It was not a great week for A-State Athletics across the board, as both the men’s and women’s basketball teams failed to score a victory to start their campaigns. Meanwhile, the Red Wolves football team dropped its fifth straight game last Saturday against South Alabama.
A-State went into last Saturday’s home matchup against South Alabama with a 3-6 record, needing to win out to clinch a bowl game in the postseason. It was back and forth early on, and the Red Wolves managed a late score to take the 17-14 lead heading into half-time.
South Alabama won the second half, going up 38-31 with two minutes remaining for A-State to respond and force overtime. It was not meant to be however, as Layne Hatcher took a sack while six yards away from the goal line and turned the ball over on downs, dropping the Red Wolves to an abysmal 3-7 record.
Individual stat lines for A-State look great, as senior quarterback Logan Bonner threw 11 for 16 with 183 yards and four touchdowns. Senior wide receiver Jonathan Adams broke 1,000 yards on the season with nine receptions for 138 yards and a pair of touchdowns. A-State actually outgained the Jaguars in yards as well, 493-486.
It was a game that came down to the final play, but in history it should never be that way against South Alabama. The Red Wolves have fallen far and head coach Blake Anderson has said that next season is beginning right now.
ULM is next up, with the Warhawks travelling to Centennial Bank Stadium to play A-State this Saturday at 2 p.m.
Another upset was thrown A-State’s way when Arkansas-Pine Bluff walked into First National Bank Arena and soundly defeated the women’s basketball team by a score of 85-68.
To compare with last season, the Red Wolves cruised past the Golden Lions 81-60, albeit that was A-State’s eighth game of the season while this year was its season opener.
Scoring wasn’t much of an issue for the Red Wolves, or at least four players on the squad as they scored in the double-digits, led by senior guard Morgan Wallace who put up 15 points on the evening along with eight rebounds. Wallace was just done much better by UAPB’s Tyler Pyburn who scored 23 points and shot 9-16 from the field, including a 50-percent make percentage from the three-point line.
The loss starts A-State’s season with an 0-1 record, as the Red Wolves look to rebound against SIU-Edwardsville tonight.
While the women’s team stayed in Jonesboro over the Thanksgiving break, the men’s team went on the road to Huntington, West Virginia to play Marshall last Friday, before going to Morehead, Kentucky to take on Morehead State on Sunday.
Both games ended up in the L column for the Red Wolves, as A-State fell 56-70 to the Mean Green from Marshall, and lost to the Eagles of Morehead State 61-69.
Sophomore Caleb Fields seemed to be the bright spot for the Red Wolves in both games, scoring 13 points against Marshall and netting only one point less than teammate Marquis Eaton. It was Sunday where Fields really took off however, scoring over one-third of A-State’s points with 23 to his name and shooting a perfect 9-9 with his free-throws.
Junior transfer Keyon Wesley made the best first impression for A-State, finishing third on the team in scoring in both games with nine points against Marshall and seven against Morehead State. Wesley shot over 50-percent from the field in both games, albeit off of very limited attempts in both cases.
The Red Wolves are now 0-2 on the season and look to regroup tonight against Memphis in its third straight game on the road.