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Muskogee, Ok – October 30, 2016 – The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) football team picked up their first win in the Central States Football League (CSFL) after a victory over Bacone College 51-26.  SAGU is now 3-6 overall and Bacone is 2-7.

With the win, two defensive records have been reset.  Senior linebacker Ethan Eastwood and junior defensive back Carl Morgan have made it into the SAGU record books.  For head coach Frank Tristan, that has been a bright spot in the season, “Throughout the ups and downs of this season, throughout maybe some disappointment, Carl and Ethan both have played at a high level each and every game.  Despite not having the amount of wins as we expected, these individual efforts goes to show what type of talent we have here.”

SAGU was able to dominate much of the first half and scored on their first three possessions of the game.  The first score was on the first drive when senior kicker Chadd Dearen kicked a 35 yard field goal to make the score 3-0.

On the Lions next possession, Bickham had a 53 yard run to score a touchdown.  The Lions went ahead 9-0.

For SAGU’s third possession, Bickham started it off with a 39 yard run before being tackled by Bacone’s Erik King.  Ultimately, Lowery was able to score off of a three-yard run into the endzone.  At the end of the first the score was 16-0.

Bacone scored their first touchdown at the beginning of the second half after a 21 yard touchdown pass from Trey Seward to Travis Cwiklinski.

At one point in the third quarter, SAGU was leading 30-6 after a quarterback keep by Romeo Balboa.

Mid-way through the third quarter, junior defensive back Carl Morgan intercepted Bacone and ran back 13-yards for a SAGU touchdown.  With that interception, Morgan broke a school record for interceptions in a career with 14.

Statistically this was the strongest of games for SAGU.  The Lions had 554 yards of total offense. Quarterback Romeo Balboa went 9 for 19 for 116 yards and zero interceptions. SAGU’s dynamic duo of running backs Ricky Bickham and JP Lowery combined for 315 yards on the ground.  Bickham had 15 carries for 170 yards and two touchdowns while JP Lowery had 18 carried for 145 yards and two touchdowns.  Xavier Pittman had three receptions for 27 yards.  Jeremy Carr had two receptions for 22 yards.  Bryant Dotson had one reception for 35 yards.

For the defense, SAGU’s Ethan Eastwood came through in a big way setting a school record of his own.  With 16 tackles, he now holds SAGU’s most tackles in a career with 339 and counting. Eastwood also had 2.5 tackles for a loss.  LeDarius Osborne added six tackles.

The Lions have one more game and it will be played at home.  SAGU will host Texas College (0-8) for senior day on Saturday, November 5, 2016.  Game time is at 2pm.

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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