do the play-by-play. Internet: Southeast Radio Network broadcast can be heard over the internet at www.k103fm.com.
THE TEAMS: Southeast Missouri is 3-7 overall and 3-4 in the OVC after upsetting Tennessee Tech 31-28 in overtime on Saturday. Jacksonville State is 8-1 overall and 6-1 in the OVC after beating Eastern Illinois 31-21. The Gamecocks have already clinched the OVC title and a berth in the I-AA playoffs.
THE COACHES: Tim Billings, a former assistant at Marshall, Missouri and Oklahoma, is 23-33 in his fifth season at Southeast. He was the 2002 OVC Coach of the Year and the 2002 AFCA Region 3 Coach of the Year. Billings is 0-1 vs. Jacksonville State. Jack Crow is 30-23 in his fifth season at Jacksonville State and is 44-53 in his eighth season as a collegiate head coach with previous coaching stints at Arkansas and Livingston.
THE SERIES: Jacksonville State leads the series 5-3.
LAST SEASON: Jacksonville State held off a late Southeast rally to win 22-17 at Houck Stadium in the OVC championship game that sent the Gamecocks to the NCAA playoffs. FINAL GAME FOR 17 SENIORS: The Jacksonville State game will be the final game for 17 Southeast seniors. Nate Johnston, Marco Tipton and Caleb Daniel will miss the game with injuries. Other seniors who will be in uniform and expected to see action on Saturday include Dan Bieg, Dan Connolly, Justin DeShon, Andrew Goodenough, Ray Goodson, Cal Jillson, Adam Jones, Derek Kutz, Chris NesSmith, Chaun Tate, David Taufoou, O.J. Turner, John Paul Usrey and A.J. Vassar.
SIMONHOFF SECOND NATIONALLY IN PUNTING: Southeast sophomore punter David Simonhoff leads the OVC and ranks second in the nation in punting. He averages 45.54 yards per punt with a long of 82. The national leader is Paul Ernster of Northern Arizona who averages 48.2 yards per punt. Simonhoff was named the OVC Special Teams Player of the Week after averaging 53.2 yards per punt against SIU and averaging 51.5 yards per punt against UT-Martin.
Simonhoff has five punts of over 70 yards this season. He was second team all-OVC last season when he averaged 41 yards per punt.
SOUTHEAST 12TH NATIONALLY IN PASSING: Southeast is second in the OVC and is ranks 12th nationally in passing offense. The Indians average 270 yards per game through the air.
GOODENOUGH SETS NEW SCHOOL AND OVC RECORDS FOR COMPLETIONS: With one game remaining, Andrew Goodenough has already established a new Southeast and OVC record for completions in a season with 261. The old school record was 242 by Jack Tomco in 2002. The old OVC record was 258 by Tony Romo of Eastern Illinois in 2002.
GOODENOUGH TOPS OVC PASSING: Senior Andrew Goodenough leads the OVC in passing yards per game with 270. He ranks second nationally in average completions per game with 26.1. Goodenough is second in the OVC and 161h nationally in total offense with 260.2 yards per game. He has passed for over 300 yards in four games this season. He led a second half comeback at Tennessee State with three touchdown passes. In the loss to EKU, Goodenough completed 33-57 passes for 339 yards and one TD, but was intercepted four times. At Eastern Illinois, he was 34-49 for 321 yards and two TD's. In the Samford game, Goodenough was 25-44 for 327 yards and two TD's with no interceptions. Against Central Michigan he was 32-50 for 304 yards and three TD's. At Bowling Green, he completed 25-33 passes for 269 yards with one interception.
In the season opener against SIU, Goodenough completed 21-35 passes for 183 yards with one interception.
NEW RECORDS: Southeast established new team and individual records for passes attempted and completed in the loss to Eastern Kentucky. The 59 passes as a team broke the old record of 56 vs. Murray State in 2001 and the 33 receptions broke the record of 34 vs. Eastern Illinois earlier this year. Andrew Goodenough established new records for attempts in a game with 57 breaking the old record of 50 set by Goodenough earlier this season at Central Michigan. The 33 completions by Goodenough broke the old record of 34 he established earlier this year at Eastern Illinois.
KUTZ KICKS: Senior kicker Derek Kutz had a career long 51-yard field goal at TSU. It is the longest field goal in the OVC this season. Selected as the OVC Special Teams Player of the Week after scoring 15 points in the 51-48 win over Samford, Kutz continues as one of the top field goal kickers in the OVC. Against Samford, Kutz was 6-6 on PAT's and 3-3 on field goals including the game winner of 22 yards in the forth overtime. He kicked a 47-yard field goal in the third overtime. For the season, Kutz has made 22-24 PAT's and 10-15 field goals.
GOODSON ROLLS ON: Twelve days after having knee surgery, Southeast All-American tight end Ray Goodson eight catches for 60 yards against EKU. For the season, Goodson has 53 catches for 564 yards and ranks third in the OVC in receptions per game with 5.30. He is sixth in the OVC in receiving yards per game. For his career, Goodson has 144 catches for 1,385 yards.
INJURIES: Edgar Jones (elbow) missed the Tennessee Tech game. Offensive linemen Caleb Daniel has been lost for the remainder of the season because of a neck injury. Defensive safety Anthony Lumpkin is out for the remainder of the season with a shoulder injury. .
OVC AND NATIONAL HONORS FOR SOUTHEAST DUO: Defensive back Kellin White has been selected as the OVC Defensive Player of the Week after returning two passes for touchdowns against Tennessee-Martin and punter David Simonhoff has been selected as the OVC Specialist of the Week after averaging 51.5 yards per punt against the Skyhawks. White's TD returns were from 61 and 35 yards. Simonhoff had punts of 82 and 71 yards as he increased his league leading average to 46.38 yards per punt. White was also selected as the National Defensive Player of the Week by Don Hansen's Football Gazette and Simonhoff was selected as the National Specialist of the Week by Division I-AA.org.
CONNOLLY SELECTED FOR LAS VEGAS BOWL: Senior offensive tackle Dan Connolly has been invited to play in the Las Vegas All-American Classic on Jan. 22 in Las Vegas. He will be one of 94 players to participate with most coming from I-A schools. Former Southeast wide receiver Willie Ponder, now with the New York Giants, participated in the Las Vegas Classic in 2003.
TOUCHDOWN 4 A CURE: Southeast co-captain and kicker Derek Kutz is heading up a campaign this fall called Touchdown 4 A Cure. Football team members are asking fans to pledge a dollar amount for each touchdown or field goal scored. Many of the players have had family members who have been affected by cancer and Touchdown 4 A Cure is their way of wanting to make a difference. The money raised will go to the kids of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis.
Professional golfer Karen Stupples, the touring pro for Dalhousie Golf Club in Cape Girardeau and the British Open Champion, who attended the Southeast football media day, was impressed by the cause and made a $1,000 donation.
Going into the final game, over $10,200 has already been raised.
PRESEASON ALL-AMERICANS: Tight end Ray Goodson has been selected as a preseason All-American by three different publications. Dan Bieg and Derek Kutz have been honorable mention on at least one preseason All-America team.
TWO NFL DRAFT CHOICES IN TWO YEARS: Southeast has had NFL draft choices in each of the last two years. Willie Ponder, a consensus All-American at Southeast, was drafted in the sixth round of the 2002 NFL draft by the New York Giants. Ponder, the Southeast record holder for receiving yards in a season with 1,453 and career receiving yards record holder with 2,513 yards in 2001-2002, made the Giants team and is returning kickoffs and listed as number two at wide receiver for the Giants this season.
Eugene Amano, the 2003 Rimington Award winner as the top center in I-AA football, was drafted in the seventh round of the 2003 draft by the Tennessee Titans. A four-year starter at Southeast, Amano has seen significant playing time with the Titans.
BILLINGS ON TELEVISION: Southeast Missouri Football with Tim Billings is televised weekly on UPN-The Beat. Todd Richards hosts the show that airs at 6:30 p.m. each Thursday.
Tim Billings RADIO SHOW: Tim Billings has a one-hour radio show each Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. The show is broadcast live from Buffalo Wild Wings in Cape Girardeau on ESPN Radio, 1220 AM. Erik Sean is host for the show that also includes call-ins and audience participation.
FINAL FOOTBALL GAME AS INDINS: The Southeast nickname is currently Indians but will become Redhawks in January of 2005.
NEXT SEASON: Southeast will open the 2005 football season on Thursday, Sept. 1, vs. SIU-Carbondale. The Salukis are currently the number one ranked team in Division I-AA.