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August 31, 2019

Waxahachie, TX – Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) Lions football started the season Saturday evening against the Tabor College

SAGU Senior Defensive End Jordaan Coleman

Bluejays in a 7:00 pm game in Waxahachie, TX. SAGU lost to the Bluejays 40-20 to drop to 0-1 on the season.

Lion Review

  • SAGU fell behind in the first quarter 7-0 when, on the second SAGU offensive drive, starting quarterback Romeo Balboa’s (SR/Grand Prairie, TX) pass was intercepted and ran back for a touchdown with 8:39 to go in the quarter.
  • The Bluejays second touchdown came on a one play drive that covered 22 yards following a 7 yard punt from the Lions 15 yard line.
  • SAGU’s first score came Jaylan Moss (SO/Waco, TX) collected one of his two picks on the night and returned it 58 yards for a touchdown making the score 14-7.
  • The second quarter was a scoreless affair until Tabor converted a field goal attempt with 0:27 seconds left before the half for a 17-7 lead. SAGU’s best chance to score dissipated when the snap sailed over the kickers head on a field goal try with 6:48 left in the half.
  • At the half the two teams had combined for 75 yards of offense and 5 turnovers.
  • With 9:46 to go in the third quarter SAGU’s Tluang Hmung (JR/Lewisville, TX) hit a 48 yard field goal to bring the Lions within a touchdown at 17-10.
  • Tabor answered the next possession on a 1-play, 75 yard touchdown pass to push the lead to 24-10.
  • SAGU would make the game 24-13 on the following possession when Hmung hit his second field goal from 37 yards away.
  • After a defensive three-and-out the Lions Randy Gober (JR/Waco, TX) scored on a 6 yard run. The extra point by Hmung made the score 24-20 Tabor heading into the fourth quarter.
  • In the fourth quarter the wheels came off for the Lions as Tabor scored on a 51 yard drive, a safety, and the ensuing kickoff return to make the score 40-20.
  • The final score undermined the performance of the SAGU defense who held Tabor to 248 yards of offense including 103 yards rushing on 50 carries.
  • The defensive star of the game was Jordaan Coleman (SR/Red Oak, TX) who finished the night with four sacks and five tackles for loss. Coleman missed the season last year and made an immediate impact on the defensive line.

Coach Smith Says

“Early season games usually come down to five plays. Unfortunately, all five of the plays went against us tonight which was the difference. I am very proud of our defense and proud of all our guys and the way they battled. Seasons of growth require growing pains. How we respond as coaches and as a team will determine a lot about our season. We are excited to get back to work.”

The Next Step

SAGU will play again on September 14 th in Waxahachie at 6:00 pm when they take on the Austin College Kangaroos in their final non-conference game.

As a leading Christian university, SAGU educates and prepares individuals who want to serve Christ and others. SAGU helps students discover and develop their God-given callings in a Spirit-empowered, learning community.

We believe in affordable tuition, made possible in part through the financial support of donors who embrace the mission of SAGU and the importance of affordable, accredited programs to train Christians for leadership in ministry, business, education, and service.

Most majors are available in-person in Waxahachie, TX, and online through a wide range of associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees.

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