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Strong finish pays off when Langston forfeits six games

CSFL add teams from Arkansas, Arizona

Following the best season in their young history, Southwestern Assemblies of God University was named co-champions of the Central States Football League when Langston University forfeited six victories during the 2013 season.

SAGU rolled to four straight wins to finish 6-4, including 4-1 in the CSFL. Bacone College, of Muskogee, Oklahoma, 8-3 overall and 4-1 in league action, tied the Lions for the CSFL crown following Langston

Self-reporting violations, Langston officially went 3-7 in all games and were 2-3 in the conference. The reporting was done under Athletic Director Mike Garrett.

SAGU and Bacone share the title, though the Lions defeated the No. 20 Warriors, 38-34, in the season finale. Senior QB Reid Golson connected with junior WR Dylan Moore from 26-yards out in the final minute.

Head Coach and Athletic Director Jesse Godding has led the team to its best stretch of play over the past five years.

The CSFL will add two new programs in 2015, Lyon College, of Batesville, Arkansas, and Arizona Christian University, from Phoenix. The league competes in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

The Lions defeated Oklahoma Baptist (21-10), Wayland Baptist (26-21) and Texas College (38-14), all on the road, then rallied past Bacone at home.

Oklahoma Panhandle State University, an NCAA Division II team, is an alliance member of the CSFL. SAGU defeated them for the second consecutive year, 42-35.

SAGU plays at 10,000 seat Lumpkins Stadium, and are the only NAIA program to broadcast their games in HD video, live and on-line, free of charge.

The team returns their entire offensive line and many skill position players on offense except for QB Reid Golson, last year’s CSFL MVP.

On defense, the Purple and Gold has some talent on the line, at linebacker and in the secondary. There is a void on the line and possibly at linebacker and safety.

For more information contact Coach Godding at, or either of the team’s coordinators; Offensive – Frank Tristan at or Defensive – John Allen at

The team reports to fall camp in early August. The Lions open the season in Lindsborg, Kansas against Bethany College on September 6. Texas Lutheran University, an NCAA D2 power, visits Waxahachie on Sept. 27.

By Mark Warde, freelance writer. Contact him at
Updated/Official 2013 CSFL Standings

                                                                                    CSFL Record                        Overall Record
Southwestern Assemblies of God University             4-1                                          6-4
Bacone College (Ok)                                                       4-1                                          8-3
Oklahoma Baptist University                                          3-2                                          4-7
Langston University (Ok)                                                 2-3                                          3-7
Texas College                                                                   1-4                                          1-9
Wayland Baptist University (Tx)                                      1-4                                          1-9
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