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UT Martin prepares to tangle with SEMO in battle of ‘Hawks

UT Martin prepares to tangle with SEMO in battle of ‘Hawks
UT Martin prepares to tangle with SEMO in battle of 'Hawks | UT Martin Skyhawks, Jason Simpson, Southeast Missouri State Redhawks football, Tony Samuel, Adam Casper, Dexter Anoka, Ohio Valley Conference, OVC

Jason Simpson
In a match-up of two teams struggling to earn wins, the Skyhawks from UT Martin will host the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks Saturday afternoon in Hardy M. Graham Stadium. Kickoff is set for noon.
The Skyhawks are coming off another loss that was very close to being a tally in the win column, falling just short of upsetting Eastern Illinois, 29-23, last weekend. The Redhawks (2-5, 0-4) remained winless in the Ohio Valley Conference with a 31-17 loss to Murray State.
“It always comes down to a few plays in a game, and when you make them, you give yourself a chance to win,” UT Martin head coach Jason Simpson said. “And if you don’t, you’re gonna lose, and that’s what has happened to us this year.”
SEMO will come to Martin allowing 34.1 points per game and is ranked last in the conference in total defense. The Redhawks may be without their leading tackler, Adam Casper, who leads the OVC in total tackles, when they face UT Martin. Due to an injury suffered in the loss to Murray State, the senior linebacker is considered a game-time decision by Redhawk head coach Tony Samuel.
While UT Martin quarterback Dexter Anoka didn’t finish the EIU game due to a knee injury, Simpson expects him to see action against the Redhawks with Cade Thompson also getting time under center as has been the case all season.
Defensively, the Skyhawks must stop the SEMO running attack which now features freshman Mike Jones. Jones scored his first and second career touchdowns last week after replacing Timmy Holloman. When Holloman was declared ineligible by the NCAA on Oct. 9 he was averaging 131 rushing yards per game.
“I really admire what they do offensively, from the standpoint that they’re gonna run the football no matter what front you line up in,” Simpson said.

Weakley County Press Oct. 25, 2007

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