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Football - Sat, Oct. 22, 2016

LAKELAND, Fla. – Southeastern University (6-1; 4-0 Sun Conference), the 20th-ranked team in the NAIA Top 25 Coaches' poll, scored 21 points in the first quarter and led 31-0 at halftime on its way to a 45-0 Sun Conference football victory over Point University (3-6; 1-3 Sun Conference), Saturday, Oct. 22, in Lakeland, Florida.

 

Point totaled 148 offensive yards, 30 rushing and 118 passing, on 66 plays and took away the ball from Southeastern once on a fourth-quarter interception by linebacker Arnelle Brown (SO/Clarkston, GA).  Quarterback Derek Bellard (SO/Lake Charles, LA) led the Skyhawks in rushing with 21 carries for 27 net yards, including a run of 17 yards.  Bellard also completed 5-of-22 passes for 44 yards and was intercepted three times by Southeastern, which directly set up two Southeastern touchdowns in the first half and another touchdown late in the third quarter.

 

Running back Jamarius Thornton (FR/Atlanta, GA) gained 21 yard on five carries for the Skyhawks, and back-up quarterback Micah Maxey (FR/Lawrenceville, GA) completed a 74-yard pass in the fourth quarter to wide receiver Tyrell Warren (FR/Pleasant Grove, AL).

 

Southeastern rushed for 385 yards on 45 carries and scored four touchdowns on the ground, and quarterback Jonathan Pearce rushed for 19 yards, including a one-yard touchdown run with 7:26 left in the first quarter and completed 13-of-23 passes for 109 yards and threw touchdown passes of 22 yards to Matthew Craig and 12 yards to Jarrell Reynolds in the third quarter.  Reynolds also gained 205 yards on 20 carries and scored touchdowns of nine yards in the first quarter and 78 yards near the end of the second quarter.  Railond Garrett rushed five times for 77 yards, including a 64-yard gain, and Buddy Edwards gained 31 yards on six carries and scored a two-yard touchdown, Southeastern's first tally of the game, with 12:11 left in the first quarter.

 

Defensively, the Skyhawks recorded eight tackles for 14 yards lost and broke up two passes.   won the coin toss and chose to receive to open the game.  Defensive back Javon Horton (FR/Duluth, GA) led Point with six tackles, including five solos, and defensive end Antoine Land (JR/Lithonia, GA) made six tackles with three solos and participated in two tackles for losses and broke up a pass.  Defensive back Timothy Gary (FR/Lawrenceville, GA) made five tackles, with three solos, and linebacker Craig Armstead (SR/Starkville, MS) also made five tackles, with two solos.  Defensive end Bradley Bonner (JR/Loganville, GA) and linebacker Isaiah Ross (JR/Dallas, GA) also made five tackles each, with two solos.

 

Southeastern's defense was paced by defensive tackle David Green with 3.5 sacks and a total of five tackles for losses among his 11 tackles and linebacker Will Tillo with 10 tackles, two for losses and an assisted sack.  Southeastern totaled seven sacks for 48 yards of losses and had 17 total tackles for 69 yards of losses.  The Fire also broke up seven passes, intercepted three passes and blocked a punt.

 

NEXT OPPONENT: After a bye week on Oct. 29, first-year head coach Julius Dixon leads Point University into a 12 p.m. game on Saturday, Nov. 5, at Ave Maria University in Ave Maria, Fla., near Fort Myers.  The Gyrenes are coached by Joe Patterson, who is completing his 20th season as a football coach and his first season at Ave Maria.

 

Ave Maria is 0-7 overall and 0-3 in Sun Conference play this season and plays a conference game at Edward Waters College (Fla.) on Oct. 29, before hosting Point.  The Gyrenes have lost to Warner University, 20-14; 20-ranked Southwestern, the Sun's first-place team, 62-19, and Webber International, 14-9, Oct. 22.  Ave Maria averages 11 points and 175 offensive yards per game per game while allowing nearly 40 points and 430 offensive yards to its first seven opponents.

 
 
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