BEAUMONT, Texas -
The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks scored 20 points in a 1:11 timeframe during the first quarter and cruised to a 69-10 victory over Lamar Saturday evening in Beaumont, Texas. The victory extends SFA's win streak to three, and moves SFA to 4-5 on the season, and 3-2 in Southland Conference play.
"I felt we played well in all three phases of the game," said head coach J.C. Harper. "You really have to give credit to our seniors. After starting 1-5 they could have packed it in, but they never quit on this season. The credit goes to them."
Fans barely had time to get settled in their seats at Provost Umphrey Stadium before the fireworks between SFA and Lamar began. The Lumberjacks jumped out to a 20-7 lead, and the two teams combined for four touchdowns in 1:26 time span in the first quarter.
SFA cracked the scoreboard first when sophomore Brady Attaway capped an 11-play, 79-yard drive that ended with a scoring strike to junior Cordell Roberson. Classmate Jordan Aubrey forced a fumble on the ensuing kickoff, and SFA recovered on the Cardinals' 23-yard line. Sophomore Keith Lawson took the handoff on the next play and carried it 23 yards for the score.
With the 'Jacks' offense and special team setting up scores, it was time for the SFA defense to get into the act. Beaumont, Texas, native, Ben Wells picked off Doug Prewitt's next pass and returned it 40 yards for a touchdown. The interception, which was Wells' first of the season, marked the fourth time this season that a Lumberjack has returned an interception for a touchdown.
Lamar dented the scoreboard on the following possession. After a personal foul on the kick return moved the ball to the SFA 40, Prewitt found Kevin Smith down the middle of the field for a 40-yard touchdown. SFA closed out the half with a flurry adding a fumble return by Aubrey, and touchdown passes to Gralyn Crawford, Marquis Mosley, Brandon Scott and Calib Hadnot to take a 55-7 lead into the locker room.
Attaway guided an offense that recorded 543 yards of total offense. He completed 24 passes for 359 yards and five touchdowns. Crawford hauled in six passes for 122 yards, while Roberson caught four passes for 85 yards and two scores. The 'Jacks rushed for 166 yards eclipsing the 100-yard mark for a second consecutive week.
The SFA defense held Lamar to 173 yards of total offense, and only 40 yards rushing. SFA recorded nine sacks for a second consecutive week.
The Lumberjacks return to action Saturday when they return home to host Southeastern Louisiana. The game against the Lions is slated to begin at 6 p.m., from Homer Bryce Stadium. SFA will recognize the 2011 senior class prior to kickoff.