Wonder Boys blast Tigers

Richard R. Barron/The Ada NewsEast Central junior Vernon Johnson (10) nabbed his first interception of the year during the Tigers’ 55-14 loss at Arkansas Tech Saturday in Russelville, Arkanas.

RUSSELVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas Tech piled up over 600 yards of total offense in a 55-14 rout of East Central in a Great American Conference football clash Saturday night at at Thone Stadium in Russelville, Arkansas.

Arkansa Tech improved to 4-3 on the year, while ECU — which has lost four straight games — staggered to 1-6.

The Wonder Boys finished with 613 yards of total offense, compared to 254 for the Tigers. ECU managed just 19 rushing yards.

Arkansas Tech rolled to a 21-0 lead and carried a 38-6 advantage into halftime.

Jabyes Cross passed for 243 yards and three touchdowns Bryan Allen rushed for 134 yards and a score, and Henry Wesley caught four passes for 111 yards to lead the potent ATU offense. Allen led a group of four ATU rushers with at least 60 yards.

The Tigers’ lone touchdowns came from senior receivers David Moore and Gerald Pickett. Moore finished the game with six receptions for 94 yards, while Pickett netted 24. Moore (who now has nine touchdowns this season) scored on a 59-yard reception from sophomore quarterback Jackson Lamb, while Pickett hauled in an 11-yard TD strike thrown by senior Brooks Holder.

Lamb started the game and went 12-of-20 for 135 yards and two interceptions, while Holder finished the game and went 11-of-24 for 100 yards and a pick.

Freshman tailback Je’Qualon Wright led the ECU ground game with 14 carries for 24 yards.

Senior Vernon Johnson had a strong night on defense for ECU, with an interception, a forced fumble and eight total tackles (5-3). redshirt freshman Jamil Young added a team-leading 10 (8-2) tackles.

D’Vonta Derricott racked up nine total tackles to lead the Wonder Boys, while Cua’ Rose added a pair of interceptions.

ECU will now return home for a Thursday night fall break contest against No. 8 and unbeaten Harding (7-0) in the annual Pink Out game, sponsored by Mercy Hospital in Ada. The Bison blitzed Southeastern 63-17 last weekend.

Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. inside Koi Ishto Stadium.

Jeff Cali has been covering sports in the Ada area since the mid-90s. He graduated from Byng High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from East Central University.