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Waxahachie, Texas—October 28, 2017- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) Lions football team defeated Lyon College 28-13 on Saturday afternoon at Lumpkins Stadium. The Lions move to 7-1 overall and 6-0 in the Central States Football League (CSFL). They remain tied for first place in CSFL standings with next week’s opponent, Langston University.

The first quarter was a defensive struggle between the Lions and the Scots. Lyon was able to get on the scoreboard first with a 38-yard field goal by Ignacio Gomez. SAGU would respond early in the second quarter on an 11-yard touchdown run by senior running back JP Lowery. Tluang Hmung’s point after touchdown was good and gave SAGU the lead 7-3 with 13 minutes remaining in the first half.

Lyon would convert a 36-yard field goal to round out the scoring for both teams and bring the Scots within one point of the Lyons at the half (7-6).

The Lions were dominant on both sides of the ball in the 3rd quarter, scoring 14 points while holding the Scots to zero. CJ Collins connected with junior wide receiver Sam Northey for a nine yard touchdown reception.  JP Lowery found the end zone again, this time in the form of a 26-yard rushing touchdown. SAGU would enter the fourth quarter with a 21-6 lead.

Lyon responded in the early minutes of the fourth quarter with a score of their own when Titus Nelson ran the ball in four yards for a touchdown to pull within 21-13. SAGU drove the ball 64 yards in 10 plays and Justin Allen finished the drive with a five yard run to give SAGU the 28-13 lead.

Defensively, SAGU was led by Coby Roach and Adrien Estrada with eight tackles. Jordan Hall, Darnell Martin, Matt Williams and Landon Jones all had five tackles for the Lions. Carl Morgan had one interception for the Lions defense with 4:30 left in the game.

Offensively, CJ Collins passed for 188 yards and completed 22 of 34 passes. Justin Allen had a big day for Lions both running and receiving. Allen had seven receptions that went for 47 yards and rushed 38 yards on five carries and one touchdown. Senior running back Ricky Bickham carried the ball ten times and garnered 74 yards. JP Lowery rushed 49 yards and had two touchdowns for SAGU.

Head Coach Frank Tristan was impressed with Lyon and their ability to control the tempo of the game but was happy with his team’s effort. Coach Tristan said, “Lyon did a good job of slowing the game down and getting us out of rhythm. I was really proud of our guys responding. It was a dog fight and our guys stayed in it for four quarters.”

SAGU will host #7 Langston University next Saturday, November 4th at Lumpkins Stadium at 2:00 PM. Both teams are undefeated in the CSFL and tied for the top spot.

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: Charity Page, Assistant SID, charitylpage@lionmail.sagu.edu

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