Head coach Frank Scelfo has a nice team returning from the one that put up huge offensive numbers in 2019 and got into the playoffs before getting hit by Montana for 73 in the season-ending loss.
The passing game that finished second in the FCS two years ago has former Arkansas QB Cole Kelley – an interesting 6-7, 260-pound bomber – ready to take over in a full-time role, and he has a loaded group of receivers to work with.
The group that finished No. 1 in the FCS in 2019 in tackles for loss, No. 2 in sacks and eighth in scoring defense doesn’t get everyone back, but it’s got the defensive line combination of Jevon Leon and Trace Mascorro that should live in the backfield – they combined for 13.5 sacks and 31.5 tackles for loss two years ago. They’re working around brick wall defensive tackles Joseph Wallace for a run D that’s not going to give up a thing.
The offense might not have the firepower SE Louisiana has with the passing game, but there’s enough to be fine around this defense.
It’ll be an entertaining game that will go a long way to seeing just how strong the Southland should be. Will Sam Houston really be the power it’s supposed to be? Can Southwestern Louisiana get the offense going enough to pull this off against the great D?
Sam Houston will show enough offense – QB Eric Schmid will be just fine – to go along with a great defensive performance.
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