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Peveto, Harris, Demons beaming after SLC road win

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Northwestern State University running back Rumeall Morris ran for 122 yards on 15 carries and had a touchdown in the third quarter in the Demons’ 24-19 win over Central Arkansas on Saturday. (NSU photo lab)

By Doug Ireland •

CONWAY, Ark. — Coming from behind twice on the road to beat a nationally-ranked opponent was the perfect script for a young Northwestern State football team extremely hungry for the sweet taste of victory in a Southland Conference contest.

The Demons rallied from deficits of 10-0 in the second quarter and 13-10 in the third quarter to post a 24-19 upset of 22nd-ranked Central Arkansas (3-2 overall, 0-1 in the SLC) Saturday night at Estes Stadium, where the Bears had lost only six previous games in 28 outings over the last five seasons.

Northwestern (2-4 overall, 1-1 in the SLC) followed the lead of quarterback Paul Harris, relied upon dominating play on both sides up front, got a huge spark from true freshman running back Rumeall Morris and made a defensive stand at the end of the game in the red zone to win.

“All year long, our goal has been to play together for 60 minutes. We finally did that,” said Demons second-year coach Bradley Dale Peveto following the game.

“It gives us a lot of confidence and momentum going into the rest of the conference season. We’ve been in this situation dating back to last year, where in four of our last five games we were right there in the fourth quarter and didn’t get it done. Now we’ve won two games in the fourth quarter this season. I’m really proud of our effort from our players, coaches and staff,” he said. “It’s great to be able to reward all our loyal supporters with a win and a big step forward for our program.”

“It’s a turnaround,” said Harris. “It’s no doubt a confidence builder. Coming out, winning the way we did, it wasn’t offense, it wasn’t defense, it wasn’t special teams, it was all of us playing as one, and it shows if we play like that, we’ll be somebody to watch out for in this conference.”

After missing two weeks of practice, not playing last week or starting at UCA due to an ankle injury, Harris entered the game after UCA went up 10-0. He immediately led a 13-play, 59-yard drive to a field goal, then ran for a 34-yard touchdown on the next series after Kevin Perry recovered a fumble on the kickoff as NSU tied the game.

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Written by demon53

October 11, 2010 at 12:21 pm

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