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Waxahachie, Texas—The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) football team lost its second game of the season to NCAA Division III foe East Texas Baptist University (ETBU), 59-17.  SAGU falls to 1-1 on the season.

ETBU was dominant from the outset scoring 21 points in the opening quarter and SAGU was never able to recover. CJ Collins 35-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Carr would put the Lions on the board for the first time with 14:22 left in the 2nd quarter.

 Tluang Hmung, the reigning Central States Football League (CSFL) Special Teams Player of the Week, hit a field goal with time expiring to cut the lead to 42-10 at halftime.

Senior running back, Ricky Bickham rushed for 100 yards on 18 carries with a long of 24 yards. JP Lowery rushed 19 times for 92 yards and a long of 17 yards. Junior quarterback CJ Collins completed 11 passes for 158 yards. Sophomore wide receiver Roderick Brown led the receiving core for SAGU with six catches going for 107 yards and 1 touchdown. Defensively, Coby Roach (sophomore) had seven tackles for the Lions, Jordan Hall (freshman), Matt Lighter (senior) and Matt Williams (senior) each had six tackles to lead the Lions.

Head Football coach Frank Tristan acknowledges ETBU is a great team and now the Lions know what needs to be worked on, “ETBU was definitely the better team. They were well prepared and we couldn’t get them out of their game plan. I was really proud of our guys for continuing to play the game with great intensity. When they play great teams, they expose your deficiencies and we need to make the corrections going into conference play.”

On Saturday, September 9, 2017, the Lions will begin Central States Football League.  SAGU will travel to Tyler, Texas to play Texas College. Game time is set for 2:00 PM.

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 www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.
 

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