Football Lions roll past Texas College, 38-15
Golson throws 3 TD's, sets yardage record
SAGU (5-4) hosts Bacone College (7-3) on Saturday night
TYLER, Texas -- Senior quarterback Reid Golson (Grandview, Tx / Grandview, Howard Payne Univ) rushed for 96 yards and passed for three touchdowns as Southwestern Assemblies of God University rolled past Texas College, 38-15, Saturday at the Rose Stadium.
The win raised the Lions record to a best-ever 5-4. The team has four games three times in the past five seasons, including the past two.
It set's the stage for a big season finale next Saturday night. SAGU will play host to No. 22 ranked Bacone College (7-3) at 6:00pm at Waxahachie’s Lumpkins Stadium.
While building a 38-0 lead through three quarters, Golson became SAGU’s all-time leader in total offense. He passed former QB, Ryan Smith, who played ten years ago.
"Our players were very efficient in their effort on Saturday," said Head Coach Jesse Godding. "Over the last three weeks they have played with great effort and determination. Their belief in themselves and their work ethic has been impressive."
"Reid played as well as I have seen him play in the past three years. He is very deserving of the records he is breaking."
He now leads the Central States Football League in total offense, averaging 223 yards per outing. His 675 yards rushing trails only Wayland Baptist's Kendall Roberson (1,036 yds).
Through the air the 5'10, 197-pounder is completing 59% of his aerials. He has a dozen scoring strikes against just six interceptions.
Lions Scoring Recap
An 11-play, 79-yard march on the Lions’ first possession was a prelude of what was to come. The drive ended when Troy Griffin (Houston, Tx / Texas A&M Commerce) blasted across the goal line from two yards.
Still in the first quarter, the lead quickly became 14-0.
Golson rolled out to his right and hit wide receiver Josh Goodwin (Montgomery, Tx / Montgomery HS). The 6’3 freshman glided past the coverage and scored on a 43-yard pass play.
The pair connected again with 10:02 left in the half. This time Golson dropped back in the pocket and feathered a 20-yarder to Goodwin on a fade route near the back of the end zone. It capped a seven-play, 66-yard trip to pay dirt.
What followed next was a methodical trek through the Steers defense, going 76 yards, mostly on the ground, in ten plays. The drive stalled at the goal line and senior kicker James Gish (Waxahachie, Tx / Waxahachie HS) converted from 17-yards.
The Lions put the game away with two more TD’s in the third. Another power run from inside the ten by Griffin gave the junior eight TD’s for the season.
He has found the end zone two times per game for the third straight week. Incidentally, SAGU has won all three games in succession.
From the 14-yard line, Golson found 6’4 tight end Caleb Shelly (Cold Spring, Tx / Cold Spring HS) over the middle. It was Golson’s 12th TD pass of the season.
A balanced attack witnessed the Lions churn out 475 yards, including 263 on the ground.
Supporting Golson’s 96 yards on 12 carries, were Griffin’s 15 carries for 49 yards and Kris Bigham (Cedar Ridge, Tx / Cedar Ridge HS), who toted the rock six times for another 40.
Carvon Culton (Dallas, Tx / Molina HS) contributed another 28 on four attempts.
Golson completed 12 of 17 throws for 212 yards and no interceptions.
Josh Harris (Victorville, Cal / Victor Valley Christian HS), a junior QB, played the fourth quarter.
Shelly and Dylan Moore (Denton, Tx / Guyer HS) led the receiving corps with three receptions. Goodwin, Tyler Jenkins (Weatherford, Tx / Weatherford HS) and Jeremy McDonald (San Antonio, Tx / Cornerstone Christian) each had two catches.
The Lions defense turned in a sterling performance, holding the Steers ground game to 3.3 per carry. They had marginal success through the air, completing 15-of 32 throws for 186 yards.
Sophomore cornerback Shakeem Taylor (Mesquite, Tx / Poteet HS) intercepted one pass and the defense recovered two fumbles.
A pair of inside linebackers led the resistance.
Freshman Ethan Eastwood (Maypearl, Tx / Maypearl HS) led the squad with nine tackles, six of them solo. He stepped into the fray for the injured Kendal Evers (Danbury, Tx / Danbury HS).
Jeremiah Maat (Slidell, La / Slidell HS), a sophomore MLB, turned in an eight tackle effort, all of them solo.
The Steers finally got on the board midway through the fourth quarter on a short run. They tacked on another thanks to a 26-yard punt return and a two-point conversion.
Senior Day, Nov. 16, 6:00pm
SAGU returns to the field next Saturday for their finale against Bacone. There will be a special ceremony to honor a handful of players on Senior Day.
The game will be broadcast live, in HD video by SAGU Sports Live.