Football Lions to host Bacone
SAGU hopes to bounce back vs Warriors
Gridders drop from the NAIA's Coaches Poll
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- On the heels of a tough setback, the Lions of Southwestern Assemblies of God University will entertain a second straight college football team from Oklahoma on Saturday, October 8.
Bacone College (1-5) will come to Lumpkins Stadium for a 6:00pm kickoff. The game, which will be broadcast in HD by SAGU Sports Live, is a match-up between teams who have enjoyed a spirited past.
The Warriors administered a surprising 66-17 rout last fall. BC entered that game, which was their homecoming, with a 1-4 mark. They vaulted to a 28-0 first quarter lead and never let up.
In 2009, also played in Muskogee, Ok., it was the Lions who rolled to a big 33-21 triumph in the season finale for both schools.
The teams last played at Lumpkins in 2008. SAGU won that game, 28-27, staving off a Warriors comeback. Jason Rice rushed for 123 yards and a pair of touchdowns and passed for 153 and another score to lead the Purple Pride.
A week ago Southwestern was among the teams who received votes in the NAIA Coaches Poll. Rated #33 in the country, they dropped a home game to then 11th-ranked Southern Nazarene University (Ok). SAGU had a 14-point lead in that game in which they squandered several opportunities to put the Crimson Storm in a deeper hole.
Turnovers have short-circuited an offense capable of producing much more. A bevy of fleet-footed receivers and running backs have been held in check by 20 miscues in five games. Fortunately for SAGU, the defense and special teams have been more than up to the task.
SNU (5-0) moved up to #10 this week. Of the Top 25 teams in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, only ten are unbeaten.
The Lions were replaced in the group of teams who garnered votes by fellow Central States Football League members Langston University (3-2) and Northwest Oklahoma State University (2-3). All three CSFL teams have a 1-0 mark in conference action.
Bacone (pronounced BAY-kone) lost on Saturday to Langston, 26-15. Three weeks ago they thumped Haskell University by a 65-7 count. The Tribe lost a heartbreaker the week before, 13-12, at Sul Ross State (Tx) in which they led in the fourth quarter, 12-6.
SAGU's other defeat came on the road in Kansas, 29-21, to 14th ranked Bethany College (5-0).
Current NAIA Top 25 Coaches Poll
1 Saint Xavier (Ill) 5-0
2 Marian (Ind) 6-0
3 Carroll (Mont) 4-1
4 William Penn (Iowa) 6-0
5 Missouri Valley 5-0
6 Georgetown (Ky) 4-0
7 Saint Francis (Ind) 3-1
8 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan) 3-1
9 Morningside (Iowa) 3-1
10 Southern Nazarene (Okla) 5-0
11 Benedictine (Kan) 5-0
12 Azusa Pacific (Calif) 4-1
13 Doane (Neb) 5-0
14 Bethany College (Kan) 5-0
15 St. Francis (Ill) 4-1
16 Dakota Wesleyan (SD) 4-0
17 Eastern Oregon 4-1
18 St. Ambrose (Iowa) 3-1
19 Ottawa (Kan) 3-2
20 Valley City State (ND) 3-1
21 Bethel College(Tenn) 4-1
22 Shorter College (Ga) 4-1
23 Rocky Mountain (Mont) 4-2
24 Midland (Neb) 3-2
25 Cumberland (Tenn) 3-1
Others receiving votes: UVa-Wise (Va) 25 votes; Pikeville (Ky) 17; Menlo (Cal) 6; Campbellsville (Ky) 3; Langston (Okla) 1; Northwestern Oklahoma State 1; Northwestern (Iowa) 1; Taylor (Ind) 1.