Last night, Southeastern traveled to Texas for a matchup with Texas A&M – Commerce, in a battle of the Lions. The game was never really in doubt for SLU, as they took a 38-7 lead into halftime, and won 52-14 in dominating fashion en route to their third straight win, and to improve to 3-3 in Southland Conference play, 3-7 overall.
SLU was able to score twice in the first quarter, on a Zachary Clement pass to Jacob Logan, and then on a six-yard rush by Harlan Dixon. The SLU defense stood tall, shutting out TAMUC’s offense in the 1st. Coryell Pierce also intercepted a pass in the quarter, in between the two scoring drives.
Early in the second quarter, Donte’ Daniels was able to make an athletic interception, and set the SLU offense in prime position to score.
Harlan Dixon didn’t waste any time scoring again, as he scampered for a 60-yard rushing touchdown in the second quarter.
A little more than halfway into the 2nd, Dixon took just his fourth carry of the game and scored for the third time, this touchdown being from sixteen yards out.
Josh Randall recorded a strip sack on the first play of the ensuing TAMUC drive, and the offense of SLU was in prime position to score once again. They did, as Clement ran it in from just a yard out.
The third quarter saw two scoring plays: both rushes by Bauer Sharp, of two and four yards. Backup quarterback Jahrik Jones was able to score once for TAMUC in the 4th, and the final score of this ballgame was 52-14, SLU.
Zachary Clement played nearly the entire game for SLU, completing 16/25 passes for 160 yards and a touchdown, while also adding 78 rushing yards and another score on 13 attempts. Eli Sawyer came into the game late, competing 2/6 passes for 30 yards.
Harlan Dixon led the way on the ground. He only recorded 7 carries, but for 91 yards and three touchdowns. Deantre Jackson and Rodeo Graham Jr. saw the majority of the workload in the second half, with Jackson carrying the ball 9 times for 43 yards, and Graham 8 times for 20 yards. Bauer Sharp rushed 4 times for just 6 yards, but two touchdowns as well, and caught a pair of passes for 12 yards.
Dixon added to his already impressive day by leading SLU in catches, with 6, and receiving yards, with 73. Darius Lewis caught 5 for 41 yards, and nobody else on the team recorded anything notable receiving-wise, except for Logan’s first-quarter touchdown.
SLU’s defense had an amazing day, as Victor Tademy, Donte’ Daniels, Blayne Delahoussaye, and Coryell Pierce all recorded interceptions. Shemar Pearl recovered a fumble, and Herman Christophe IV, Kaleb Proctor, Rowan Briggs, Tyrik Mitchell, and Scrapp Lee-Collins all recorded a sack each, with Josh Randall recording two. Rodney Sopsher led the team with 7 tackles.
For the TAMUC squad, their leading passer was Josh Magana, who went 6/13 for 128 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. The starter for this contest, Mirko Martos, completed 2/6 passes for 6 yards and two interceptions before being pulled.
Southeastern returns home for their final matchup of the season, against Nicholls, in the annual River Bell Classic. TAMUC’s season is over, as next weeks finale against Northwestern State was cancelled, as the Demons cancelled the rest of their 2023 season.