It's a happy Hammond at the moment, after the Southeastern Lions rolled to another impressive 35-3 victory Saturday night over Incarnate Word.
With Southland 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).
"It was 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."
Southeastern 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 two touchdowns.
"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.
Junior 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."
"The ‘Pick-6,' 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.
With the 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.
The Lions will remain at home for the start of Southland Conference play against Stephen F. Austin next week.
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