SAGU now 2-2 after second big road victory

Moore lifts offense; Howeth, Caston, Johnson lead defensive charge

Stats Link  (at the bottom)

caston-evers-rush-qbSHAWNEE, Oklahoma  --  After a slow start, Southwestern Assemblies of God University rose to the occasion with a rash of big plays en route to an impressive 21-10 victory over Oklahoma Baptist University.

Trailing 10-0 to the upstart Bison, conditions were perfect for the hosts; mild fall weather, a sun-splashed sky and an overflow crowd of over 4,900 at Eddie Hurt Stadium. Combined with a late first half score also gave OBU the momentum too.

SAGU, who led by double digits in each of their first three contests only to struggle after halftime, dominated the final two quarters. They outscored OBU 21-0 and had a 12-6 margin in first downs after intermission.

Wide receiver Dylan Moore (Denton, Tx / Guyer HS), at 6'2 220-lbs, made four receptions, three of them in the clutch. One was a bounding jump in the end zone for a TD, the other a spectacular solo stab to set-up the clinching touchdown.

One constant was the aggressive play of the defense. They allowed an early eight-play, 80-yard TD drive, then nothing else.

Defensive Coordinator John Allen's unit was carniverous and as tight as a size nine shoe on a size twelve foot.

The Bison's only other score, a field goal as time expired in the second quarter, came a play after the Lions lost a fumble inside their five yard line.

Unlike previous weeks, the Purple Pride took the game to the opponent on offense and defense after recess.

Like waking up to the sounds of the school bus horn, the Lions roared early and often in the second half.

The third quarter began with seniors D.J. Johnson (Detroit, Mich / Springfield Parkview HS) and Ike Caston (Dallas, Tx / A+ Academy) stuffing a fake punt. Nine plays later James Hopkins (Ferris, Tx / Ferris HS, NW Okla. State Univ) barreled two yards to cap a 41-yard drive to draw within 10-7.

The defense, which held OBU to 89 yards in the second stanza, forced a punt. They then coaxed a turnover on the Bison’s next possession.

golson-runs-by-obuJeff Howeth (Dallas, Tx / Highland Park HS) jarred the ball loose from RB Darryl Fields while CB Shakeem Taylor (Mesquite, Tx / Poteet HS) scooped it up in Bison territory.

Perhaps the play of the game occurred next.

QB Reid Golson (Grandview, Tx / Grandview HS, Howard Payne Univ) pitched the ball to wingback Venique Benton (Waxahachie, Tx / Waxahachie HS), who started the play in motion.

Benton, a former QB at Waxahachie HS, rolled to his right, and then fired a deep pass to 6’3 freshman wide receiver Josh Goodwin (Montgomery, Tx / Montgomery HS).

His 38-yard catch set up a touchdown pass from Golson to Moore from four yards out.

Moore ran an out pattern to the left, then leapt to snare a high ball from Golson. The scoreboard revealed there was 12:49 left to play. SAGU laid claim to the lead at 14-10. They would not relinquish it.

Oklahoma Baptist punted after a three-and-out when DE Harry Ford (Thibodaux, La / Thibodaux HS) stopped OBU QB Cale Grauer (pronounced like power) on third down. The Lions did not allow a single drive that started on the OBU end of the field to cross the 50 after halftime.

Jeremy McDonald (San Antonio, Tx / Cornerstone Christian) and the punt return team responded with a huge return.

Hobbled all season, the junior fielded a 46-yard punt, went up field, then dashed to the right sideline and turned on the jets. The last defender ended the play at the OBU 38, a runback of 43 yards.

The Lions were hungry for 'more.' Literally.

On a critical third-and-fifteen play, Golson rolled left and fired for Moore along the sideline. Covered, he shielded the defender with his body and made an astonishing one-handed, 17-yard grab of a ball that was over his head.

Fully extended, he reeled in the ball like a hawk snatches its prey in midair.

Hopkins darted 12 yards after taking a direct snap from center R.J. Adame (Keller, Tx / Central HS). Then, on third and goal from the six, Golson dashed to his right, pulled up and feathered a spiral to 6-foot-4 tight end Caleb Shelly (Cold Spring, Tx / Cold Spring HS) in the back of the end zone. There was 7:50 remaining.

A solid kickoff return and a personal foul penalty gave OBU possession in SAGU territory.  Allen's defense would not budge. They collared the Bison on downs at the Lions 37.

Golson and the offense, which had managed only 13 second half points in the first three games, went for the jugular.

Needing to drain the clock and move the chains, SAGU executed both as well as any hopes of an OBU comeback.

The Pride proceeded to march 12 plays, all on the ground, and gained four first downs before Golson took a knee just yards from the OBU goal line.

Coach Godding dishes praise

“It was a very gratifying effort by our team,” said Head Coach Jesse Godding. “We were slow out of the gate, and, despite three turnovers in the first half, we were only down 10-0.”

“The fake punt was big. OBU had also been struggling in the second half of all of their games. In fact, they had the lead at the half in each game.”

“So I think they were trying to get something going with that call.”

He praised the play of many, starting with the effort of Hopkins, a junior tailback. “He’s a fine young man and he has been getting better every week.”

The performances of Golson, Moore, the offensive line and then the defense, who made plays all day, were just some of those the coach singled out after the game.

“We didn’t click much on offense in September,” he said, “but the guys kept working hard, knowing they could do better. Today they were a cohesive unit and Reid was in control of the attack.”

“We’re 2-2 (overall) as well as 1-0 in the CSFL. This puts us in position to make the next six games really matter.”

Winning by the numbers

SAGU finished with 18 first downs and 274 yards, while permitting just 12 and 212 yards.

The Bison managed only 89 yards after intermission, picking up just 3.5 per play.

Howeth led the charge with 11 tackles. Linebackers Jeremiah Maat (Slidell, La / Slidell HS) and Kendal Evers (Danbury, Tx / Danbury HS) each made eight stops, while Johnson, Caston and Dalton Snyder (Ennis, Tx / Ennis HS) turned in seven apiece.

Sophomore Trevor Van Kempen (Henderson, Nev / Mtn View Christian) registered his first career interception.

On offense, Moore latched onto four passes and gained 49 yards. Hopkins was more efficient than magnificent with 60 yards on 20 carries. His bursts continually produced positive yardage and he protected the ball.

Two plays that can’t be forgotten came in the scoring drive in the third quarter.

On a second and 16 situation, Offensive Coordinator Frank Tristan called for an end around pitch to McDonald. Reading blocks superbly, he cut inside, the swerved right, zooming 19 yards to the OBU 18.

Three plays later on third and 12, Golson, who completed 11-of-21 for 91, scrambled for 17 yards to the three. It set the table for Hopkins’ third TD of the year.

SAGU is now tied with Texas College, both at 1-0 in the CSFL.  For the complete standings, visit:  http://www.centralstatesfootball.com/

October 12: Langston at SAGU

Next week the Lions play host to Langston University, the pre-season pick to win the conference title. LU hasn’t played in Lumpkins Stadium since 2004.

Kickoff is set for 2:00pm (CST). The game will be broadcast in HD by SAGU Sports Live. The pregame show begins at approximately 1:50pm.

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.

PLUS: An interview with Frank Tristan will appear on Monday.

Photo Credit: Special Thanks to the OBU Sports Information Office for the above photo.

Box Score and Play-by-Play of the SAGU-OBU game:   http://www.dakstats.com/WebSync/Pages/BoxScores/BoxScores.aspx?association=10&sg=MFB&sea=NAIMFB_2013&team=2272&compID=46076

Click on the blue square to the right of the webcast symbol: (((W))) to access the Play-by-Play.
 

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Oct 16, 2012 - Football News

Lions' defense rated #25 in NAIA SAGU travels to Wayland Baptist on Saturday WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  At least a dozen players on the Southwestern Assemblies of God University fo...

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Stakes remain high for FB Lions

Stakes remain high for FB Lions

Oct 16, 2012 - Football News

SAGU hopes to spoil three homecomings Team can achieve lofty goals in final 4 games WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Saturday’s 41-0 blanking of Haskell University has energized the foot...

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Ground game paves road to 41-0 win

Ground game paves road to 41-0 win

Oct 15, 2012 - Football News

Lions rush for 364 yards, 3 TD's Ekanem, Heathcock, defense stifles Haskell WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The bumpy terrain terrain of three straight losses was flattened by a st...

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Lions caged in Oklahoma

Lions caged in Oklahoma

Oct 07, 2012 - Football News

Golson, Heathcock dauntless in defeat  SAGU to host Haskell at Homecoming MUSKOGEE, Oklahoma  --  The Southwestern Assemblies of God University football team produced...

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Saturday Football Preview

Saturday Football Preview

Oct 06, 2012 - Football News

SAGU versus Bacone, 2:00pm Listen to the Audio Feed MUSKOGEE, Oklahoma  --  The college football series between Southwestern Assemblies of God University and Bacone College has...

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James Gish honored nationally

James Gish honored nationally

Oct 03, 2012 - Football News

Fred Mitchell Award shines on kickers One of two NAIA PK’s chosen in September WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The Fred Mitchell Award recognized a host of place-kickers for their excel...

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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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