NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Southeastern Louisiana scored on the game's opening drive, but the Lumberjacks retaliated with 51 unanswered to knock off the Lions, 51-14, Saturday afternoon at Homer Bryce Stadium. The victory moves Stephen F. Austin to 8-2 (.800) on the season, and 5-1 (.833) in conference play. SFA will be playing for at least a share of its second-straight conference title Saturday when it hosts Northwestern State. Depending on the outcome of the McNeese State's game against Texas State, the Lumberjacks could be playing for the outright title Saturday.
The opening drive of the afternoon gave the impression that it was going to be a high-scoring affair, after watching Tyler Beatty lead the Lions on a 10-play, 60-yard drive for a touchdown. SFA responded when senior Jeremy Moses found sophomore Cordell Roberson from 27 yards for the score only three minutes later. The Lions still maintained a one-point lead following a missed extra point attempt.
But that would be as close as the Lions would come to victory as Beatty threw interceptions on consecutive passes, and on three of SLU's next four offensive possessions. SFA took the miscues and turned them into points racking up 438 yards of total offense. The Lumberjacks took a 42-7 lead into the locker room. SFA's defense didn't allow another score until the 2:24 mark of the third quarter.
SFA was dominant in every phase of the game. SFA surrendered 280 yards of total offense, allowing only 89 on the ground. The Lumberjacks also racked up 126 yards rushing against SLU, led by freshman Keith Lawson who has recorded back-to-back career highs. Lawson just missed the century mark carrying the ball 12 times for 97 yards (8.1 ypc).
Moses completed 17-of-29 passes for 271 yards and five touchdowns, and was utilized for only a couple series in the second half. Roberson finished the day with six catches for 115 yards and three touchdown grabs. It is the second time this season Roberson has breached the century mark.
The Lumberjack defense was led by junior Devin Ducote. The Baton Rouge, La., native recorded 15 tackles, including one for a loss. Senior Jabara Williams added 12 tackles, and picked off a pass.
The 'Jacks return to action Saturday, Nov. 20th, when they host Northwestern State for the annual ‘Battle for Chief Caddo.' The game against the Demons is slated to begin at 2 p.m. from Homer Bryce Stadium, and will be televised on the Southland Television Network.