SAGU Sports Saturday
Football, Soccer on the road
Volleyball team is off 'til Nov. 2-3
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University athletic schedule finds three of the four teams in action on Saturday, all on the road.
The Lions football team are in Goodwell, Oklahoma where they will face Oklahoma Panhandle State University at 2:00pm. OPSU is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) Division II.
SAGU is currently 2-5 with three games to play.
The OPSU Aggies, who will be having their homecoming today, are 3-4. They have dropped their last two games; 34-30 at Northwestern Oklahoma State University and 40-9 at Bacone College.
Panhandle State has won the first three meetings in the series. Three years ago they won a thriller in Waxahachie with a double-overtime, 50-48, triumph. In 2010 the Aggies held off the Lions, 35-31, in Goodwell.
Last fall the Lions slipped at home, 38-22.
SAGU can still finish at .500 but must run the table against OPSU, Langston University (4-3) and Texas College (1-7).
The Aggies are scoring 22 points per game and yield 39.
Their offense gains 362 yards per outing; 168 rushing, 194 passing. The achilles heel has been their defense, which allows 432 yards, including 319 through the air.
SAGU is producing points at a 25 ppg average and permit 26.
Offensively, the Lions are moving the chains to the tune of 366 yards per game (157 rushing, 209 passing), ranking #38 in the NAIA. The defense is giving up 355 yards (189 rushing, 166 passing) per contest.
The Lions turnover margin this season has improved from last year's -6. They have made 18 turnovers and the defense has been credited with 18 takeaways.
Nagging the team has been penalties. They cost themselves 94 yards per game this season, an average 10 citations per game.
The yardage is the most in the NAIA. Langston, next week's opponent, ranks second at 93 ypg.
Men's Soccer Lions
The men's soccer Lions, 6-11 overall and 2-8 against teams in the Red River Athletic Conference, take on Huston-Tillotson University in Austin at 1:00pm. Tillotson was the pre-season favorite to win the league championship.
SAGU hopes to break a five-game losing skid against the Rams (7-3-4, 5-2-3 in RRAC), who are trying to secure a place in the Red River tournament. It will be the season finale for the Purple Pride, who have not qualified for a post-season tournament.
The regular season ends today and HT is fighting with LSU-Shreveport (11-5-1, 6-3-1 in RRAC) and New Mexico's University of the Southwest (7-8-1, 6-4 in RRAC) for one of the last two playoff positions.
Women's Soccer Lady Lions
The Lady Lions have steadily improved since a 1-8 start. Like their male counterparts, they are 6-11, though they are headed in an entirely different direction.
SAGU is tied for sixth place with Bacone College (5-12) with 4-5 records in the RRAC. Only the top six (there are 12 teams in the RRAC) receive a bid for the Red River tournament.
Team Lioness is in the state capital for a 3:00pm clash with the HTU Lady Rams (3-13-1, 3-6 in RRAC). Meanwhile the BC Warriors are at home (Muskogee, Okla) to tangle with Texas College (2-13, 1-8 in RRAC) at 1:00pm.
For The Lady Lions to earn the tourney bid, they must win and have Bacone lose. The Warriors own the tie-breaker based on their 1-0 home triumph over SAGU a month ago.
SAGU could possibly play in the National Christian College Athletic Association's Central Regional in Denver though its questionable. Still, the team has enjoyed their best season since beginning in 2006.
VB Lady Lions Update
The Volleyball Lady Lions fell to Southern Nazarene University on Thursday, 3-1. They are 15-13 overall and 5-3 against RRAC competition.
SAGU is off until next weekend, when they will host three games in 24 hours.
One win during the cluster of three matches will clinch a spot in the RRAC tourney as well as their eighth straight year to have a winning record during the regular season.
The Lady Lions play Wiley College (20-7, 8-1 in RRAC) on Friday night. Then, on Saturday, they will welcome Texas College (10-17, 3-6) at 11:00am and then Jarvis Christian College (1-13, 1-8) at 5:00pm (CST).
The finale is also Senior Day, when Caitlyn Hudson (Mansfield, Tx / Legacy HS) concludes her career at home.
A report of the results of each of the games will be posted later today and overnight.