The Statesmen, 7-2, led 56-0 at halftime as the second and third string players played in the second half for the Statesmen. Delta State finished with 387 yards of offense on 49 total plays, while Concordia, 1-8, was held to just 142 yards on 57 total plays. The win was big in the fact DSU finished the regular season a perfect 4-0 at home.
Statesmen head football coach Todd Cooley was pleased with his team’s focus.
“I was proud of them,” Cooley said. “I thought we came out and played to our standards. I was really excited in pre-game. I thought we were really ready to go. We talked about coming out trying to make a statement, because we want to get into those playoffs. I thought we did that today. Everybody that dressed out got in the game and they played to our standards.”
Freshman Tyler Sullivan completed 7-of-13 passes for 178 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions to lead the Statesmen’s passing attack. Quarterback Travis Champion saw some action as he completed 1-of-3 passes for 13 yards with an interception, and Mo Fennell took some snaps under center.
Casey Osborne had a terrific game catching the ball for the Statesmen as he caught five passes for 115 yards with a touchdown to lead the receivers, followed by Ricky Hunt with a 29-yard touchdown reception, Collin Floyd with a 37-yard catch and Jarvis York with a 10-yard touchdown catch.
In the running game for DSU, Justin McArthur rushed for 77 yards with a touchdown on 11 carries to lead the way, followed by D’Juan Bellaire with 60 yards and two touchdowns on six carries, Timothy Foy with 36 yards and a touchdown on five carries and Michael Davison and Richard Freelon with a rushing touchdown each.
In the kicking game, Vince Sciorrotta went 9-for-9 on PAT kicks, while Matthew Wylie went 2-for-2 on PAT kicks for the Statesmen.
Kenny Barnes led the Statesmen on defense with six tackles, followed by Dekovan Ware, Wilson Curtis and Jereco Beckwith with five tackles each, Dandrick Jackson with an 18-yard interception return for a touchdown and Marshall Burgin, Romelo Wilson and Fred Marshall with an interception each.
DSU will return to action on Thursday when the team travels to Carrollton, Ga. to play the West Georgia Wolves in a Gulf South Conference game at 6:30 p.m.