Weevils improve to 2-0 in GAC with 58-21 win over Bulldogs


The University of Arkansas at Monticello returned to Convoy Leslie-Cotton Bowl Stadium for the first time this season after going on the road in the opening game of the season having picked up a Great American Conference win against Northwestern Oklahoma State University 49-24.

Hosting the Southwestern Oklahoma State University Bulldogs on Saturday, September 9.

Last season it was the Bulldogs that defeated the Weevils 37-27 in Weatherford, Oklahoma that started a seven game losing streak for the remainder of the 2022 season.

Coming into the contest, the Weevils trailed the Bulldogs in the historical head to head with SWOSU leading the Weevils 6-5.

After winning the opening coin toss, UAM would elect to kick the ball away to begin the contest and the decision paid off for the Weevils after Elijah Reed muffed the return, fumbling the ball with UAM’s J’Waun Turner recovering the ball for the Weevils to give UAM the first turn over and possession at the SWOSU 15-yard line. 

Demilon Brown would connect with Kristian Gammage for the 15-yard score with 14:47 remaining in the first quarter.

Zachary Grisotti would add the extra point to give the Weevils a 7-0 lead.

Oklahoma would be forced to punt on their next possession with UAM starting their second drive at the 50 yard line.

UAM would cover the 50 yards, scoring on a two-yard run by Hayden Thomas with 9:09 showing on the clock.

After the missed extra point, the Weevils had extended their lead to 13-0.

UAM would once again force the Bulldogs to punt, getting the ball once again at the 50.

On the first play from scrimmage on the drive, Brown connected with Javonnie Gibson for a 50-yard touchdown pass.

Grisotti’s extra point attempt was blocked as the Weevils increased the lead to 19-0 at the 7:27 mark of the first quarter.

UAM would get one more score before the half on a 26-yard pass to Isaiah Cross for the score with 36 seconds remaining in the half. 

The two-point conversion attempt failed with the Weevils taking a 25-0 lead into the locker room at the half.

UAM received the ball to begin the second half with Arlie Lee returning the kick back 43 yards to give the Weevils possession at their own 47.

Brown’s first pass of the second half moved the ball into SWOSU territory on a nine-yard gain to cross to the 44.

UAM would gain a first down after a two-yard run by Gary Ferman to the 42.

After two incomplete passes, Brown would rush twice down to the 17-yard line. 

Brown came out of a timeout to lose five yards on a sack to the SWOSU 22.

From the 22, Brown would connect with Nick Howard for the Weevil touchdown.

Grisotti added the extra point to give the Weevils the 32-0 lead.

SWOSU would get on the board with 7:02 remaining in the third quarter after a 43 yard touchdown pass.

After the extra point, UAM led SWOSU 32-7.

Arlie Lee would give the Weevils excellent field position to begin their next drive after returning the Bulldog kick back 61 yards from the UAM five to the SWOSU 34.

Brown connected with Cross for the 34-yard touchdown pass to increase the lead to 38-7 after the missed extra point.

UAM would add a defensive score after Jalen Guillard intercepted the SWOSU pass, returning it back 40 yards for the score. 

Grisotti added the extra point to give the Weevils a 45-7 lead.

SWOSU would add two scores in the fourth quarter, as would UAM to set up the final score of 58-21 to even the series and to set the largest margin of victory between the two schools.

Brown would finish going 14 of 27 for 213 yards and four touchdowns.

Isaiah Cross led the receivers with 101 yards and two touchdowns on seven receptions.

The Weevils will travel to Searcy on Saturday, September 16, to face the Harding Bisons.

Harding is undefeated this season and has climbed to #11 in the American Football Coaches Association Top 25 poll.

Kickoff for UAM vs Harding is set for 6 pm.