By: Coleman Swierc
For the second consecutive year, the SFA Lumberjacks have started 0-4. In their final game before the Southland Conference slate begins, the 'Jacks were pounded Saturday by South Dakota State 45-0.
The 'Jacks offense was all but non-existant as they could only manage 219, with only 80 of those yards coming in the first half. Louie Runnels led the 'Jacks running game with 37 yards, but it took 19 carries to do so. Former Alto star Johnny Thacker added 29 yards on only six carries.
SFA's passing game was just as ineffective, collecting only 110 yards and throwing five interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns. Former Lufkin quarterback Jeremy Claybon made his college debut going 4-8 for 16 yards and two picks.
Under pressure all day, the SFA defense yielded 364 total yards to the Jackrabbits, 225 through the air and 139 on the ground.
After starting last year at 0-5 the 'Jacks won their first Southland game, a road game, at Texas State. Next week, SFA will open conference play on the road, this time in Hammond, LA, to take on the Lions of Southeastern Louisiana.