No.13 Southeast (7-2, 5-1 SLC) vs. Northwestern State (2-7, 2-4 SLC)
November 13, 2021 | 6 p.m. Strawberry Stadium | Hammond, La.
Series history: SLU leads 36-29
Last meeting: No. 9 SLU 51, Northwestern State 14 (October 23, 2021 | Natchitoches, Louisiana)
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HAMMOND, Louisiana – The University of Southeast Louisiana No.13 football team will return home to host the Northwestern State for a Southland Conference contest at 6 p.m. Saturday at Strawberry Stadium.
The game between the Lions (7-1, 5-1 Southland) and the Visiting Demons (2-7, 2-4 Southland) will be televised on ESPN3 and can be heard in the Hammond area on Kajun 107.1 FM, The Highway 104.7 FM and The Boss 103.7 FM / 1400 AM, as well as online at www.kajun107.net.
Saturday’s competition will also be the Hall of Fame game. The 2020 class of Matt Carvell (golf), Maiya Cooper (soccer), Brock Hebert (baseball) and Adonson Shallow (athletics), as well as the 2021 class of Jameson Fisher (baseball), Harry Nunez (soccer) and Renee Villarreal (tennis ) will be inducted in a private ceremony before the match and recognized at half-time.
Saturday’s game is also a White Out. Fans are encouraged to wear white to help White Out Strawberry Stadium.
The Lions enter the final two games of the regular season with two wins or one win and one loss from the UIW to claim a share of the Southland Conference Championship.
Southeastern saw their six-game winning streak interrupted last Saturday, as the UIW No.22 handed the Lions a 55-52 loss in a shootout that saw the two teams combine for nearly 1,500 yards of total attack. Before last Saturday, nine FCS quarterbacks had already pitched for 600 yards or more in a game. SLU Cole kelley UIW (647) and Cameron Ward (610) both topped the mark in Saturday’s crazy affair in San Antonio.
Kelley completed 50 of 68 passes at the UIW and had three touchdowns, while rushing for 50 yards and three other scores. Kelley’s totals for total offense (697, 2nd), passing yards (4th) and completed passes (5th) were all some of the best performances in FCS history.
Kelley’s main targets on Saturday were Austin mitchell (nine catches, 169 yards, one touchdown), Gage Larvadain (12-115-1 DT) and Nolan givan (9-87-1 DT). Mitchell’s yardage tally was the ninth-highest in program history and helped the Plaquemine, Louisiana native take SLU’s new career yardage record with 2,831 yards.
The Lion offense leads the FCS with 575.9 yards per game, while also being second nationally with 47.8 points per game. The only FCS player ranked in the national top five for passing and rushing touchdowns, Kelley completed 284 passes for 386 for 3,634 yards, 31 touchdowns and six interceptions, while rushing for 12 scores. The reigning Walter Payton Award winner leads the FCS in passing yards, completion percentage (73.2), total offense (447.1 yards per game) and points responsible for (260) .
Protected by a consistently excellent offensive line, Kelley had plenty of time to get the ball back into the hands of his playmakers. Mitchell leads the team with 53 catches, 866 yards and eight touchdowns. His total receiving yards ranks him ninth in the FCS.
Givan (40 catches, 378 yards, three touchdowns), CJ Turner (27-464-5 TD), Larvadain (23-373-4 TD) and Taron jones (21-193) round out the top five receptions for SLU. Nick kovacs (three touchdowns), Tim Wilson Jr. (2 DT), Damien dawson (2 DT), Ivan Drobocky (2 DT) and Cephus Johnson III (2 TD) each have several touchdown receptions this season. Jones is second on the team with five rushing touchdowns.
Opponents are averaging 31.0 points and 429.2 yards per game against the Lions. Alexis ramos leads SLU with 51 tackles, followed by Alphonse taylor (45), Herman Christophe (37), Donniel Ward-Magee (31), Brandon barbee (28) and Jack Henderson (28).
The Lions rank third nationally with 14 interceptions this season. Zy Alexandre intercepted passes in three straight games, leading the Southland Conference with five picks – good for fifth in FCS. Taylor and Justin dumas each have two interceptions, while Barbee, Henderson, Justin douglas, Ferlando Jordan and Terrell Carter have one each.
On special teams, Larvadain is sixth nationally with 29.6 yards per kickoff return. Austin Dunlap’s 44.9 punt average would be good for eighth place in the FCS if he had enough punt attempts to qualify for the national standings. Mateo rengifo has scored 7 of 9 field goals this season.
Northwestern State ended a three-game losing streak on Saturday with a 28-24 victory over HBU in Natchitoches. The Demons outscored the Huskies, 22-7, in the fourth quarter to complete the visitors’ season sweep.
The Demons are averaging 18.0 points and 363.4 yards per game heading into Saturday’s game. Zachary Clement took over at quarterback, throwing for 647 yards, three touchdowns and four interceptions on 72 passes for 130, while rushing for a team-high seven touchdowns. Clement’s primary receiving targets are Jay Griffin IV (41 catches, 467 yards, four TDs), Kendrick Price Jr. (22-337-2 TD) and Gavin Landry (28-245).
Defensively, the opponents are averaging 33.2 points and 442.0 yards per game against NSU. Southland’s reigning defensive player of the week, Jomard Valsin leads the Demons with 61 tackles and nine tackles for a loss, while Race Moser has a team record 6.5 sacks. PJ Herrington and Shemar Bartholomew each have two interceptions, while Jared Pedraza collected three fumbles.
Southeastern leads the all-time streak with the Demons, 36-29. The Lions have won the last 10 games, including a 51-14 victory over Northwestern State in Natchitoches on Oct. 23.
Southeastern will close the regular season by hosting Nicholls next Thursday at 6 p.m. at Strawberry Stadium. The River Bell Classic will be televised on ESPN + and can be heard in the Hammond area on Kajun 107.1 FM, The Highway 104.7 FM and The Boss 103.7 FM / 1400 AM, as well as online at www.kajun107.net.
Ahead of the game against the Colonels, Southeastern will honor its senior class at a special Senior Day ceremony.
For more information on tickets, contact the Southeastern Athletics box office at (985) 549-5466 or visit www.LionSports.net. Southeastern will continue to offer mobile ticketing as the primary source for obtaining tickets for the 2021-22 season. All tickets will be available via email or text in PDF format for fans to download to their phones or print at home. Tickets can also be downloaded from Apple Wallet.
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CLUB / S TOUCHDOWN CLUB
Fans interested in becoming active supporters of the football program are encouraged to join the Touchdown Club. Former Lion football players are encouraged to join the exclusive Club S, which is reserved for South East athletics letter winners.
All Touchdown Club and S Club (football) membership fees and donations are available for the exclusive use of the South East Football Program. Membership information is available by contacting the Lion Athletics Association at [email protected] or (985) 549-5091 or by visiting www.LionUp.com.
TRANSPARENT BAG POLICY
Southeastern Athletics has instituted a clear bag policy for all paid events, starting at the start of the 2018 football season. For more information on the clear bag policy, visit www.LionSports.net/clear.