JONESBORO, Ark. – Arkansas State found themselves in a place they aren’t used to being on Saturday: behind. The Davenport Panthers evidently had a very productive few weeks after their D1A debut was spoiled by Life as they jumped all over the Red Wolves in the first half and had a sizable halftime lead. But the home team clawed back and won 31-25 thanks to late game heroics by prolific ASU winger Dale Bates.
Davenport lost, but sent a clear message: they came to play. After Life blanked the Panthers 53-0 on their debut, they came out swinging against ASU.
The Red Wolves remain unbeaten, but now may appear more beatable than they have all year. The Panthers get another shot at ASU in the next Mid-South game on March 30 when Davenport hosts Arkansas State in Grand Rapids, Mich.