Nov. 8, 2007
The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack football will hit the road for the final two games of the season. SFA will be in Conway, Ark., Saturday to face Central Arkansas. It will mark SFA's first trip to Conway in school history. The Bears (5-4/4-1 SLC) are one of the conference's hottest team's having won four-straight league games, but are coming off a 38-10 setback against South Dakota State last week. The 'Jacks are 0-9 overall and 0-5 in Southland Conference play after dropping a 49-20 decision to McNeese State on senior night. Saturday's game against the Bears is slated to kickoff 6 p.m., from Estes Stadium.
Saturday's game against Central Arakansas will mark only the second time in school history that SFA has face the Bears on the gridiron. Central Arkansas won last year's game by two points, 37-35.
The Lumberjacks entered the 2006 contest with an 0-3 record, but coming off and impressive outing in Tucson, Ariz., where they played Arizona close. SFA racked up more than 500 yards of total offense and quarterback Danny Southall completed 21 passes for 388 yards and three touchdowns. SFA took a double-digit lead into the intermission but the momentum would come to an end at halftime. After an hour delay due to severe thunderstorms in the area, UCA came out of the lockerroom to score 17 points in the third quarter. The Lumberjacks got the ball back, trailing by four points with little time left on the clock. SFA appeared to be driving for the game-winning score, but a turnover deep in UCA territory ended the drive and the threat.
Saturday's game will pit a Central Arkansas starting offensive line that averages 6-3, 292 pounds, against a young Lumberjack starting defensive line that averages 6-4, 248 pounds. The Lumberjacks' offensive line enters the game averaging 6-4, 300 pounds. The Bears' defensive line averages 6-3, 261 pounds.
Several Lumberjacks are leaving their mark on the SFA record books this season. Senior Louie Runnels passed three former Lumberjacks on the school's all-time rushing list with his 110-yard effort against McNeese State. He is currently sixth all-time at SFA with 2,115 yards. Senior quarterback Danny Southall completed nine passes against the Cowboys to become only the seventh Lumberjack to record 300 completions during a career. Junior wide receiver Dominique Edison hauled in two passes Saturday to give him 107 receptions for his career. He is currently one catch shy of moving onto the school's all-time top-10 list in that category.
The Lumberjacks will close out the 2007 season Saturday, Nov. 17, when they travel to Natchitoches, La., to take on Northwestern Sate. The game against the Demons is slated to begin at 2 p.m. from Turpin Stadium.