Arkansas Tech will seek its fifth consecutive Homecoming victory when the Wonder Boys host the Southeastern Oklahoma State Savage Storm in Great American Conference football action on Saturday, Oct. 22. Kickoff at Thone Stadium at Buerkle Field in Russellville is set for 6 p.m.
Party at the Plaza will begin at 3 p.m. Game tickets will be available at the Thone Stadium at Buerkle Field ticket office. Those with a valid Tech identification card will be admitted free of charge. The Wonder Boys have won all four of their Homecoming football games since Thone Stadium at Buerkle Field was renovated as part of the Return to Glory capital campaign. Arkansas Tech will try to extend its Homecoming winning streak to five consecutive games, and at the same time stop a five-game slide in the opposite direction.
The Wonder Boys (1-6 overall, 0-2 GAC) have lost five straight games for the first time since 1993. Tech dropped a 49-17 decision at Southern Arkansas last Saturday as the Wonder Boys fell out of contention for the inaugural GAC football championship and lost the chance to finish the season with a .500 record. “We’re at the point where our team has started to expect bad things to happen,” said Arkansas Tech head coach Steve Mullins. “We’ve got to change that mindset as players and coaches so that when bad things do happen, we can make positive things happen to create a little momentum.” Southeastern Oklahoma State (2-4, 1-3) opened the season with back-to-back wins over Central Oklahoma and Southern Arkansas, but the Savage Storm has suffered four consecutive setbacks as it prepares to visit Russellville on Saturday. A former member of the Lone Star Conference, Southeastern Oklahoma State is the first of three consecutive GAC opponents from the Sooner State for Arkansas Tech.
The Wonder Boys will host East Central University (Okla.) at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29, and Tech will close out the 2011 football season with a 2 p.m. game at Southwestern Oklahoma State on Saturday, Nov. 5.
“All of our tangible goals are gone,” said Mullins. “We had a series of five or six goals we established last November, but with the loss last Saturday we can no longer reach those goals. Now it’s about personal pride and character. It’s about not giving in to a bad situation and doing the very best that you can. If we do that, we can win this Saturday. But we’ve got to do it for four quarters. It’s very frustrating as a coaching staff and as players because we’ve been in all seven of our games at halftime.”
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