SFA leaves Natchitoches with Chief Caddo after 32-20 victory over NSU

SFA leaves Natchitoches with Chief Caddo after 32-20 victory over NSU

From SFA Athletics

The SFA football team ran for a season-high 232 yards to end the 2019 season with a win in the Battle for Chief Caddo over NSU Thursday night.

Inside the box-

Josh McGowen accounted for 158 rushing yards on 22 carries with a touchdown. - Thom Hutchings followed with 89 yards on 27 carries with touchdown. - Freshman phenom WR,

Xavier Gipson hauled in seven receptions for 98 yards and a TD. His lone touchdown came on a 55 yard pass from Trae Self.

Trenton Gordon led SFA with 8 total tackles.

The 'Jack special teams unit was special. SFA recovered an onside kick, fake a field goal for a first down and blocked a punt in the game.

Webxtra: SFA Head Coach Colby Carthel talks about beating NSU 32-20 Thursday night

Game Summary

In the first half, SFA cashed in momentum-changing special teams and defensive plays to build a 27-7 halftime lead. All three of the Lumberjacks touchdown drives were aided either by an NSU turnover or an SFA special teams highlight. SFA turned a NSU fumble into a 7-yard Thomas Hutchings touchdown run to stretch its lead to 10-0 midway in the first quarter.

Kicker Storm Ruiz made field goal attempts of 54 and 43 yards, but the Lumberjacks successfully faked a field goal on a drive that ended in a Josh McGowen 20-yard touchdown run. The Jacks led 20-0 early in the second quarter after the 46-yard drive, which was set up by a deflected punt. SFA recovered an onside kick on the ensuing possession, and SFA quarterback chunked a 55-yard touchdown pass to Xavier Gipson on the next play to surge to a 27-0 edge.

NSU took advantage of a SFA turnover and sliced the lead to 27-7 with a touchdown pass. SFA’

JaTerious Evans intercepted a pass at the goal line. The 'Jacks extend the lead out to 32-7 late in the third after forcing a safety and a Ruiz 44 yard field goal. NSU attempted a comeback but the SFA defense held strong fighting off four straight plays from the 6 yard line to secure the win.