Football Lions still in the post-season hunt
Season goals within reach at midseason
Team plays at Austin College on Saturday
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- The college football season is at the midway point and Southwestern Assemblies of God University has post-season play within their sight with five games yet to be played.
The Lions, even after a 41-17 loss at the hands of Langston University, are 2-3 overall and 1-1 in the Central States Football League.
Should SAGU rebound with a strong finish they could win the CSFL to earn a bid to the NAIA playoffs.
The Lions are dual members in both the NAIA and the NCCAA. The latter, the National Christian College Athletic Association, which has over 120 members, nineteen of them field a football program.
At the end of the regular season, the top two NCCAA teams who don't qualify for either the NCAA or NAIA playoffs, receive a bid to the Victory Bowl. It is played at the site of the team with the best record.
The current NCCAA standings were released today. They show the Lions in the middle of the pack, but are only one game behind in the loss column. (see standings below)
Having won four games during three of the past five seasons, the Pride can achieve their best record yet by reaching five or more wins. That would require at least a 3-2 second half.
SAGU's remaining opponents have a combined record of 9-21; Austin College (1-5), Oklahoma Panhandle State University (3-4), Wayland Baptist University (0-6), Texas College (1-4) and Bacone College (4-2). A good stretch run is viable.
This Saturday, October 19, the Lions travel 93 miles north to Sherman, Texas where they will take on Austin College. The game will begin with a 1:00pm (CST) kickoff. The 'Roos are an NCAA D3 team.
Fans can listen to the play-by-play on the SAGU Sports Network's AUDIO broadcast. It will begin at 12:50pm.
The following week, Oct. 26, is Homecoming, with OPSU coming to town. A year the Lions edged the NCAA D2 Aggies, 28-27, on the road.
Here are the current standings in the NAIA's CSFL and the NCCAA.
CSFL Conference Overall Pct.
Bacone College 1-0 4-2 .667
Langston Univ 1-0 1-4 .200
Texas College 1-0 1-4 .200
SAGU 1-1 2-3 .400
Okla Baptist 0-1 1-5 .167
Wayland Baptist 0-2 0-6 .000
Greenville College (Ill) (6-0) Panthers (NCAA D3)
North Greenville University (So.Caro) (4-2) Crusaders (NCAA D2)
Trinity International University (Ill) (4-2) Trojans (NAIA)
Chowan University (No.Caro) (3-2) Hawks (NCAA D2)
Geneva College (Pa) (3-2) Golden Tornadoes (NCAA D3)
Azusa Pacific University (Cal) (3-3) Cougars (NCAA D2)
Campbellsville University (Ky) (3-3) Tigers (NAIA)
University of Northwestern (Minn) (3-3) Eagles (NCAA D3)
Kentucky Christian University (3-4) Knights (NAIA)
SAGU (Tex) (2-3) Lions (NAIA)
Mississippi College (2-3) Choctaws (NCAA D3)
Olivet Nazarene University (Ill) (2-4) Tigers (NAIA)
Point University (Ga) (2-4) Sky Hawks (NAIA)
Maranatha Baptist Bible College (Wisc) (1-4) Crusaders (NCAA D3)
McMurry University (Tex) (1-5) WarHawks (NCAA D2)
Trinity Bible College (N.Dak) (1-6) Lions (NCCAA)
Shorter University (Ga) (0-5) Hawks (NCAA D2)
Southern Nazarene University (Ok) (0-5) Crimson Storm (NCAA D2)
Bluefield College (Va) (0-6) Rams (NAIA)
TEAMS (19): NAIA - 7. NCAA D2 - 6. NCAA D3 - 5. NCCAA - 1.
Last Week's Results - October 12
Simon Fraser University 36 @ Azusa Pacific University 42
Bellhaven University 40 @ Bluefield College 21
Campbellsville University 14 @ Georgetown College (Ky) 19
Chowan University 31 @ Bowie State University (Md) 21
Greenville College 55 @ MacMurray 30
Kentucky Christian University 22 @ Lindsey Wilson College (Ky) 14
Concordia-Wisconsin 14 @ Maranatha Baptist Bible College 70
McMurry University 20 @ Midwestern State University (Tx) 66
Mississippi College 34 @ Sul Ross State (Tx) 30
Lenoir Rhyne University 35 @ North Greenville University 17
College of St. Scholastica 25 @ University of Northwestern 14
Grandview University (Iowa) 17 @ Olivet Nazarene University 48
Alderson-Broaddus College 48 @ Point University 16
Carson-Newman College 45 @ Shorter University 28
Southeastern Oklahoma State 31 @ Southern Nazarene University 14
Langston University 41 @ Southwestern Assemblies of God University 17
Trinity Bible College 27 @ Dordt College (Iowa) 56
Trinity International University 28 @ Saint Ambrose University 31
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