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November 19, 2013

Win over SEOSU looks like ‘better days’ ahead for Tigers

Durant — It took East Central University 9.75 games to understand what the coaching staff has been saying since the beginning of the season.

The Tigers finally stood up to adversity, looked defeat square in the jaws and manned up.

The result was an exciting 23-16 win over Southeastern Oklahoma State University at Paul Laird Field.

It wasn’t the victory that was impressive. In fact, at times, it was unimpressive. But when the going got tough, the Tigers got going.

In the end, in a battle of arch rivals, the Tigers wanted this GAC contest a little more than the Savages. 

The Tigers began offensively as if stuck in concrete, relying heavily on a defense that keeps getting better.

They hung on for victory over a very serious Savage-Storm comeback attempt.

How serious? How about four straight defensive stops at its own nine-yard line. But for a stupid motion penalty against Southeastern, the Savages would have had four shots at banging it in from the four-yard line.

Those odds were dismal for a goal line stand, considering Savage running back Devon Wortham had just single-handedly put the Savages at the four by carrying a good portion of the Tigers on his back for 22 yards after taking a short pass from quarterback Nick Sioson.

Why Wortham never saw the ball on those last four plays is a question for Savage coaches to ponder.

As it was, they didn’t gain an inch throwing the ball four straight times at the Tigers’ defensive secondary.

When the Savages closed the deficit to a touchdown and extra point earlier in the fourth period, they did so by handing the ball to Wortham who plowed into the end zone from 10 yards out.  

How about him doing that four different times at the end, or giving it to him on a short, swing pass in the backfield, or a draw play and giving him room to rumble?

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