Lions defense fueled offense in 21-10 win
SAGU yields early TD, then post stop signs
Defensive playmakers step up everywhere
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- Like a seasoned lawyer, John Allen’s defense never rests. But on Saturday they were able to partner with an offense that pulled their share of the weight.
In Southwestern Assemblies of God University’s 21-10 road victory over Oklahoma Baptist University, the defense threw a shutout in the second half at the same time the offense scored three touchdowns for a complete game triumph.
They limited the host Bison to 89 yards on 25 plays after intermission, an average of just 3.5 yards per snap.
OBU’s second possession followed a Lion 3-and-out that began at the Bison 47.
They moved from their 20 to the SAGU 40 when the defense blew pass coverage on a play that finished in a 40-yard score for the green-clad Bison.
Coach Allen’s troops circled the wagons after that lapse. The closest OBU came the rest of the half was reaching the Lions’ 49.
That drive ended on the next play when sophomore linebacker Trevor Van Kempen (Henderson, Nev / Mtn View Christian), who had dropped into coverage.
The second half witnessed SAGU make all of the critical stops.
The first came early when the Bison attempted a fake punt on a fourth-and-two at their own 41.
Punter Cooper Koons was brought down by the senior tandem of D.J. Johnson (Detroit, Mich / Springfield Parkview HS) and Ike Caston (Dallas, Tx / A+ Academy) one yard short.
Nine plays later the Team Purp got on the scoreboard when James Hopkins (Ferris, Tx / Ferris HS, NW Okla State) burst through the line from two yards out.
SAGU forced a punt after Kendal Evers (Danbury, Tx / Danbury HS) and Dalton Snyder (Ennis, Tx / Ennis HS) tackled a receiver after a third down catch.
On their next possession, CSFL Defensive Player of the Week Jeff Howeth (Dallas, Tx / Highland Park HS, NW Mo St) separated RB Darryl Fields from the ball. Shakeem Taylor (Mesquite, Tx / Poteet HS) recovered.
After WR Venique Benton (Waxahachie, Tx / Waxahachie HS) rolled out and found 6’3 Josh Goodwin (Montgomery, Tx / Montgomery HS) inside the five yard line, a gain of 38.
Two plays later QB Reid Golson (Grandview, Tx / Grandview, Howard Payne Univ) connected with 6'3 Dylan Moore (Denton, Tx / Guyer HS) for the go-ahead score.
Oklahoma Baptist’s next possession went nowhere. Derius Wilburn (Mesquite, Tx / Mesquite HS) made a tackle on first down. Dalton Snyder did the same on second before Harry Ford (Thibodaux, La / Thibodaux HS) chased down QB Cale Grauer on a third down scramble.
Leading 14-10, Jeremy McDonald (San Antonio, Tx / Cornerstone Christian) nearly took the ensuing punt to the house. He was out of bounds after a 43-yard return.
After a one-handed circus catch by Moore and a 12-yard power-run by Hopkins, Golson zipped a 6-yard TD pass to TE Caleb Shelly (Cold Spring, Tx / Cold Spring HS).
The offense fed off the defense. Or vice-versa.
Together the collaborative effort evened SAGU’s record at 2-2.
After back-to-back road wins, SAGU returns home to face their nemesis, Langston University. A 2:00pm kickoff is planned.
Another similar effort by Lion defenders is essential for SAGU to upend an even tougher foe.