by Derek Sarvis, KNWD Sports Broadcaster
The Northwestern State Demons football team suffered their second straight to open the season. This time, at the hands of the Lions of Southeastern Louisiana University. The game ended in a score of 24-27. After the loss, the Demons sit at 10th place in the Southland Conference.
Like their first game, the Demons struggled to move the ball through the air, with their two quarterbacks combining for 148 yards passing, 0 touchdowns, and 1 interception. All wasn’t bad on the offensive end, however, as they had success running the ball. They had three players with at least 12 carries and at least 59 yards and rushed for 249 yards as a team.
The Demons defense didn’t impress in this game either, surrendering almost 500 yards of offense to the Lions. In this game, the Demons once again struggled defensively on 3rd down, allowing the Lions to convert 8-of-13 attempts. This is a pattern that has now plagued this defense over their first two games, as they just can’t seem to get defensive stops on the most important downs. This is an area that they will need to improve if they hope to have a successful season.
This was another close game played by the Demons, but once again they were unable to come out on top. The two glaring issues for this team are their inability to consistently pass the ball, and their inability to get opposing offenses off the field on late downs. There is also reason to be optimistic, however, as the team has been able to run the ball effectively over their first two games of the season. The Demons will look to get back on track for homecoming weekend against McNeese State when the Demons host the Cowboys on March 20th at 4:00 p.m.