happy Hammond at the moment, after the Southeastern Lions rolled to another
impressive 35-3 victory Saturday night over Incarnate Word.
Conference play beginning next week, it was the perfect opportunity for the
Lions (3-2) to work out all of the kinks and they took full advantage of that
against UIW (3-3).
kind of … made the mistakes that we don't want to happen in conference," said
quarterback Bryan Bennett. "So now, we've learned from them and now we're going
to go into conference hopefully better than … not hopefully, we will go in
better than we've been in the previous games and just take it from there."
head coach Ron Roberts said Bennett actually was not at full strength, but it's
hard to tell after his performance. Bennett finished 19 of 30 for 267 yards and
"I think I
was getting a little more comfortable as the game went on. That last series I
got, I think was probably my best series of the game, best really as an
offense," Bennett said.
As well as
the Lions offense played, putting 28 points on the board, it was their defense
that set the tone for the game, holding the Cardinals to less than two yards per
carry and ultimately making the game's biggest play.
cornerback Marice Sutton intercepted quarterback Trent Brittain at the end of
the first half and returned it 67 yards for the score.
"Once I saw
the ball, I just attacked it and after that I just followed them," Sutton said.
"I knew they were going to make some holes, they were going to create
separation for me to make it to the end zone."
that's a huge momentum changer. And, it was great to see the defense. Their
enthusiasm that they had, that they played with, I think was great for the
whole team. So, the defense did a great job," Bennett added.
victory, the Lions remain perfect at Strawberry Stadium.
"Just to be
home in front of the Lion Nation is a good feeling, good to be on our home
turf," said Bennett.
will remain at home for the start of Southland Conference play against Stephen
F. Austin next week.