PHOTO | Maddie VanderKooi
The Wonder Boys battled a 63-14 loss against No. 9 ranked Ouachita Baptist on Sept. 17 on home turf.
Both teams started with high energy, as Ouachita Baptist scored a touchdown less than two minutes into the game. The Wonder Boys quickly retaliated and evened the scoreboard five minutes into the quarter to bring the score to 7-7.
Taye Gatewood, a junior from Fort Smith, passed to Joyrion Chase, a sophomore from Marion, to get Tech on the board.
The level game would be short-lived, as Ouachita Baptist scored two touchdowns before the first quarter ended, progressing the score to 21-7.
The Wonder Boys struggled through the second quarter, as Ouachita Baptist was consistent with their touchdowns, scoring four times before the quarter ended. By halftime, the Wonder Boys were down 49-7.
The Wonder Boys gained some control in their defense, refusing Ouachita Baptist to score more than twice in the third quarter, but Ouachita Baptist would gain 14 more points, putting the scoreboard at 63-7.
The Wonder Boys tried to lessen the 56-point lead in the final quarter and successfully gained another touchdown at the top of the quarter. Devontae Dean, a senior from West Memphis, was responsible for the 22-yard run that lessened Ouachita Baptist’s lead and brought the score to 63-14.
The Wonder Boys held firm in their defense, refusing Ouachita Baptist to score, and attempted to make a last-minute comeback but would not score again before the fourth quarter ended.
The Wonder Boys will have a chance at redemption when they take the field against Arkansas-Monticello on Sept. 24 in an away game.
The Wonder Boys will return to Thone Stadium on Oct. 1 to face Southern Nazarene.