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Lions win thriller, 38-34, over Bacone; finish 6-4

Recap of VBall, Women's Hoops and XC teams at Nationals

WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Six athletic contests on Friday and Saturday by five different teams from Southwestern Assemblies of God University produced just one win. But, oh what a win it was!

The SAGU Lions football team rallied for a pair of late touchdowns, then staved off a last-second scoring bid by No. 25 ranked Bacone College (Ok), 38-34, on Saturday night at Lumpkins Stadium.

The triumph gave Head Coach Jesse Godding and the Lions their first-ever winning season at 6-4. By finishing with a 4-1 mark in the Central States Football League, SAGU also took second place.

Down 34-24 midway through the fourth quarter, senior QB Reid Golson (Grandview, Tx / Grandview, Howard Payne Univ) engineered two TD drives to stun the Warriors.

The first, a 10-play, 64-yard march, was capped off with an eight-yard power run up the middle by junior RB Troy Griffin (Houston, Tx / Texas A&M Commerce).

Golson then led the Purple Pride on the decisive and historic trek to glory.

After he saved the drive with a 10-yard scramble for a first down on fourth and ten; he made it by inches, he threw the final pass of his collegiate career from the Warriors 26 yard line.

He made it count.

Golson fired an aerial to the goal line for junior WR Dylan Moore (Denton, Tx / Guyer HS). The sophomore leapt to make the catch over a defender, and then landed inside the pylon for a thrilling score. (Two photos of the winning catch will be posted) SAGU led, 38-34, with 1:50 to play.

Bacone (7-4), who also lost a week ago, 39-37, to Langston University (6-4), had just enough time left.

The Warriors began connecting on passes and advanced from their own twelve yard line to the Lions’ five with thirteen seconds remaining.

One play after dropping a game-clinching interception, the defense rose to the occasion. They flushed senior Karl Birkenfield out of the pocket.

Rolling to his right, the Warriors QB turned upfield. Running from the pursuit of senior DE Ike Caston (Dallas, Tx / A+ Academy HS), and a second before a collision with LB Jeremiah Maat (Slidell, La / Slidell HS), he lost control of the football.

Freshman lineman Ethridge Brooks (Centerville Tx / Madisonville HS) recovered inside the five yard line.

A moment later the team doused Coach Godding and veteran Defensive Coordinator John Allen with coolers of ice water. But nothing could dampen the team’s hard-fought victory.

A complete review of the game, along with action photos, will be posted on Sunday night. Follow-up stories and interviews will appear in the days after.

After dropping their first two games of the season, SAGU won their final four games in a row as well as six-of-eight down the stretch.

Highlights of the game will appear on the Facebook fan page of the SAGU Sports Network in the next few days. Be sure to join 800 others who ‘Like’ the page!


The volleyball, women’s basketball and both cross country teams also had dates this weekend. Separate articles will appear on each on Sunday.


The Lady Lions (15-16 record) lost in Friday's quarterfinals of the Sooner Athletic Conference in Shawnee, Oklahoma.

Texas Wesleyan University ousted SAGU in four games, 3-1.

The Rams won the first game, 25-19, before Team Lioness evened things with a 25-17 victory.

After building a 23-19 lead in the third set, SAGU yielded the last six points to Wesleyan, losing 25-23. The Rams clinched with a 25-20 score in the fourth.

SAGU will play in the NCCAA Central Regional next weekend in the suburbs of Oklahoma City. The schedule will be announced Sunday or Monday.


SAGU went winless at the Sterling (Kansas) Classic, falling twice; 73-58 to Sterling College and 71-46 to Southwestern College (Ks).

The Lady Lions were ice cold from the field, making just 29% of their shots in the opener, then 27% in the second game. SAGU was dominated on the boards in each game in a forgetful twenty-four hours.A summary of the games will be posted on Sunday. 

On Tuesday night they return to the court to face Dallas Christian College. The game is in Richardson at 6:00pm. The men’s team follows with an 8:00pm tip.


Injuries kept the Lady Lions from sending the minimum number of runners to the NCCAA Nationals in Dayton, Ohio on Saturday. Teams must have five players in action in order to receive points in the team standings.

Two freshmen, Destiny Garza (Aldine, Tx / MacArthur HS)  and Kristen Herrington (Lufkin, Tx / Hudson HS ) were SAGU’s top finishers, but, with four harriers competing in the 5K, they were not able to pick up points.


After qualifying for the NCCAA Nationals, which had a 44-team field, the first year Lions, with an all-freshman squad, came up short, finishing 24th.

BJ Hillhouse (Brookshire, Tx / Royal HS) , Jose Campos (Luling, Tx / Luling HS)  and Juan Rubio (Rockdale, Tx / Rockdale HS)  were SAGU’s top finishers in an event that had teams from the NCAA’s D2 and D3 along with NAIA members.

Contact: Mark “Link” Warde, SAGU Sports Information Director, at or at 469-658-2847.

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