Aug. 19, 2000
NACOGDOCHES, Texas -- The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack football team breezed through a 90-play scrimmage Saturday night under the lights in Homer Bryce Stadium without any major injuries. As the August 31 opener approaches, the SFA coaching staff was probably as pleased with that development as with the play on the field.
Five SFA quarterbacks combined for a 23 of 44 passing night for 320 yards, with two touchdowns and two interceptions on the night. Wes Pate, a junior from Arp, connected with Tyler Lee sophomore Anthony Dingle from 27-yards out for the first score of the night, then later connected with Houston senior Scott Keys for a 65-yard touchdown.
"I thought our offensive unit did some good things. I think we relied a little bit too much on the big play, I would have liked to see a few more sustained drives tonight, but overall I was pleased with the way we got the ball in the end zone," said head coach Mike Santiago.
"Our offensive line is going to have to get better in protecting the quarterback, but you also have to give our defensive unit a lot of credit for keeping pressure on our quarterbacks all night long," added Santiago. "Defensively we did a pretty good job overall, but again, I think we gave up too many big plays, especially in third and long situations."
The defensive unit was credited with four sacks on the night, and several more hurries. Two true freshmen, LeAlfred Sanders and Ed Henson each recorded a sack on the night.
The offensive unit also rolled up 104 yards on 29 carries with senior tailback Derrick Blaylock leading the way with 10 carries for 61 yards. Baytown freshman Gary Allen also had three carries for 26 yards on the night.
Santiago said that overall he was pleased with where the team is, but was somewhat concerned by the 12 penalties assessed against the Lumberjacks during the scrimmage.
"That's one thing we will have to work on and eliminate. We can't make those mistakes and give our opponents an edge. We must work harder on our assignments and stop beating ourselves,"?added the coach.
The `Jacks will take Sunday off before returning for practice Monday morning with team meetings beginning at 8:00 a.m. and practice at 9:00. Two-a-days will conclude with two more practices on Tuesday before classes begin Wednesday at the university.
Tuesday evening at 6:30, the team will meet with members of the public at the annual "Meet the Lumberjacks" night at the Fredonia Hotel and Convention Center.