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SAGU takes baseball series with 7-3 win

Denton goes 8-of-11, throws out 5-of-6 runners

Box Scores, Play-by-Play, Standings (access below)

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 denton-firesWAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Led by a stellar weekend from senior Jared Denton, the Southwestern Assemblies of God University baseball team won a three-game series, two-to-one, over Southwestern Christian University.

SAGU dropped the first game of a Friday doubleheader, 4-2, before taking the second game by the same score. The double-dip was played at the Waxahachie Sports Complex.

The Lions won the rubber game at the campus ballfield, 7-3. It was played in a misty, drizzle, conditions that led to a few misplayed balls and bad hops.

It was the second straight league series won by SAGU, who elevated their overall record to 14-16. At 5-7 in the Sooner Athletic Conference, the team is in sixth place among the ten teams.

Denton is from the Rio Grande Valley’s Sharyland High School (Mission, Tx), where he played his prep career for the “Rattlers.”

This weekend he struck SWCU for eight base hits in eleven trips to the plate, including four doubles.  “JD” drove in four runs and scored three times.

Perhaps more impressive was his performance behind the dish. While catching the first and third games he threw out five-of-six runners attempting to steal a base. Denton nailed four-of-five in one game.

This spring he has recoiled to bite 10-of-18 would-be base-burglars.

Denton’s batting average rose to .400, which ranks sixth among the Top 10 in the SAC.

“We are really proud of the effort and resolve our guys played with in the series,” Head Coach Sam Blackmon said. “Despite losing the first game, we stayed focused and got great pitching performances from Hayden (Killebrew) and Raul (Castro) in game two.”

“Then we got another one from “Tres” (Pedro Ortiz) in game three.”

“Offensively Jared and Clay (Gentle) had great weekends,” he continued, “and several guys stepped up big in various situations to help offensively.”

“Defensively, turning several critical double was a major highlight as well.”

For his part, Gentle turned in an 8-for-13 series against SCU.

GAME ONE:  SWCU 4-2

The visiting Eagles scored all four of their runs in the top of the first inning against SAGU’s Jeremy Cross (Americus, Ga / Harker Heights HS, Univ of Dallas).ortiz-after-win

An infield hit, four walks, an error and a suicide squeeze bunt produced the only runs SWCU would need. One of them was unearned.

Cross, a senior left-hander, pitched into the fourth inning, allowing five hits and six base on balls. His record slipped to 2-2.

Bryant Threadgill (Whitewright, Tx / Whitewright HS, Dallas Chr. College) tossed the final three and two-thirds of an inning without giving up a run. He yielded three hits, all singles.

SAGU was held scoreless in the first four innings, though they did have four hits.

The Lions 'pleaded their case in the fifth,' when they scored twice, but left the bases loaded.

Brock Schneider (Arlington, Tx / Martin HS) singled past the shortstop to start the rally. A pinch-hitter moved him to second with a groundout to first.

Preston Hornbeck (McKinney, Tx / McKinney HS, Heston JuCo) got a free pass and Gentle sent a smash through the infield to load the bags with Lions.

Following a change of pitchers, Denton ripped a hit to left-centerfield with Schneider racing home. Tallon Ralstin (Cortez, Colo / Cortez HS) lined a single to shallow center to knock in Hornbeck. The next two batters flew out, down the leftfield line and to leftcenter.

Zack Ballangee, who relieved Jacob Spencer that inning, then sat down the Lions in order in the sixth and seven innings.

Denton went 3-for-4 and Gentle was 2-for-4. Ralstin, Schneider and Lance Marks (Nevada, Tx / Community HS, Central Christian College) had the team’s other three hits.

GAME TWO:  SAGU 4-2

The second game saw Hayden Killebrew (Red Oak, Tx / Red Oak HS) earn the win by scattering nine hits in four and two-thirds of an inning. Now 2-1, the sophomore walked two and struck out one.

SAGU produced a run in the first, two in the third and a final tally in the bottom of the fifth.coach-blackmon-mulls

Denton powered a double deep down the leftfield line and scored when Threadgill answered with a base knock to left.

The Purple Pride tacked on a crooked number with two-outs in the third.

Gentle singled to straight-away center and Denton punched one through a gap in the infield.

A grounder to shortstop off the bat of Threadgill ended with an errant throw that allowed Gentle to come home. Eric Hagstrom (Universal City, Tx / Converse Judson HS, Lubbock Christian Univ) followed with a bouncing ball that was bobbled at short and Denton trotted to the dish for a 3-1 lead.

The Eagles drew to within a run with a single and a triple to right-center in the top of the fifth. Raul Castro (Garland, Tx / Berkner HS, Hillsdale College) got the call to relieve Killebrew.

He retired the first batter on a pop-up to Gentle at second.

SAGU quickly replied with an insurance run that inning.

Once again it was Denton providing the stimulus.

He crushed a pitch deep into the wind that appeared unplayable. It bounded to the fence in leftcenter while he cruised into second with an easy, stand-up double.

Threadgill, a 6’3 sophomore, beat out an infield single between first and second, advancing Denton to third.

Wily senior Nick Sheffield (Maypearl, Tx / Maypearl HS) then laid down an aptly placed bunt with Denton scoring easily for a 4-2 lead.

Castro enjoyed a 1-2-3 sixth. But in the seventh he had to work to earn a save.

The sophomore righty got the first man on a fly to Ralstin in right before the Eagles put two runners on board. A questionable walk came on a 2-2 pitch before clean-up hitter, Aaron Ibarra, hit a flair that just eluded the infield in right.

The 6’2 Castro shut the door with one pitch to Drake Johnson. His grounder to Gentle was scooped and pitched to Hornbeck at shortstop, who fired to a fully stretched Threadgill at first. The twin-killing ended the game for the victorious Lions.

Denton went 3-for-3 and scored thrice while Threadgill turned in a 2-fo-3 effort. Schneider, Josh Terry (Daingerfield, Tx / Daingerfield HS) and Gentle each had one hit.

GAME THREE:  SAGU 7-3

Pedro “Tres” Ortiz (Lorena, Tx / Lorena HS) capped the series with well-pitched, nine inning complete game victory, his third complete game of the season.

gentle-double-playThe 5’9 southpaw surrendered only four hits, three runs, though only one was earned. He walked two and whiffed three.

With a mix of varying speed pitches he kept the Eagles off-balance while throwing 123 pitches.

Staked to a 4-0 lead, Ortiz ran into trouble in the fifth and sixth frames.

The Blue Birds produced two runs on an infield error, a triple by Johnson into the gap in left-center, and a passed ball.

In their next at bat they used a walk, a sacrifice bunt and an infield error to draw to within 4-3.

Ortiz escaped further damage in the sixth when, with two runners on board and two outs, a liner was hit over the Lions shortstop. But the 6’0 bearded Hornbeck spun to his right, and leapt to catch the ball with a backhanded stab.

In the seventh the Eagles were threatening when Ortiz bore down to snuff out the rally.

He struck out one batter, swinging, then benefitted from a double play. Hornbeck fielded a hot hopper and tossed to Gentle, who turned and gunned the runner to Threadgill at first.

Ortiz appeared to be tiring in the eighth, but Pitching Coach Chris Semprun, after a meeting on the mound, stuck with him. He surrendered a leadoff single, then whirled and nabbed the runner with a pickoff play at first.

Keeping his pitches low he sat down the next two batters on grounders to Hornbeck and Sheffield at third.hornbeck-backhand

He took the hill in the ninth determined to finish the job.

Following an infield single, he got another double play; Gentle-to-Hornbeck-to-Threadgill, before retiring the last batter on a foul fly to right that was gloved by Jonathan Santiago (Arlington, Tx / Bowie HS).

Ortiz had just enough to get to the finish line. Like the chorus of a hit tune by The Wallflowers, “he drove it home with one headlight.”

SAGU had plenty of chances to turn the game into a rout, rapping 15 hits and picking up three walks. While they did produce seven runs, they also left 13 runners stranded on base.

The Pride got on the board once in the third. After infield singles by Schneider and Hornbeck, the Eagles intentionally walked the red-hot Denton to fill the bags with ‘Cats with one out. Threadgill sent a sacrifice fly to center to knock in Schneider.

They added some distance to the lead with three more in the next frame using four hits and an error. Singles by Sheffield and Hornbeck sandwiched a misplayed Santiago grounder to put Jungle Kings on each base.

Gentle stroked a looping liner to left for one run, then, with nowhere to put Denton, they pitched to him. He ripped a shot to the fence in left-center that had runners scurrying like scalded dogs for two more runs.

Southwestern Christian clawed closer but SAGU slammed the back door by tacking on three more runs in the bottom of the seventh.

Dej Mathis (Wister, Ok / Wister HS, Bacone College), who had flattened a pitch for a double in the fifth, reached first when his ground ball to first took a bad hop off Ibarra’s shoulder.

Sheffield worked a walk just ahead of a double along the first baseline by Santiago. It scored both runners. Hornbeck singled to drive in “Santi” for a 7-3 upper hand.

Gentle was anything but, registering a 4-for-5 game. Hornbeck accounted for three hits while Denton, Mathis and Sheffield were each credited with two hits. Both Santiago and Schneider hit safely as well.

Coach Blackmon rested two of his best pitchers, Jarrod Pisors (Red Oak, Tx / Red Oak HS) and Tucker Burt (North Richland Hills, Tx / Westlake Academy). The latter said he hopes to be back later this week.

Home game Tuesday evening at the Waxahachie Sports Complex

The Lions return to action on Tuesday evening, March 25. Jarvis Christian College, 15-9 in all games and 5-1 in the Red River Athletic Conference. The game begins at 6:00pm at the Waxahachie Sports Complex.

The Bulldogs have won 11 of their last 13 games.

SAGU travels to Chickasha, Ok. (pronounced CHICK-ah-SHAY) next weekend when they play a three-game set against the University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma (USAO). The Drovers are 11-16 in all games and 3-9 in league action.

The team has 18 games remaining on their schedule, 12 of them at home.

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.

Box Scores / Play-by-Play:  http://www.dakstats.com/WebSync/Pages/Team/TeamSchedule.aspx?association=10&sg=MBA&sea=NAIMBA_2014&conference=NAIMBA1_SAC&team=1778

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SAGU releases 2013 football schedule

Apr 18, 2013 - Football News

Lions to introduce new helmet design Key returners could drive team over .500 WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Spring is in the air. For sports fans it can mean the crack of the bat agai...

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As good as Golson

As good as Golson

Dec 23, 2012 - Football News

QB-WR combination thrilled fans Small town stars lighting it up at SAGU WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  When it comes to friends, these guys have taken their alliance to the gridir...

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Josh Harris makes the grade

Josh Harris makes the grade

Dec 22, 2012 - Football News

NAIA announces 259 scholar athletes Soph. is Lions #2 QB, lone scholar rep  WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) a...

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Lions thump Steers in finale, 24-13

Lions thump Steers in finale, 24-13

Nov 12, 2012 - Football News

SAGU getting close to big season Defense, Ekanem force 4 turnovers WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  A quick start by the offense and big plays by the defense led Southwestern Assembli...

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WISD Appreciation Day on Saturday

WISD Appreciation Day on Saturday

Nov 05, 2012 - Football News

Lumpkins Stadium: SAGU vs Texas College, 2pm Students, Staff and Families invited to take in Lions football WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The final day of the college football re...

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Langston's #3 defense curbs Lions

Langston's #3 defense curbs Lions

Nov 05, 2012 - Football News

Nine trips into LU territory nets one TD Home finale on Saturday vs. Texas College LANGSTON, Oklahoma -- The Lions' bid for their first .500 season was cut short against a perennial powe...

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SAGU, Golson TD wins in OT, 28-27

SAGU, Golson TD wins in OT, 28-27

Oct 28, 2012 - Football News

Defense scores TD, forces six turnovers Lions travel to Langston (4-4) on Nov. 2 GOODWELL, Oklahoma  --  Traveling 480 miles, Southwestern Assemblies of God University had...

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500-yards and 37-points not enough

500-yards and 37-points not enough

Oct 21, 2012 - Football News

Tied 30-30, Lions fall at WBU 58-37 Defense forces 5 turnovers, offense sputters late PLAINVIEW, Texas  --  Rallying from a 14-point deficit to tie the game at 30-30 la...

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SAGU-Wayland meet in plain view

SAGU-Wayland meet in plain view

Oct 20, 2012 - Football News

Lions to meet new CSFL foe Focal Point: Pioneer passing vs SAGU secondary PLAINVIEW, Texas  --  Saturday afternoon the Southwestern Assemblies of God University football team b...

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Watch for Football Preview Tonight

Watch for Football Preview Tonight

Oct 19, 2012 - Football News

SAGU plays Saturday at Wayland 2:00pm Kickoff; Live Video Available PLAINVIEW, Texas  -- Southwestern Assemblies of God University will begin a stretch of three straight S...

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Twelve gridders rank nationally

Twelve gridders rank nationally

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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