Lumberjacks Fall In SLC Opener
Oct. 12, 2013
HAMMOND, La. – A high-powered Southeastern Louisiana offense proved to be too much for the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack football team as they fell 56-14 in the Southland Conference opener for both teams Saturday night at Strawberry Stadium.
Junior running back Gus Johnson headlined an SFA (3-3, 0-1 SLC) offense that was held to 315 total yards on the night. The Gilmer, Texas, native, recorded 106 yards on the ground on 21 carries and added 16 yards on one reception. The 100-plus yard rushing performance is the fifth of the season for Johnson, as he has eclipsed the three-figure mark in all but one game. Freshman Joshawa West added 62 yards of his own on 11 carries.
Senior quarterback Brady Attaway completed 15-of-34 passes for 139 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. Attaway’s lone touchdown came in the third quarter on a three-yard reception to Braxton Bearden, one of three receptions for the junior wide receiver.
The Lions set the tone early, scoring on five plays over 1:49 to take a 7-0 lead. SELU quarterback Bryan Bennett recorded his seventh rushing touchdown of the season on a 53-yard breakaway from midfield.
The Lions limited SFA’s opening drive to 11 seconds, intercepting Attaway on the ‘Jacks’ first play from scrimmage, before driving down field to take a 14-0 advantage.
SFA would amend for the early turnover and cut the deficit in half, on a three-yard touchdown run from Johnson to cap off a 15-play drive with 6:30 left in the first quarter.
However, SELU scored 35 unanswered points before the ‘Jacks scored their final touchdown of the game on a three-yard touchdown pass from Attaway to Bearden at the 9:47 mark in the third quarter.
The Lions would add one more score before arriving at the 56-14 final.
SFA will return to Nacogdoches, hosting Nicholls State, for its league opener Oct. 19 at 3:00 p.m.