Art Lawler Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
Ada — You may think these two have little to play for — and you could be wrong.
Southeastern Oklahoma State University and East Central University have played against each other in the game of football 94 times. Six of those games ended in a tie.
Of the other 88 contests, East Central Oklahoma has won 44 times. Southeastern OSU has won 44 times.
Go ahead. Google it. See if you can find an arch-rival series on planet earth closer than this one.
True, the two teams have won only six times between them this season, but both have had their moments.
Southeastern had defending champion and undefeated Henderson State on the ropes for the longest time before losing by 11. The same Henderson bunch creamed the Tigers, 63-31.
On the other hand, the Tigers belted Arkansas Monticello, 46-22. A week later the Savage Storm was outscored by Monticello, 42-34.
What does that mean going into Saturday's season finale?
Still, you have to consider that the Tigers have beaten Southeastern for three straight years now.
What does that mean, Saturday?
Records are supposed to be thrown out the window.
But don't do that. There are some good numbers left to ponder going into the Savage Storm arena for the 2 p.m. kickoff Saturday.
ECU wide receiver Caleb Holley needs just 94 yards in receptions to become the first Tiger to crack the 1,000-yard mark.
Even if he falls short of that mark, he's only 24 yards shy of the school's all-time single-season record for receiving yards.
Chris Barnes, back in 2001, set the record of the moment at 930 yards.
The stats, some of them dreary and other impressive, are about as close as the long, long series. The Savage Storm has worked up 4,504 total yards this season. They've also given up 4,687 yards.
ECU's Jo Jo Snell could have his Beep Beep moments all afternoon against this team. That would be worth the price of admission right there. As a team, the Tigers LOST 21 yards rushing in a 52-30 loss at Harding last week.
ECU fans will get a chance to look at senior Fred Gaines for the last time as a collegian. The pre-season All-American pick has been on a roll in recent games.
So has junior Qumain Black, an All-American honorable mention pick as a sophomore last season.
Don't let this get out, but he's probably got a step more speed than the Roadrunner, Beep Beep Snell.
Quarterback Spencer Bond has 166 completions in 324 attempts with 14 picks. Southeastern's Nick Sioson has completed 252 of 441 passing attempts with 16 picks.
The Tigers spotted the Savages a 17-point halftime lead last season before they put out the Storm with 31 unanswered points in the second half.
The Tiger defense limited Southeastern to just 14 yards on the ground in the final 30 minutes.
A happy ending is in store for one of these rivals Saturday afternoon. The story should be a good one, too.