Southeastern’s football team played against Nicholls State University in the River Bell Classic last Thursday night. This was the last game of the season and senior night for Southeastern’s football team. The game was important for both teams because not only is it a rivalry game, but the River Bell Classic Trophy was also on the line.
This is a very exciting game for students, since it is a rivalry game. There was not much of a crowd in the student section at the start of the game, but as the game went on the student section began to fill up. Autumn Brown Junior Athletic Training major said at Southeastern,
“I always look forward to the Southeastern vs. Nicholls game because it is a rivalry game and the student section is always fun at this game.”
Southeastern’s football team scored the first touchdown in the game a few minutes into the first quarter.
In the second quarter Southeastern scored a touchdown and a field goal. Southeastern was leading the game 17-3 by halftime.
Students in the section began to make jokes at some of the Nicholls players on the sideline. Linda Bailey a Sophomore Family and Consumer Science major at Southeastern said,
“It is entertaining watching students in the section make jokes at the opposing team as long as the jokes do not go too far.”
Nicholls would tie the game 17-17 with a six-yard run for a touch down in the third quarter. Students from Southeastern began to worry as Nicholls gained momentum in the game. Kianna Lynche Sophomore Social Work major at Southeastern said,
“I’m getting nervous for our team. This is a very important game for us and I want us to win.”
Nicholls was off to a good fourth quarter with a two-yard run to score a touchdown and extra point; this would have them leading the game 24-17.
As the fourth quarter progressed it seemed like Nicholls would win the game, but Southeastern scored a touchdown and extra point with only 59 seconds left on the clock. This would leave the game tied until Nicholls kicked a 40- yard field goal with only three seconds left on the clock to win the game 27-24.
This was an emotional loss not only because they were giving up the River Bell trophy, but this was the last home game for the seniors on the football team. Kenya Madison a Junior Business Major at Southeastern said,
“I was hurt, and I wanted to cry especially when I saw the senior football players on the field crying.”