Lions look to close regular season with a win over 2-8 Nicholls State

Coming off of three consecutive conference losses, the Southeastern Lions look to close their season with a win over the 2-8 (2-6 in conference) Nicholls State Colonels.

The Lions will face the Colonels on Thursday at 6 PM in Strawberry Stadium.

Both Southeastern and Nicholls State come into this game looking to put a good ending on an otherwise difficult season. The Lions and Colonels are both coming off of close losses to Southland Conference opponents.

The Lions played well against Abilene Christian but could not keep them from scoring on 4th and goal on the last play of the game. The Lions played a solid game on offense, led by freshman running back Julius Maracalin’s 61 yards on the ground and junior quarterback D’Shaie Landor’s 156 yards and a touchdown through the air.

Similarly, the Colonels played well on offense in their close loss to Central Arkansas. Nicholls was led by a strong core of senior players including center Brandon Holmes, running back Michael Henry and quarterback Landry Klann.

Getting his chance to shine on senior night, Klann was not only the spark on the football field for the Colonels but also the feel good story of the night.

According to The Daily Comet, the sixth year senior has received two medical redshirts in what they call a career, “…filled with injury and disappointments.” The Daily Comet also quotes Klann on saying, “…we are just having more fun and that is the biggest thing. If you are not having fun, then all the work you put in isn’t worth it.” In his first home start since the final game of Nicholls’ 2012 season Klann had a career night, throwing for 368 yards and 4 TDs.

With only two wins on the season, Nicholls is looking for a win to give the team a positive end to Head Coach Tim Rebowe’s first season.

At 4-6 overall and 3-5 in conference the Lions have suffered a harsh reality check following the previous two seasons’ Southland Conference Championships.

In a Nov. 3 press conference Head Coach Ron Roberts chalked up their losing ways to an inconsistent passing game. Two weeks and two losses later and things have not changed much at all. Through ten games the Lions have thrown 7 touchdown passes and only gone over 200 yards passing twice, with the last time coming in a Nov. 17 loss to Stephen F. Austin.

The strength of SELU’s offense is their rushing attack led by senior running back Kody Sutton along with Maracalin and Landor. The Lions come into this game average 191 yards rushing per game, while Nicholls gives up an average of 250 yards rushing a game. This matchup favors the Lions heavily and the battle of SELU’s rushing attack vs. Nicholls defense could decide this matchup.

Southeastern has won the last four games against Nicholls, each by at least 17 points.

The Colonels last win over the Lions was in 2010, when they defeated Southeastern by a score of 27-25.

Since the two schools began playing every season in 2005 the series is tied at an even 5-5.

This story was created on November 16, 2015





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