Missouri Baptist — I promise, football is a much more fun sport than you probably think right now. Southeast Missouri sets a school record for most points since they moved to Division I, shutting out first-year program Missouri Baptist in a lopsided win.
…I’m not sure lopsided is strong enough of a word. The Redhawks scored on thier first seven possessions and never looked back.
“I was proud of our team and I thought we played well,” said head coach Tom Matukewicz. “It was a great atmosphere tonight and awesome energy. Overall, I liked our execution.”
Kyle Snyder scored the first touchdown on a 1-yard run that was set up by a 61-yard punt return by Spencer Davis. After MBU punter Tyler Hach fumbled the snap on a 4th-and-15, Southeast took over on downs at the Spartans 25-yardline. On the next play, DeMichael Jackson broke free a 25-yard touchdown run down the far sideline to push the Redhawks lead to 14-0 at the 7:33 mark of the first quarter. They’d put up a third touchdown in the first quarter, before posting a 28-point second.
Central Michigan transfer quarterback Alex Niznak didn’t start, but saw time in the second half. He scored his first career rushing touchdown on a 1-yard run with 8:19 left in the third quarter.
Southeast racked up 516 yards of total offense and averaged 9.6 yards per play against MBU.
Snyder paved the way, completing 10-of-12 passes for 198 yards and two touchdowns. Additionally, he ran for 33 yards and two touchdowns on six carries, and completed passes to nine different receivers.
“Kyle did a good job of distributing the ball and he managed the offense well,” commented Matukewicz.
Jackson finished with 148 all-purpose yards, including a game-high 82 on the ground.
Special teams wise, the Redhawks kicked a perfect 11-of-11 extra points, nine of which came from Ryan McCrum who made only eight all of last season. I give a high grade to our special teams,” said Matukewicz. “They are getting better.”
Defensively, Roper Garrett turned in a game-high 10 tackles, one sack, two forced fumbles and 2.5 tackles for loss.
Southeast returns to action when it visits Big 12 Conference foe Kansas on Sept. 6.