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#19 Southeastern takes on in-state rival NSU Saturday

#19 Southeastern takes on in-state rival NSU Saturday

Author: Action News 17/Friday, September 27, 2019/Categories: Front Page, Lion UP

 


No. 19/22 Southeastern Opens Southland Road Slate at In-State Rival NSU

HAMMOND, La. – The No. 19/22 Southeastern Louisiana football team will open up the road portion of its Southland Conference schedule with a 6 p.m. contest at Northwestern State on Saturday in Turpin Stadium.

The game between the Lions (2-1, 1-0 Southland) and the host Demons (0-4, 0-1 Southland) will air on Cox Sports Television and ESPN+ (outside of the CST viewing area). It also can be heard on the Southeastern Sports Radio Network (KSLU-FM (90.9), Kajun 107.1 FM, The Highway 104.7 FM and The Boss 103.7 FM/1400 AM WFPR), online at  www.LionSports.net/listenlive  and via the Radio FX and TuneIn Radio apps.

The Lions opened Southland Conference play with a victory for the first time since 2016 on Saturday, besting 2018 FCS playoff participant Lamar, 45-34. SLU trailed by three at the half, but outscored the Cardinals, 21-3, in the third quarter to take command for good.

In the win over the Cardinals, Chason Virgil (26-for-34, 307 yards, 4 TD) engineered a Lion offense that amassed 502 total yards. Austin Mitchell and Javon Conner each caught two touchdown passes, while CJ Turner also snagged a scoring grab of his own.

The SLU defense sacked Lamar quarterback Jordan Hoy five times in Saturday’s victory. Josh Carr Jr. led Southeastern with 4.0 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks, while Isaac Adeyemi-Berglund added 1.5 sacks of his own. Mike Mason led SLU with 10 tackles, while Xavier Lewis was credited with an interception and a forced fumble.

Virgil (780 yards, 7 TD, 3 INT) is the leader of a Southeastern offense that is averaging 36.3 points and 420.3 yards per game. Virgil and Cole Kelley have found 11 different receivers on the year with Mitchell (15 catches, 289 yards, 3 TD) and Devonte Williams (15-155-1 TD) serving as the top targets. Williams also leads the team with 150 rushing yards and three ground scores.

The Southeastern defense is allowing 29.3 points and 458.7 yards per game. Mason leads the team with 30 tackles and is joined in the top five by Donniel Ward-Magee (20), Alexis Ramos (20), Carr Jr. (20) and Tre’ Spann (18).

The Lions are currently leading FCS with 35 tackles for loss and are second nationally with 14 sacks. Carr Jr. (8.5 TFL, 3.5 sacks) and Adeyemi-Berglund (6.0 TFL, 3.5 sacks) fuel the SLU pass rush.

Dejion Lynch and Carr Jr. lead SLU with three pass breakups each, while Lewis, Ferlando Jordan and Shawntrez Spates have one interception apiece.

The host Demons will be looking for their first win of the season when Southeastern comes to town on Saturday. NSU dropped its league opener at Houston Baptist, 48-21.

Northwestern State is averaging 15.5 points and 362.8 yards per game heading into Saturday’s contest. Shelton Eppler (118-for-184, 1,076 yards, 7 TD, 5 INT) has handled the majority of the work under center for NSU.

Quan Shorts (35 catches, 284 yards, 3 TD) is Eppler’s favorite target, while Jared West (42 carries, 142 yards, 2 TD) leads the Demon ground game.

Opponents are averaging 47.0 points and 469.0 yards per game versus Northwestern State. Ja’Quay Pough leads the team with 27 tackles, followed by Adrian Robertson, who has 26 tackles, including a team-high five stops for loss. Kyle Moore, Jomard Valsin and Dylan Wilson each have interceptions for the Demons with Wilson pacing the squad with five pass breakups.

Southeastern is 33-29 all-time versus the Demons, who is SLU’s most frequent opponent in program history by a wide margin. The series has turned towards the Lions’ favor in recent years, as SLU has won the last seven meetings between the in-state rivals, though the majority of those wins have gone down to the final quarter. Last season in Hammond, Southeastern held off a late NSU rally for a 24-17 victory.

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Southeastern will play its second straight in-state Southland foe on the road next Saturday, facing McNeese at 4 p.m. in Lake Charles. The game will air on Cox Sports Television and ESPN+ (outside of the CST viewing area). It also can be heard on the Southeastern Sports Radio Network (KSLU-FM (90.9), Kajun 107.1 FM, The Highway 104.7 FM and The Boss 103.7 FM/1400 AM WFPR), online at t www.LionSports.net/listenlive and via the Radio FX and TuneIn Radio apps.

 

 
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