SFA football team travels to play Lamar in Cardinals’ homecoming game

Sophomore quarterback Trae Self dives into the end zone for a touchdown during Saturday’s game against Nicholls State Univeristy. The Lumberjacks lost to the Colonels 48-30 for the first game of the conference schedule.

Following a 48-30 conference-opening loss to defending co champions Nicholls State, the Lumberjack football team will travel to face Lamar University in their homecoming game. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. on Saturday at Provost Umphrey Stadium in Beaumont.

Last week, the Cardinals lost 45-34 to Southeastern Louisiana in their Southland conference opener. The loss dropped LU’s record to 2-2 and extended their losing streak to two games.

Since 1951, The Jacks and Cardinals have played each other 41 times. The Cardinals hold a 24-17 lead in the series.

Lamar is led by third-year head coach Mike Schultz. In his second season, Schultz led the school to their first appearance in the FCS Playoffs after receiving an at-large berth with a 7-5 record, 6-3 SLC. The Cardinals lost in the first round to Northern Iowa 16-13.

The Cardinals’ offensive unit averages 31.2 points per game, and the rushing attack ranks third in the SLC with 200.8 yards per game. Leading the Cardinal offense is senior dual-threat quarterback Jordan Hoy. Named Co-SLC Newcomer of the Year a season ago, the Rockwall native is 63 of 120 on passing attempts for 837 yards with four touchdowns and three interceptions. On the ground, Hoy has 49 carries for 153 yards and six touchdowns.

Including Hoy, Lamar’s ground game features six players who have recorded double-digit carries. Junior running back Myles Wanza leads the run game with 231 yards on 49 carries and two touchdowns. The preseason All-SLC second teamer has also aided in the passing game by recording 12 receptions for 117 yards and a touchdown. A.J. Walker, a senior running back, has helped take the load off from Hoy and Wanza by accounting for 153 yards on 23 carries and a touchdown.

Junior wide receiver Kirkland Banks leads the receiving end with 16 receptions for 234 yards and averages 14.6 yards per catch. Junior and transfer wide receiver Carmoni Green, Wanza and senior and junior tight ends Case Robinson and Mason Sikes have each recorded over 100 receiving yards this season.

Lamar’s defense leads the SLC in pass defense by allowing 226.2 yards per game and ranks third in total defense by allowing 408.2 yards per game. Leading the way defensively is transfer linebacker Dallas Martin. He leads the team and ranks third in the SLC in total tackles with 40. The junior also has four tackles for a loss, a sack and a fumble recovery. Adding to the mix for the linebackers are seniors Isaiah Spencer, Mark Meynisse and junior David Crosley.

Lamar’s defensive front is highlighted by senior defensive end Daniel CrosleyThe Louisiana native has recorded 16 tackles this season with six being for a loss. Crosley also has two sacks and a forced fumble. He is aided up front by senior defensive tackles Darien Wilson, James Jeffrey and junior defensive end Cameron Houston.

The catalyst of Lamar’s pass defense is junior defensive back Michael Lawson leading with two interceptions for the Cardinals. The junior college transfer has made 24 tackles and three tackles for a loss. Andre Mulinax, Kyron Norwood, Cameron Hayes and Steven Jones are only a few members of the Cardinal secondary team who have already recorded double figures in

tackles.

The game will be televised on ESPN+ and can be heard on the radio on Q107.7.

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