A-State football ended its five-game skid last Saturday against ULM in a dominant 48-15 victory. The spotlight was placed firmly on freshman wide receiver Corey Rucker, who was forced to step up after it was announced that star senior wide receiver Jonathan Adams was to miss the game due to injury.
Rucker took full advantage of his opportunity to shine, setting a new school record in single-game reception yards with 310 yards to his name, as well as reaching the end-zone four times. Sophomore wide receiver Jeff Foreman had himself a great game as well, hauling in two touchdowns and 144 yards.
It was sophomore Layne Hatcher who did most of the work through the air for the Red Wolves, completing 11 of his 14 passes for 326 yards and five touchdowns against a struggling Warhawks defense. Senior quarterback Logan Bonner struggled a bit more than his younger peer against ULM, completing just six of his 17 pass attempts and throwing a touchdown and interception. It is worth noting that Bonner seemed shaken up midway through the game after suffering a big hit.
With the win, the Red Wolves improved to 4-7 on the season, and that might end up being the final record for the 2020 Arkansas State football season, as Incarnate Word announced today that it is canceling its game against A-State that was scheduled for Saturday. Reports say that A-State is potentially looking to schedule Rice or Ohio as a replacement.
Also of note, Logan Bonner announced that he is leaving Arkansas State and entering the transfer portal to continue the final two years of his career somewhere else. Read more here: https://theherald.home.blog/2020/12/09/a-state-quarterback-logan-bonner-enters-transfer-portal/
Finally, both Jonathan Adams and senior linebacker Justin Rice have been nominated for national individual awards, with Adams named as a Biletnikoff Award semi-finalist, and Rice nominated as a Bednarik Award semi-finalist.
The first win of the season for A-State came in dominant fashion last Friday, as the Red Wolves unceremoniously wiped the floor with Crowley’s Ridge College from Paragould in a 115-49 victory.
Freshman Norchad Omier secured a double-double after leading A-State in scoring with 21 points, and securing 12 rebounds on the night. Three other Red Wolves scored in double-figures against the Pioneers, as junior Keyon Wesley scored 20, freshman Lazar Grbovic scored 17 and sophomore Caleb Fields scored 13.
The Red Wolves now sit with a 1-3 record heading into tonight’s contest at First National Bank Arena against UAPB.
A-State recovered after an embarrassing loss in its season-opener against UAPB with a definitive 80-73 victory over SIU-Edwardsville.
Peyton Martin had herself a career night, scoring 28 points which led the team and set a new personal record for the senior.
The Red Wolves pushed to a big lead after a dominant second quarter, and nursed the lead home to victory. For more on this game, read here: https://theherald.home.blog/2020/12/02/peyton-martin-leads-a-state-wbb-to-80-73-win-over-siu-edwardsville/