Sept. 8, 2000
Lumberjack head coach Mike Santiago hopes to see a full stadium Saturday night as his team plays host to the Lions of Texas A&M-Commerce in the annual Parent's Day game on the SFA campus.
Santiago said that his team has enjoyed a good week of practice in preparation for the Lions, and hopes to see his team eliminate some of the mistakes that were committed during last week's 38-31 win over Central Oklahoma in overtime.
"We made a number of mistakes last week, but they were mistakes that can be corrected. Throughout the game we had a few assignment breakdowns, both offensively and defensively, but those are things that can be corrected," said Santiago.
The second year head coach also said that he hopes to see his team eliminate the turnovers that allowed Central Oklahoma to come back from a 21-3 deficit early in the third quarter.
"The turnovers allowed Central Oklahoma to get right back in the game. Last year, we really took care of the football, committing only thirteen turnovers, but last Thursday night the turnovers really changed the complexion of the game."
Junior quarterback Wes Pate injured his knee inside the final two minutes of regulation, and will not play this week against the Lions. The preseason First Team All-Southland Football League selection is expected to return to action by the October 7 SFL opener with McNeese State.
Santiago said that senior Travis Fallon will start in place of the injured Pate. "Fallon has had a good week of work. We will continue to do the things we want to do offensively with Travis at quarterback. Fallon probably runs the option a little better than Wes, so you may see a little more of that this week," said Santiago.
Santiago also said that he hopes to see a large crowd on hand for the game. "We could really use the fan support this week. The weather should be nice, it won't be nearly as hot as it was a week ago, so I hope that we have a big crowd on hand for the game. It will be the last time, until the homecoming game on October 14, for the fans to see us at home. I hope everyone comes out early to the Alley, then comes to the game, it should be a good one."
SFA and Texas A&M-Commerce kick off at 7:00 p.m. Saturday night. Tickets will be available at the SFA ticket office beginning about 5:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon. For more information on tickets, call 468-JACK, 468-5225.