After a disappointing 2-9 effort last year, fans are excited to see what the 2010-11 season brings for the Southeastern Lions football team.
Despite the losing record, the Lions were extremely competitive throughout the 2010 season. Six of the nine losses came down to seven points or less, a trend fans know can easily be reversed.
“They had a lot of close games last year,” Southeastern alumnus Durwin McManus said. “A few plays here and there and you’re looking at a winning season.”
McManus pointed to a Louisiana school who has had success in close games, the Louisiana State Tigers. The Tigers were involved in seven games decided by seven points or less, but came out with a 6-1 record in those contests.
“Just look at LSU,” McManus said. “They’ve had their fair share of close games the past few seasons. We’ve just got to find a way to get on the winning end of them. This is a good team. They’ll get there.”
Students are also eager for the start of the season. Senior Andrew Finch enjoys the full gameday experience.
“I just look forward to watching football again,” said Finch. “Tailgating before the game and then going for to the game a few hours is a nice break from the school week.”
When asked what he would do to encourage students to attend, Finch pointed to the free admission for students.
“Why wouldn’t you go?” Finch responded. “You get in for free. Everyone should come and support the team.”
The Lions open the season with a road trip to Tulane on Saturday. The home opener is scheduled for Sept. 10th against Savannah State.