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Plainview, Texas – October 15, 2016- It was like a flashback to the three previous games for the Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) football team.  The Lions lost to Wayland Baptist University 24-14.  Saturday’s loss marks three weeks in a row that the Lions either had the lead at halftime or were tied, and ended up losing.

Head coach Frank Tristan realizes the second half trend, “Once again we gave great effort, but we just can’t make the big play when it matters most.  We need guys to step up in the second half to seal the deal and we haven’t gotten that.  Penalties and turnovers killed us against Wayland.”

The first quarter, and the first half for that matter, ended in SAGU’s favor.  They were the first to score after a 98-yard drive that was capped off by a nine-yard pass to Chaz Moncriffe from quarterback Lincoln Kenitzer.

SAGU was able to score again with 9:08 left in the second quarter when SAGU quarterback Romeo Balboa connected with Bryant Dotson on a 24-yard touchdown pass.

On WBU’s next possession, the Lions were able to hold the Pioneers to a 25-yard field goal attempt.  The field goal was blocked and recovered by SAGU’s Brandon Jernigan.

At the end of the first half, SAGU was in the lead 14-0.

The Pioneers came out in the second half ready to play.  With four minutes left in the third quarter, WBU’s De’Sean Johnson had a three-yard touchdown run to make the score 14-7.

To begin the fourth quarter, WBU was fourth and one at the SAGU two-yard line.  The Lions were able to force the Pioneers to make a 19-yard field goal attempt that was good.  That made the score 14-10 at the beginning of the fourth.

From that point on, the momentum swung strongly in WBU’s favor.  They were able to pick off three interceptions and score two more times.

For SAGU’s defense, Ethan Eastwood had 19 tackles to lead the Lions.  LeDarius Osborne added eight tackles and Cody Page had seven tackles.

Lincoln Kenitzer was 28-for-42 passing for 274 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions.  Romeo Balboa went three –for-five with one touchdown.   Running back Ricky Bickham 10 carries for 52 yards.  JP Lowery had 12 carries for 30 yards.

WBU’s Alden Mann had 22 tackles for the Pioneers.  Quarterback Mitchell Parsley went 17 for 31  while pass for 266 yards.

WBU is enjoying their best start since their program restarted in 2012.  They are now 5-1 overall and 2-0 in the Central States Football League.  SAGU is 2-5 overall and 0-3 in the CSFL.

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.
Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, ntristan@sagu.edu

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