Southeastern downs Panthers, 42-21

Samir Usman (photo by Cari Dean)
Samir Usman (photo by Cari Dean)

LAKELAND, Fla.—After going up 28-0 after the first half, Southeastern University defeated Birmingham-Southern, 42-21, Saturday afternoon on Victory Field.

The Panthers fall to 1-5, while the Fire move to 4-1 with their fourth-straight win.

Southeastern shut out BSC in the first half while scoring four touchdowns to pull ahead 21-0. The Panthers got on the board at the 9:18 mark of the third quarter on a three-yard run by sophomore tailback Samir Usman. BSC cut it to 21-14 less than three minutes later when freshman Mickey Courtney hit sophomore halfback Jesse Handlon with a 30-yard touchdown pass. Junior Hagen Mancuso was on the mark for both extra points.

The Fire found the BSC end zone twice more after that to expand the lead to 35-14 by the 14:19 mark of the fourth quarter. The Panthers would score once more with 13:02 left in the game on a 17-yard run by Usman, cutting it to 42-21 to wrap up the game's scoring.

Courtney was 19-25 for 230 yards, while Usman recorded 108 yards on 22 carries. Senior wide receiver Sam Vermilyea led with 117 yards on six catches.

Seniors Devante Smith, Zac Phillips, and Ty Keenum led the defense with five tackles apiece. Senior Wesley Hansard posted 2.5 tackles-for-loss, including one sack for a loss of six yards.

The Panthers resume Southern Athletic Association play next Saturday, Oct. 18, traveling to Jackson, Miss., to face Millsaps at 1 p.m.