Homecoming Saturday; Football earns big win
Lions six TD's too much for OPSU
Soccer, V-Ball, Cross Country also in action
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University football Lions capped Homecoming 2013 with an impressive victory at Lumpkins Stadium. The weekend was filled with festivities and surprises.
The threat of thunderstorms did little to dampen the plans of alumni and current students, evidenced by the announcements made at halftime of the football game.
Detailed stories of each of SAGU's six fall sports team's news will be posted here in the next 24 hours. Here is a brief re-cap:
PHOTO REVIEW FROM LUMPKINS STADIUM
Review all of the stirring events that took place in and around the football game in a special Photo Review that will be posted on-line this weekend.
View and/or purchase from hundreds of photos taken by Moving Pictures' photographer Steve Patterson, including the halftime announcement of the Homecoming King and Queen. It will include shots of fans, cheerleaders, the band and the football game.
The collection of pictures will be uploaded on Sunday at: movingpictures.photoreflect.com
The Lions defeated Oklahoma Panhandle State University, 42-35, to give definition and purpose to the team's stretch run. It was the second straight year that SAGU has defeated the Aggies, who are in the NCAA's Division 2.
Senior QB Reid Golson ran for two scores and passed for another as the Purple Pride built 14-point leads on three occasions; 14-0, 28-14 and 42-28.
Junior RB Troy Griffin plowed into the end zone twice in the first four minutes of a game in which the Lions would never trail.
The defense stopped OPSU on fourth down five times and sophomore LB Jeremiah Maat returned a fumble 63 yards for TD.
Now 3-4 for the season, the Lions have two big road games coming on November 2 and 9 against Wayland Baptist University (0-7) and Texas College (1-6).
You can listen to both games on the SAGU Sports Network's Audio broadcast.
The homw finale is on Saturday, Nov. 16, when No. 25 ranked Bacone College (6-2) visits Waxahachie. Senior players will be honored that day.
Amber Belisle scored after an assist from Amy Lambdin but the Lady Lions couldn't overcome three soft goals in a 3-1 setback at home to St. Gregory's University.
Belisle (bah-LIE-yul) and Lambdin are from Stockton, California.
The team plays at home on Tuesday afternoon, October 29, against the University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma (USAO).
After a stunning 5-4 loss in overtime on Thursday; a game the Lions once led 4-1, the team dropped a 5-0 decision to St. Gregory's on Saturday. The game was a match-up of the two last place teams in the Sooner Athletic Conference.
SAGU returns to the pitch on Tuesday, at home, versus USAO.
MENS / WOMENS CROSS COUNTRY
The continued improvement of the first year programs took a new step on Saturday in Kansas.
Competing against a large field of 35 college teams at the NAIA's MID-STATES CLASSIC, SAGU runners set 12 new personal records on the course.
The men collaborated for their best time of the fall season. The Lady Lions team, reduced in numbers due to sickness, still racked up five records.
A detailed review, including team standings and individual times, will be posted on Sunday.
Both teams are entered in the Sooner Athletic Conference Championship in two weeks, Nov. 9, in Shawnee, Ok.
The Lady Lions, leading two games to one, were on the brink of a huge road win on Saturday. SAGU lost the first game, 25-15, then bounced back. They rolled by John Brown University with wins by 25-22 and 25-19.
Momentum quickly shifted back to the Golden Eagles (12-16 record), who rose up, grabbing 5-0 leads in the next two games, winning 25-14 and 15-3.
JJ Abbott was the only frontline player to hit over .150, whacking four kills in nine tries for a .333 effort.
SAGU, now 14-13 overall, slipped from third place to sixth during an 0-2 week.
The Lady Lions will honor their seniors at their final home appearance of the season on Tuesday, Oct. 29, when they play host to Oklahoma City University (16-11) at 5:00pm.