Northeastern has taken a whammy in each of the first two weeks of the football season.
First, starting quarterback Johnny Deaton was lost for the year after suffering a broken leg during the second quarter of a Sept. 7 loss against Pittsburg State (Kan.). Then Thursday, the Tahlequah Daily Press reported that starting running back Joel Rockmore suffered a slightly torn knee ligament during last Saturday's setback against Missouri Southern.
RiverHawks coach Kenny Evans told the newspaper that Rockmore might be out for the rest of the season, too.
Both players were on The Oklahoman's Preseason State College All-Star Team.
Deaton, a senior, has been replaced by sophomore Thor Long. Rockmore will be replaced by fellow junior Terrance Dixon.
While Deaton had just one completion for 24 yards before he was hurt, Rockmore was off to a strong start. He rushed for 99 yards against Pittsburg State and 145 against Missouri Southern.
BIG PLAYS, TURNOVER PLAGUE SOUTHEASTERN
Southeastern football coach Ray Richards blamed four turnovers and big plays as faults in last week's 42-34 loss at Arkansas-Monticello.
“We beat ourselves,” Richards said.
The Savage Storm (1-1) can't afford to do that anytime, but especially 6 p.m. Saturday when it hosts No. 9-ranked Henderson State (Ark.) in Durant. The Reddies' offense has been nothing short of awesome through two games. Behind junior quarterback Kevin Rodgers, Henderson State has averaged 78.5 points and 765 yards per game.
Rodgers has already passed for 848 yards and 11 TDs.
PFAFF RETURNS TO QUARTERBACK
L.T. Pfaff, who set the state high school passing record (11,357 yards) while at Atoka, was taking snaps by the end of the first quarter of Northwestern's game last week against Harding (Ark.). With starter Reid Miller and backup Jake Streck suffering injuries, Pfaff, a redshirt freshman, was inserted into the game. He finished 6 of 12 for 83 yards.
Consider it a decent game for a guy who has been working out at receiver.
PITT SURVIVED BIRMINGHAM
Pittsburg State cruised to a 41-point win over Central Oklahoma last Saturday, but coach Tim Beck admitted he was concerned how his team would handle Bronchos running back Joshua Birmingham. Despite the outcome, the UCO senior had another exceptional game, running for 152 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries.