The Govs had plenty of great activities for their homecoming, but winning a football game wasn’t one of them as they fell 48-27 to Southeastern Missouri State Redhawks on Saturday, Oct. 27.
SEMO’s freshman quarterback, Scott Lathrop, led the Redhawks to victory over APSU Saturday night. Lathrop only completed two of nine passes for 36 yards; however, he had 20 carries for 179 yards rushing, and two touchdowns with his longest run being 67 yards.
Lathrop shared carries with his runningback Levi Terrell, who had 26 carries for 137 yards and two touchdowns. The Redhawks split the rest of the carries between five other runningbacks for a total of 399 yards rushing against a worn-out Governors defense.
Govs quarterback, Jake Ryan, had his best game this season, completing 23 of his 38 passes for 304 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. Ryan connected with Jamaar Embry for a 39 yard pass for the Govs’ first touchdown of the game in the second quarter.
Ryan also connected with his most reliable receiver, Devin Stark, nine times for 145 yards and two touchdowns. The other touchdown the Govs scored came from a very capable replacement freshman running back, Reco Williams, who rushed for 133 yards on 22 carries. Williams is a bright spot for the future of the Govs running game in years to come.
As it stands, the Govs football program is 0-8 on the season with three games remaining.
The Govs have two more Ohio Valley Conference games left against Jacksonville State and Tennessee Tech, but next they will face Culver-Stockton, at home this Saturday, Nov. 3, which will be the Govs best attempt to get at least one mark in the win column before the season is over.