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Lions (3-4) plays at Wayland Baptist (0-7)
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PLAINVIEW, Texas -- Saturday’s Central State Football League game between Southwestern Assemblies of God University and host Wayland Baptist University could follow a similar pattern as their first meeting a year ago.
In that game, a 58-37 win by the first year Pioneers, also played at the 8,000 seat Greg Sherwood Memorial Bulldog Stadium (pictured below, right), offense ruled. The game was tied late in the third quarter, 30-30.
The Lions, riding the momentum of last week’s 42-35 triumph over Oklahoma Panhandle State University, can balance their record at 4-4 with a win.
Wayland sports a winless mark in seven outings. After a bye week, they're eager to turn the tables on the Lions.
Fans have several options for following the action; live video, audio and LiveStats (digital play by play). Plus, KKYN 106.9FM will carry the game on live radio.
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While the Lions average 23.3 points per game, comparing favorably to the Pioneers’ 18.4. However, the hosts hold a slight advantage in total offense, 331 yards to 322 for SAGU.
The offensive breakdown shows the strengths of both:
Yards Rushing Per Game: SAGU leads the CSFL at 184.6, WBU is fifth at 120.1
Passing Yards Per Game: WBU is third at 211.1, SAGU is last at 138.0
Turnovers: WBU 24 (11 fumbles, 13 interceptions), SAGU 19 (13 / 6)
Penalties: The teams are the least penalized in the CSFL; SAGU 61 ypg, WBU 63
3rd Down Conversion: SAGU leads the CSFL at 43%; WBU is last at 22%
Offensive Players to Watch
Sophomore running back Kendall Robertson (6’0, 210) heads the league in rushing with 795 yards (132 ypg). He picks up 6.3 per carry, eleven of them ending with the officials raising their arms.
SAGU remembers him well. He busted loose for 157 yards and five TD’s rushing. He scored a sixth on a 66 yard pass.
Wayland has utilized a pair of QB’s; 6’2 freshman Josh Houghtaling (143-63-5, 4 TD) and 5’11 sophomore Braden Hudson (114-56-6, 2 TD).
The Pioneers’ top receiver is 5’11 Chris Acosta (27 receptions, 12.4 ypc, 0 TD). Robertson comes out of the backfield (17, 8.8, 1 TD), while Josh Bailey, a 5’10 WR, has been active of late (14, 8.6, 0 TD).
Three other players have reached double figures in receptions, led by Brendan Pegg (10, 15.7, 3 TD).
The cog in the wheel for SAGU is senior QB Reid Golson (Grandview, Tx / Grandview, Howard Payne Univ). He is atop the CSFL in total offense by averaging 204 per game (532 rushing / 897 passing).
He has completed 54% of his throws for nine TD’s. He has just six picks.
Supporting Golson are three backs; Troy Griffin (Houston, Tx / Texas A&M Commerce) (348 yds, 4.6 per carry, 4 TDs), James Hopkins (Ferris, Tx / Ferris HS, NW Okla State) (262, 3.9, 3) and Carvon Culton (Dallas, Tx / Molina HS) (67, 3.7).
SAGU’s leading receivers are Dylan Moore (Denton, Tx / Guyer HS), who has 15 (2 TDs), and three others with 14 apiece; Jeremy McDonald (San Antonio, Tx / Cornerstone Christian), Trevor McKinley (Arlington, Tx / Juan Seguin HS) and Venique Benton (Waxahachie, Tx / Waxahachie HS).
Tight End Caleb Shelley (Cold Spring, Tx / Cold Spring HS) has come on in recent weeks. He has 11 grabs, two for TDs.
SCOUTING THE DEFENSES
Defensively is where the Lions have the potential to experience the upper hand. The numbers reveal some contrast:
Total Defense: SAGU is third, allowing 383 ypg. WBU is last at 529.1.
Scoring Defense: SAGU permits 28.1, WBU 40.7
Rushing Defense: SAGU is fourth in the CSFL, yielding 186 ypg, WBU is fifth at 192
Passing Defense: SAGU is best, surrendering 198. Wayland is last at 337.
Sacks: WBU has 17.5, SAGU has four
Takeaways: WBU has 16 (7 fumbles recovered, 9 INT), SAGU has 12 (7 / 5)
Opponents on Third Down: Wayland is fourth at 39%, SAGU fifth at 44%
Defensive Players to Watch
Wayland, who alternate from three to four down linemen, has three of the league’s top six tacklers. Their top two are linebackers; Jon-Lucas Poe (11.0 tpg) and Tyler Smith (10.1).
The Lions leaders at making stops are also LB’s; senior Kendal Evers (Danbury, Tx / Danbury HS) and sophomore Jeremiah Maat (Slidell, La / Slidell HS). They rank #4 and #5 in the CSFL at 8.3 and 8.0 tackles per contest.
Safety Dylan Snyder (Ennis, Tx / Ennis HS), senior defensive tackle D.J. Johnson (Detroit, Mich / Springfield Parkview HS) and senior defensive end Ike Caston (Dallas, Tx / A+ Academy) average 6.6, 6.4 and 5.7, all rank in the league's Top 20.
A complete review of the game, including statistics and action photos, will be posted on Sunday.