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Waxahachie, Texas- November 23, 2015- The Central States Football League (CSFL) has released its post-season honors and the Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) football team has many players receiving attention.  Five SAGU players have been named to the first-team, nine players have been picked for the second-team, and 10 have received honorable mentions.

Junior D’Vonn Brown received CSFL Defensive Player of the Year as well as first-team defensive lineman.  For the second year in a row, junior kicker Chadd Dearen was named CSFL Special Teams Player of the Year .

Brown had 62 tackles, 26 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks.  He ranked first in the country for tackles for loss and second in sacks.

“D’Vonn is an incredible athlete.  The most impressive thing about D’Vonn is not how talented he is, but how consistent he plays regardless of the score,” says head coach Frank Tristan.

Dearen is from Rowlett, Texas.  He had 15 field goals with a long of 54-yards.  Dearen averaged 38-yards a punt and 15 of his punts were downed inside the 20 yard line.  He also had 28 kick-offs for touchbacks.

Tristan is proud that Dearen was able to be honored two years in a row, “I’ve said it before, but it’s true, nobody works as hard at their craft as Chadd does.  Winning the Special Teams Player of the Year award back-to-back is a real compliment to his consistency.”

The other three first team honorees are; sophomore offensive lineman Devon Petty , sophomore defensive lineman Matt Lighter and sophomore defensive back Carl Morgan.

Petty, a sophomore from Waco, Texas, is a first-time honoree.  Petty had 42 pancake blocks for the season.

Sophomore Matt Lighter had 50 tackles for the season.  14.5 of those tackles were for a loss.  He also had four sacks.  Lighter is from Katy, Texas.

Carl Morgan, a sophomore from Shreveport, Louisiana, had 32 tackles, five interceptions and 10 pass break-ups for the season.  He also returned two interceptions for touchdowns.

The CSFL Second-Team is as follows; sophomore quarterback CJ Collins , sophomore running back Ricky Bickham , junior offensive lineman Javier Lopez, sophomore wide receiver Toras Hill, senior tight end Caleb Shelly , junior defensive lineman Jamaal Fears , senior linebacker Jeremiah Maat, junior linebacker Ethan Eastwood and senior defensive back Deonte Morrison.

Those listed as honorable mention are as follows; senior tight end Tyler Jenkins , sophomore running back JP Lowery , junior wide receiver Chaz Moncriffe , freshman wide receiver Jeremy Carr, senior offensive lineman Derius Griffin , sophomore offensive lineman Devante McNeal, sophomore defensive lineman Paul Ellis , senior linebacker Trevor VanKempen , senior defensive back Shakeem Taylor and senior punter Chadd Dearen .

The Lions finished the season 8-3.  In the final game of the season, SAGU beat University of Northwestern in the NCCAA Victory Bowl.  This was the first time SAGU has been in a post-season game.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]

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