GAME NOTES: SFA vs. Northwestern State
Nov. 15, 2012
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - SFA CLOSES SEASON WITH ANNUAL BATTLE FOR CHIEF CADDO: The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks (4-6/3-3 SLC) look to close out the year with a victory, and keep Chief Caddo. Coming off a 42-27 loss at Southeastern Louisiana, the 'Jacks have split their last six games. Northwestern State (4-6/2-4 SLC) enters the week looking to end a two-game slide. The Demons have dropped three of their last four, and are coming off a 52-17 setback against to No. 9 Sam Houston State. Saturday's game is slated to kickoff at 3 p.m. from Homer Bryce Stadium, and will be televised on the Southland Television Network (KCEB-TV).
SFA vs. THE DEMONS: The Lumberjacks trail the all-time series 42-23-3 (.640) to Northwestern State, but the Lumberjacks have found a great deal of success in the series lately. The Lumberjacks have won three straight, and four of the past six meetings, including a 33-0 victory last season in Natchitoches. SFA is 7-14 (.333) against the Demons in Nacogdoches dating back to the 1970 season. A win Saturday for the Lumberjacks would equal the longest streak of consecuvtive wins against Northwestern State in program history (1983-86).
BATTLE OF CHIEF CADDO: At seven feet, six inches tall, and weighing more than 320 pounds, Chief Caddo is the largest of the traveling trophies in college football. The two schools have played for Chief Caddo since the 1961 season. The Demons hold a 28-17-1 (.620) advantage since Chief Caddo was added to the rivalry.
SAYING GOOD-BYE TO THE SENIORS: Saturday's game will be the final game for 14 seniors. The Class of 2012 recorded 30 wins, two Southland Conference titles and three winning seasons during its time in Nacogdoches.
HOME SWEET HOME: SFA has made Homer Bryce Stadium one of the touchest places to play for conference teams over the course of the past three seasons. SFA is 12-1 (.923) in SLC games at home since 2010.
MISSING THE 500 MARK: SFA recorded 380 yards of total offense at Southeastern Louisiana, ending a streak of four consecutive game of at least 500 yards. It also marked the first time SFA was out gained by an opponent in 2012.
MISSED OPPORTUNITY: The Lumberjacks loss at Southeastern Louisiana guaranteed SFA of a below .500 record. The 2012 season is the first time in the past four years SFA will not record a winning season.
THE COACHES: J.C. Harper became the 18th head coach of the SFA Lumberjack football team in December 2006. A two-time SLC Coach of the Year, Harper has guided SFA to two conference titles and NCAA playoff appearances. SFA is 33-36 (.478) in his sixth season in Nacogdoches. Bradley Dale Peveto is 14-29 (.326) in his fourth season with Northwestern State.