Story Submitted by Austin Peay Sports Information Department
Clarksville, Tenn. - Austin Peay's football team hopes homecoming can help turn around its fortunes.
After a bye week, the Governors return to Clarksville for the next two weeks, facing Southeast Missouri for homecoming, 4 p.m., Saturday, before Culver-Stockton comes to town next week.
APSU hopes playing at home will allow it to finally gain its footing. A brutal early season schedule and discriminatory injuries have left the Govs still seeking their first victory.
This is Austin Peay's 68th homecoming, with this year's theme "True Colors." The Govs hopes to break a three-game homecoming losing streak as well as a 10-game OVC losing skein.
To do that they will have to do it against a Southeast Missouri team that also has struggled of late. The Redhawks come in at 2-5 overall and 1-3 in the OVC. However, they have lost three straight, all OVC games, including a 27-17 homecoming loss to UT Martin last weekend.
The Redhawks' offense centers around running back Levi Terrell, who has rushed for more than 100 yards in each OVC contest. Redshirt freshman quarterback Scott Lathrop moved into the starting lineup in preseason when transfer quarterback Kyle Snyder suffered a knee injury. He has passed for 816 yards, completing 61.5 percent, but also has rushed for 394 yards, the second most rushing yards for the Redhawks.
D.J. Foster (28 catches, 404 yards, 4 TDs) is Lathrops favorite receiver. He and Spencer Davis (17 catches) are the only two Redhawks with double-figure receptions.
Defensively, linebacker Blake Peiffer was preseason All-America and OVC Defensive Player of the Year. He owns a team-leading 82 tackles, including 7.5 for loss. Safety Tylor Brock has four interceptions along with 58 stops.
The Govs, meanwhile, are led offensively by quarterback Jake Ryan, who has been playing his best football of late. He has completed 67 passes in his last three starts.
Wide receiver Devin Stark continues to be his go-to guy with 39 receptions for 449 yards while running back Terrence Oliver has 20.
Defensively, linebackers Craig Salley (51 tackles) and Josh Carroll (46 tackles) lead the way.
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