Bowl Bound

Nick McCoy, Contributing Writer

The Savage Storm football team will be playing in the Texarkana Live United Bowl against Central Missouri State on Saturday, Dec. 6 at noon. Both teams have a 7-4 record.

This will mark the third bowl game in program history for Southeastern and the first since the 1994 Aztec Bowl, which resulted in a tie.

Southeastern finished fourth in the Great American Conference in the regular season and the storm posted top five ranks in several offensive and defensive categories.

“My impression for the regular season is that I think we took steps forward in the direction of the program,” said defensive coordinator Charles Burks. “There is one thing with wins but the change in attitude and the belief that the players believe they can win is the attitude change and having sound belief in winning.”

The Storm had five players earn GAC accolades. Punter Jared Heim was named all first team GAC. Other notable mentions are senior wide out Anthony Foster, senior left tackle Preston Smith earned second team selections and honorable mentions where running back Devlon Wortham. Wortham finished with 796 yards and 10 touchdowns. Center Greg Lunceford was also mentioned.

Burk’s said,” The defense was productive in a collective effort by getting to the ball and making elite level plays guys like Raheem Wilson had a good year. He has two years left so he has time to get stronger and really become a good player. Damarius Lavander a red shirt freshman from Monroe Louisiana had a good year as well, in addition to senior safety Chad Tucker.”

Southeastern will be entering the bowl game with a turnaround season from last year. They had a 2-8 season in 2013 and have made strides to become better in 2014.

“When you have a post-season berth your younger players get a chance to practice more and learn more and with the bowl game you get exposure with your players and there is just a strict focus and work ethic to go get a win. This is huge for the school and also for the GAC Conference,” said Burks.