BETHANY, Okla. — Southeastern Oklahoma State scored early and often on its way to a dominating 58-0 season-opening victory over Southern Nazarene on Thursday night.
Southeastern put points on the board through the air, on the ground and on special teams.
“We’ve got some procedural things to take care of,” Southeastern head coach Bo Atterberry said. “But we also got some game experience where we didn’t have any. You have to enjoy wins because they aren’t easy to come by. I like the effort but we have to lock in things a little tighter because each week in this conference is tough.”
A trio of runners racked up nearly all of Southeastern’s 262 rushing yards with Rashod Polk turning in 94 yards and a pair of touchdowns on just seven carries. Kieron Hardrick added 90 yards on 12 carries with a score while Kenneth Burks tacked on 77 yards and a TD on 12 carries.
CB Cantwell completed 72.7 percent of his passes, finishing 8-of-11 with 226 yards and three touchdowns, including an 80-yard bomb on the first offensive play of the season.
That throw went to Drake White, who finished with a pair of receptions for 84 yards and a touchdown, Terrance Taylor finished with 118 yards on four catches with two touchdowns. Jaylen Sims added 46 yards on three catches.
OJ Walker turned in the first special teams touchdown since the 2015 season when he matched Romar Crenshaw’s record 93-yard punt return with one of his own.
Defensively, Hunter Powell led with seven tackles and Jarrett Ingram and Desmond Luster added six each. Ingram also had a fumble recovery with a 33-yard return and a pass breakup and Seu Luafatasaga forced a fumble to go with a pair of tackles for loss.
Cantwell’s 80-yard pass to White on the game’s first play started the scoring.
The Storm closed out the first quarter with Hardrick scoring from a yard out at the 2:43 mark to take a 14-0 lead.
At the start of the second quarter the Storm drove 80 yards on 13 plays with Burks scoring from a yard out to open up a 21-0 advantage.
After SNU missed a 52-yard field goal, the Storm took over on its own 36 and Cantwell struck quickly, finding Taylor for a 64-yard touchdown and a 28-0 lead with 5:36 to play in the half.
After forcing a three and out, Southeastern covered 67 yards in three plays with a Cantwell-to-Taylor pass for 23 yards to cap the drive and push the lead to 35-0 with 2:46 to go until halftime.
With just under a minute to go in the half the Storm forced the punt Walker returned 93 yards for the score and a 42-0 lead at the break.
A Joel Carlos field goal from 35 yards was the only points in the third quarter.
Polk scored from a yard out with 10:22 to play and later tacking on a 51-yard run with 7:25 to go for the final touchdown.
Southeastern will be back in action on Sept. 9 when it opens the home portion of its schedule at 6 p.m. against Oklahoma Baptist at Paul Laird Field.