QB-WR combination thrilled fans

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Reid Golson - Nic Morphew

WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  When it comes to friends, these guys have taken their alliance to the gridiron from junior high all the way through college.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University football players Reid Golson and Nic Morphew have shared athletic successes over the years, much of it on the football field.

One is as elusive as quicksilver, the latter makes catches like a bear does rainbow trout. 

They both call Grandview, Texas their home. It is a town of 1,561 about the same distance south of Ft. Worth along I-35 West as Waxahachie is below Dallas on I-35 East.

Golson, 5’11, 180-pound junior, has played quarterback for three seasons in college, the past two for the Lions. One of his favorite targets was Morphew, a 5’10, 180-lb senior wide receiver.

The duo played a season together at Howard Payne University (Brownwood, Tx) before transferring to SAGU for the past two years.

Golson has one campaign remaining, but he will not have his reliable buddy to look for on designed or broken plays.

The twosome hooked up for three touchdowns over their two autumns in purple. They also made a number of connections in the clutch against their former team.

Trailing after the Yellow Jackets scored on a Lions turnover with just over a minute to play in a 2011 game played at Midlothian Stadium, Golson came off the bench to rally the team.

He engineered a seven play, 63-yard drive that included 17 and 16-yard passes to Morphew and a 20-yarder to Sean Haynes (Katy, Tx / Univ. of Houston, Taylor HS).

Golson finished the drive with a three-yard, misdirection run around right end for a 21-15 victory.

Then, this season, SAGU overcame a 17-10 halftime deficit with another comeback over Howard Payne.

Golson went to his safety valve, the dependable Morphew again. In a huge moment the coagulants came together on a busted play for a 38-yard gain during a fourth quarter scoring drive resulting in a 27-17 triumph.

Beating their previous team meant much more to them than their Lions teammates.

Of their three touchdown hook-ups, fans will recall two from this season.

Golson hit Morphew with a looping laser from 23-yards out on a post-pattern (above right) that gave the Lions a 17-16 third quarter lead over Austin College (Tx).

The other was a 34-yard strike during a 41-0 homecoming win over Haskell University (Ks). It provided the Jungle Kings with a 28-0 advantage to begin the third quarter.

The dyad, which was featured during halftime by SAGU Sports Live late this season, has also enjoyed playing basketball in junior high school as well as many outdoor activities including hunting.

During the season their hunting was generally limited to joining teammates at Buffalo Wild Wings. There they would hunt for good games on the tube.

While they are great friends, they do not complete each other’s sentences. Morphew, though, has an uncanny ability to complete Golson’s passes.

During their senior year for the Grandview Zebras, they celebrated an unbeaten season. They took a 13-0 record into the fourth round of the state playoffs before losing.

“The whole experience was awesome,” Reid recalled. “I suffered a torn ACL injury during the playoffs, but nothing could take away from that year.”

“Nic and I had a chemistry that many never share,” he continued. “We have hooked up on numerous broken plays, like when the pocket breaks down or am I forced to scramble. We make big plays when that happens!”

Like a fourth-and-one during their high school homecoming game.

“We went with a hard count to draw the defense offside,” he recalled. “But they didn’t jump (offsides), so we went deep!”

“Nic got past the coverage and we connected on an 80-yard touchdown. It was a huge turning point in the game.”

Morphew, whom he describes as a ‘go-to receiver,’ “knows how I play and he knows where to go (on the field to get open),”

Golson explained. “I feel comfortable giving him a chance to catch the ball in any given situation.”

Lions have won 4 in three of past 5 years

Transferring to SAGU was a perfect fit for him. “Honestly, it’s a great place to play and I love the school,” he says.

While some athletes go to larger schools only to watch their playing careers and their dreams die while riding the bench, “I have the opportunity to go out every day and play football on the college level.”

“It sounds cliché but there are a lot of people out there that don't have the chance to do it. I just want to make the most out of my college career and win every day that's given to me.”

For the second season in a row, SAGU posted a 4-6 record this season. Three were narrow setbacks in which they had the ball in the red zone with a chance to tie or win in the final minute. 

In fact, the Lions have racked up four wins in three of the past five years and are on the verge of taking the next step.

SAGU expects to bring back an outstanding cast of linebackers and a talented secondary as well as a line anchored by D.J. Johnson (Springfield, Mo / Parkview HS). The kicking game will feature James Gish (Waxahachie, Tx / Waxahachie HS), who led the NAIA in field goals per game.

The offense will also return largely intact. Golson knows that Head Coach Jesse Godding is building something potentially very good.

"We are three or four games away from being a great team," the QB said. “And we came within a handful of plays this season from at least three more wins.”

“It gives me more motivation to win and to finish strong.”

Senior Swan Song in 2013

His senior season awaits.

Golson, who could stand to benefit from a stronger offensive line, rushed for 705 yards and passed for 1,867 yards and 12 TD’s.

His 257.2 yards per game ranked the bearded wonder at no. 18 in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). But what will he do without his sidekick, Morphew, who caught 11 passes this season for an average gain of 21 yards.

For starters, the Lions will return several standout performers at the skill positions, including their three leading receivers.

Wideout Jeremy McDonald (San Antonio, Tx / Cornerstone Christian) led the team with 40 catches and picked up 18.6 yards per reception. Coincidentally, the Lions top five receivers all had last names that began with the letter ‘M.’

As for the Grandview connection, it doesn’t disappear entirely!

Also returning will be sophomore WR Austin Martinez (Grandview, Tx / Grandview HS) and his brother, runningback Landry Martinez (Godley, Tx / Godley HS). Austin snared 18 passes for almost 15 yards per.

“They are two of the most competitive players I know,” quipped Golson.

Landry rushed for 217 yards in four games after missing most of the season with an injury. Plus, Cade Leuschner (Waco, Tx / Robinson HS) will be back as well. He had 274 yards on the ground.

WR’s Trevor McKinley (Arlington, Tx / Seguin HS) and Dylan Moore (Denton, Tx / Guyer HS) along with TE Caleb Shelly (Cold Spring, Tx / Lamar Univ., Cold Spring HS) return, meaning the offense could make plenty of noise in 2013. 

McKinley caught 29 balls in 2012 and teamed with McDonald as dangerous kick return men.

Sounds like Golson’s quiver will be full and the Lions could be in for more big plays and a season on the positive side of .500.
Whatever happens this fall, it won’t be an accident.

“My QB coach in high school, Casey Walraven, instilled a hard work ethic in me,” Golson added. “I’ve carried it ever since.”

“He said that ‘with great sacrifice comes great reward.’  It taught me to give 100% all the time. I know whatever I do will pay off in the long run.”

Anyone who has seen Golson play ball knows he is quite capable of doing just that. Making long runs.”

Contact: Mark “Link” Warde, SAGU Sports Information Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 469-658-2847.

Reid Golson Bio

Birthdate: September 28, 1990 (22)
Family: Parents – Neil, Susan Trichell. Brother – Justin Golson (25).
Major: Criminal Justice.
Minor: Psychology.
Future: After maximizing in football in the USA, Canada or oversees, a career in law enforcement and coaching.
 

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Big plays ignite Lions in 43-38 setback

Big plays ignite Lions in 43-38 setback

Sep 24, 2012 - Football News

"Oh McDonald" sets receiving yardage record Ekanem breaks career mark for interceptions WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Jeremy McDonald (San Antonio, Tx / Cornerstone Christian) and Nic...

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Preview of Today's Games

Preview of Today's Games

Sep 22, 2012 - Football News

Soccer doubleheader, football on tap Lions-Bulldogs game on SAGU TV in HD WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Three of the four teams from Southwestern Assemblies of God Universit...

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Coach Godding's post-game Q & A

Coach Godding's post-game Q & A

Sep 17, 2012 - Football News

Quick 10-0 deficit, turnovers prove costly Lions defense and special teams praised WAXAHACHIE, Texas  -- In the aftermath of a heartbreaking 25-17 defeat at the hands of Austin Coll...

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Lions lose ball, late lead, in 25-17 setback

Lions lose ball, late lead, in 25-17 setback

Sep 17, 2012 - Football News

Costly turnovers thwart would-be win SAGU to host Texas Lutheran on Saturday WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The one that got away. It was like an angler with a 'prize catch' hooked, th...

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FB Lions host 'Roos at 7:00pm

FB Lions host 'Roos at 7:00pm

Sep 15, 2012 - Football News

Preview of Saturday's Game Golden domers clash; SAGU, Austin College WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Saturday’s seventh meeting between friendly football rivals Southwestern Assemblies ...

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Coach Godding Talks Howard Payne

Coach Godding Talks Howard Payne

Sep 12, 2012 - Football News

Lions' 27-17 victory reveals much about team Turnovers, NAIA-leading players, offense growing pains WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  In the aftermath of a thrilling road victory, So...

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Shakeem Taylor, Nat'l Player of the Week

Shakeem Taylor, Nat'l Player of the Week

Sep 11, 2012 - Football News

  Lions cornerback has four picks and a TD SAGU defense ranked #8, yielding 13.5 ppg WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- The National Christian College Athletic Association selected Shakeem Ta...

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Ekanem chosen for Holiday Bowl

Ekanem chosen for Holiday Bowl

Sep 11, 2012 - Football News

Cornerback to play in nationally televised game Pre-Season All-American in Dec. 17 All-Star game WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Southwestern Assemblies of God University’s Nick Ekanem ...

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Lions win, 27-17; score 24 unanswered points

Lions win, 27-17; score 24 unanswered points

Sep 09, 2012 - Football News

Leuschner bounces back with winning TD Taylor returns INT 100-yds for touchdown BROWNWOOD, Texas  --  Saturday night’s college football game between Southwestern Assemblies...

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Lions travel to play Howard Payne

Lions travel to play Howard Payne

Sep 07, 2012 - Football News

Game kicks off at 6pm in Brownwood Follow the play-by-play, audio (links posted here) WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The last time the Southwestern Assemblies of God University footbal...

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New Offensive Coordinator Introduced

New Offensive Coordinator Introduced

Sep 05, 2012 - Football News

Football Lions welcome Frank Tristan Target is utilizing playmakers WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  When it comes to great ideas, the excitement they cause in people is often a tru...

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Coach Godding talks Bethany game

Coach Godding talks Bethany game

Sep 03, 2012 - Football News

Quotes after 13-12 season-opening setback Positives, surprises, working areas targeted WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  After taking the nation’s #24 ranked team, Bethany College (Ks), t...

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#24 Bethany rallies past Lions, 13-12

#24 Bethany rallies past Lions, 13-12

Sep 03, 2012 - Football News

Late TD overcomes solid SAGU effort Lions yield 238 yds, force four turnovers WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The hunger games of college football go beyond who is most hungry. Oft...

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Hungry Lions begin new season today

Hungry Lions begin new season today

Sep 01, 2012 - Football News

2012 Team and Season Preview SAGU welcomes #24 ranked Bethany College WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  With the appetite of a farmhand at haytime, the football team at Southwestern Assem...

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Lions take to the gridiron today

Lions take to the gridiron today

Aug 13, 2012 - Football News

SAGU eyes winning football season 13 starters return to power Team Purple WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The sounds are unmistakable. The shrill of constant whistles may give it away, ...

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Football Lions to face 2 ranked teams

Football Lions to face 2 ranked teams

Aug 07, 2012 - Football News

SAGU meets #24 Bethany in opener NAIA announces Pre-Season Top 25 Poll WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The 2012 college football season kicks off for Southwestern Assemblies of God Univ...

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Pre-Season All-America team includes 3 Lions

Pre-Season All-America team includes 3 Lions

Jul 31, 2012 - Football News

USA College Sports and NCCAA selects trio Ekanem, Golson, Johnson counted on to lead SAGU WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The Southwestern Assemblies of God University football team had...

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In good hands with All-Stater

In good hands with All-Stater

Jun 27, 2012 - Football News

Godley running back transfers to SAGU Landry Martinez loads up Lions backfield WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- Southwestern Assemblies of God University, whose spread option offense has become as d...

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Recruit has earned his stripes

Recruit has earned his stripes

Jun 25, 2012 - Football News

Grandview HS Zebra named All-State Austin Martinez signs to play football and baseball WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- Austin Martinez comes to Southwestern Assemblies of God University having...

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Football Lions eager for 2012 season

Football Lions eager for 2012 season

May 15, 2012 - Football News

NAIA lists Pre-Season Football Poll SAGU opens camp on August 13 WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics released the 2012 Pre-Season Football Top 25 Coac...

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Football game moved to OPSU

Football game moved to OPSU

Apr 08, 2012 - Football News

Game was to be played at Lumpkins Lions to face Aggies in Goodwell, Oklahoma WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- Southwestern Assemblies of God University’s scheduled football game on Saturday, October 27...

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Football Schedule Announced

Football Schedule Announced

Mar 26, 2012 - Football News

Lions have six home games Homecoming is set for October 13 WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University football team has announced their 2012 schedule, and it include...

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David Howard: A Prize Catch

David Howard: A Prize Catch

Feb 01, 2012 - Football News

Wide Receiver named to the All-NCCAA team Making a catch in every game during his career, including 30 for TD's WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- The National Christian College Athletic Association...

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Football Lions hungry for 2012 season

Football Lions hungry for 2012 season

Dec 26, 2011 - Football News

Unfinished business drives offseason plans Plus, NAIA, NCCAA post-season results WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- After staying in the playoff hunt in both the National Association of Intercollegiate A...

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Kallal named Academic All-American

Kallal named Academic All-American

Dec 17, 2011 - Football News

LB is one of two CSFL players honored ROME, Georgia  --  The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced Friday that 244 football student-athletes have been nam...

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SAGU ranked 8th in NCCAA football

SAGU ranked 8th in NCCAA football

Nov 26, 2011 - Football News

Campbellsville wins Victory Bowl, 21-7 Two member teams still alive in NCAA D2 and NAIA playoffs WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- The National Christian College Athletic Association’s most recent...

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CSFL All-Academic Team names 10 SAGU Lions

CSFL All-Academic Team names 10 SAGU Lions

Nov 25, 2011 - Football News

Rice, Heathcock lead group who made the grade(s) WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- Making the grade means something entirely different to members of the 2011 All-Academic Team in the Central States Football...

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Lions hook Horns in finale, 31-20

Lions hook Horns in finale, 31-20

Nov 14, 2011 - Football News

Defense saves the day, scores 2 TD's Rice scores game-winner, connects with McKinley for TD TYLER, Texas -- Stories with heroes always find a place in the hearts of people. Whether ...

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