by: Kemmler Chapple
The Southeastern Louisiana offense racked up 443 total yards, while the Lion defense was credited with seven sacks and forced two turnovers as the defending Southland Conference champion Southeastern football team closed out spring practice with the annual Spring Game on Super Lion Saturday afternoon at Strawberry Stadium.
The Green (offense) defeated the Gold (defense), 79-27, in Saturday's Spring Game. The Lion offense was awarded points in the traditional way and also earned points for each first down and each "big play". Big plays were defined as rushes of 12 yards or more and passes of 16 yards or more.
The defense earned three points for turnovers, two points for three-and-outs and one point for a stop.
Southeastern senior quarterback Bryan Bennett completed 13 of 19 passes for 238 yards and two touchdowns, while also rushing for a touchdown. Junior Rasheed Harrell also rushed for a touchdown for the Lions.
Bennett, sophomore D'Shaie Landor (4-for-7, 86 yards, 1 TD) and junior Jordan Barnett (4-for-12, 78 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT) combined to find 13 different receivers. Senior Devonte Scott (2 catches, 73 yards, 1 TD), senior Chris Malott (2-60), junior Blane Arnold (2-53-1 TD) and senior Jeremy Meyers (2-31-2 TD) were the top pass catchers for the Lions.
Defensively, senior linebacker Isiah Corbett led the Lions with seven tackles, four tackles for loss and a pair of sacks. Senior Justin Church, senior Ivan Abarenov, junior Marquel Combs, junior TJ West and freshman Titus Charles all had sacks for Southeastern. Senior Marice Sutton and junior Herbert Harris both recorded interceptions, while sophomore Taylor Cochran blocked a kick.
The offense got on the board on the opening drive with a nine-play, 75-yard scoring march. Harrell raced around right end for a 12-yard touchdown to put the Lions on the board.
After a Harris interception of Barnett, Bennett threw his first score of the contest, finding Scott from 29 yards out. Later in the opening quarter, a 47-yard pass from Bennett to senior Isaiah Kepley set up a three-yard touchdown run by Bennett.
Sutton answered with an interception on the next drive, but Landor would lead the Lions on a seven-play, 52-yard drive, finding Meyers from 14 yards out on a scoring toss.
The Lion defense responded with a three-and-out highlighted by sacks by Corbett and Church. On the next drive, Barnett found junior Byron Johnson on a 34-yard catch and run on the opening play. Two plays later, Meyers caught a 17-yard scoring toss from Barnett.
The defense held Southeastern to just a field goal by senior Ryan Adams for the rest of the half. A 34-yarder by Adams was also the first score of the second half.
After a three-and-out, Bennett led the Lions to their final scoring drive of the game early in the fourth quarter. Arnold hauled in a pass, spun out of a tackle and raced in from 10 yards out to cap a 10-play, 67 yard scoring drive. The Lion defense held the Lion offense off the board the remainder of the contest.
Coming off a historic 2013 season that saw the Lions finish 11-3, win its first league championship since 1961, set a single-season school record for victories, advance to the NCAA quarterfinals in the program's first-ever playoff appearance and finish No. 6 in the final national rankings, the Lions will open the 2014 campaign on Aug. 30, hosting Jacksonville State at Strawberry Stadium.
Season tickets for the six-game Lion football home schedule are available now. Fans can contact the Southeastern Athletics Ticket Office at (985) 549-5466, visit LionUp.com or LionSports.net for more ticket information. 2013 season ticket holders have until May 31 to renew their season tickets.
2014 Southeastern Louisiana Football Scrimmage
April 12, 2014 – Hammond, La. – Strawberry Stadium
Green (Offense) vs. Gold (Defense)
GREEN – Rasheed Harrell 12 run (Ryan Adams PAT)
GREEN – Devonte Scott 29 pass from Bryan Bennett (Ryan Adams PAT)
GREEN – Bryan Bennett 3 run (Ryan Adams PAT)
GREEN – Jeremy Meyers 14 pass from D'Shaie Landor (Ryan Adams PAT)
GREEN – Jeremy Meyers 17 pass from Jordan Barnett (Ryan Adams PAT)
GREEN – Ryan Adams 25 FG
GREEN – Ryan Adams 34 FG
GREEN – Blane Arnold 10 pass from Bryan Bennett (Ryan Adams PAT)
GOLD – Safety – Bad snap on punt
Rushing – 45-41, 2 TD
Passing – 21-for-37, 402 yards, 4 TD, 2 INT
Total – 66 plays, 443 yards
Darius Guy – 10-35, Bryan Bennett – 9-19, 1 TD, Jeff Smiley – 1-5, Blane Arnold – 1-4, Rasheed Harrell – 8-2, 1 TD, Paul Kopesky – 1-3, Torrey Jackson – 3-2, Devonte Scott – 1-0, Marquis Hayes – 1-(-6), D'Shaie Landor – 5-(-7), Kendrick Peeples – 1-(-7), Jordan Barnett – 5-(-16).
Bryan Bennett – 13-for-19, 238 yards, 2 TD, D'Shaie Landor – 4-for-7, 86 yards, 1 TD, Jordan Barnett – 4-for-12, 78 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT
Devonte Scott – 2-73, 1 TD, Chris Malott – 2-60, Blane Arnold – 4-53, 1 TD, Isaiah Kepley – 1-47, Byron Johnson – 1-34, Jarrell Bennett – 3-24, Jeremy Meyers – 2-31, 2 TD, Marquis Hayes – 1-24, Kendrick Peeples – 1-14, Jeff Smiley – 1-12, Taylor Jenkins – 1-14, Darius Guy – 1-6, Rasheed Harrell – 1-2
Ryan Adams – 6-for-6 PAT, 2-for-3 FG (Made - 25, 34) (Missed – 47 (blocked))