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TroyGriffinOBUSenior Troy Griffin led the Lions in rushing against the Bison. Waxahachie, Texas- October 4, 2014- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) football team kicked off Central States Football League play with their first win.  SAGU beat Oklahoma Baptist University (4-2) 30-20.  

“They are a good football team and we were fortunate to play well enough to win the ballgame,” says Head Coach Jesse Godding, “Our ability to control the clock through our running game was a big difference in the game.” 

OBU was quick to put points on the board, 1:30 into the game junior Dawson Myers had a 60-yard run to put the Bison up 7-0. 

Immediately after the first touchdown the Lions took their time marching down the field with a 14 play series.  In the end senior Troy Griffin scored a 1-yard touchdown with 6:49 left in the first quarter. 

SAGU freshman Carl Morgan intercepted a pass from OBU’s quarterback Blake Woodard.    Morgan returned the ball to mid-field before being brought down.  The Lions were unable to convert on a 4th and 5 from the Bison 32. 

The turning point in the game came when OBU had the ball on 1st and goal from the 6 yard line.  On 3rd and goal from the 1, freshman defensive linemen PJ Helu and Matt Lighter were able to come up with a huge stop in the backfield.  On 4th and goal from the 1 yard line Senior Jeff Howeth bust through stopping OBU tailback Dawson Meyers in his tracks. 

After SAGU’s big stop, the offense responded with a 90 yard drive but stalled out on the five yard line.  Sophomore kicker Chadd Dearen put the Lions up 10-7.  The Lions never trailed in the game again.

JeffHowethOBUSenior Jeff Howeth tackeling an OBU player. Howeth had 7 tackles in the game. Before the half Senior Troy Griffin was able to find the end zone again thanks to another 1-yard carry.  SAGU was up 17-10 at half.

In the 3rd SAGU senior Jeremy McDonald returned a kick-off 65 yards to set-up another short field for SAGU.   Hopkins was able to score off a 1-yard run.

In the 4th quarter, kicker Chadd Dearen connected twice on field goals.  One of which was a season-best, 48-yard field goal, putting the Lions up 30-13.   With 1:30 left in the game, OBU’s Woodard completed a 39-yard touchdown pass to junior Nyko Symonds.  The final score was 30-20. 

Senior Troy Griffin led rushing with 20 carries for 129 yards.  Senior James Hopkins had 17 carries for 75 yards.  Senior Dylan Moore had 6 catches for 73 yards.  Freshman quarterback CJ Collins was 12 of 21 for 105 yards passing.  Sophomore Ethan Eastwood led the defense with 10 tackles.  Senior Jeff Howeth had 7 tackles and freshman Matt Lighter and junior Trevor VanKempen had 6 tackles each.  Interceptions: Freshman Carl Morgan, junior’s Mohammed Mansaray and Shakeem Taylor. 

The Lions will continue league play when they host Wayland Baptist University on October 11, 2014 at 2:00pm.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 214 232 7187
 

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