Weekly Release for Southwest Texas
Nov. 9, 2000
With two weeks remaining in the season, the Lumberjacks find themselves in the unenviable position of playing out the string. With last week's 6-0 loss to Troy State, SFA finds itself on the outside looking in at the conference race and a shot at the playoffs. SFA could play the spoiler role for their two remaining opponents with wins in the final two weeks. Saturday marks the renewal of one of the oldest series in SFA history as the `Jacks and Bobcats meet for the 74th time. The Bobcats are still mathematically alive for a share of the Southland Football League title, but would need wins in their final two games and at least one loss each by McNeese State and Troy State to claim a share of the league crown. Last week, the Lumberjack defensive unit turned in one of their best performances of the season, limiting Troy State to only 286 yards of total offense and six points. Unfortunately, for the `Jacks, the Trojan defense gave up only 296 yards of offense and dealt the Lumberjacks their first shutout since November 23, 1991. RB Derrick Blaylock turned in another superb effort, gaining 99 yards on 17 carries. The Atlanta, Texas senior now has 1,109 yards for the season, the third best single season rushing total in SFA history. He needs 223 yards to catch Paul Hood in second place on the all-time list. QB Wes Pate was 17 of 38 for 159 yards through the air. He was also intercepted three times. Pate has thrown for 1,400 yards on the season with 10 touchdown passes and nine interceptions. WR Lawrence Hamilton had six catches against Troy State for 81 yards, but could not find the end zone. Hamilton and WR Freddy Lyons lead the team with 32 receptions each. Hamilton leads in receiving yardage with 591 yards and five touchdowns for the season.
This marks the 74th meeting between the two schools with Southwest Texas holding a 47-25-1 edge in the series. The teams have split the last ten meetings, 5-5.
1990 SWT 24, SFA 0
1991* SWT 31, SFA 15
1992 SWT 17, SFA 14
1993* SFA 29, SWT 7
1994 SFA 24, SWT 19
1995* SFA 50, SWT 21
1996 SWT 31, SFA 19
1997* SFA 31, SWT 28
1998 SWT 14, SFA 7
1999* SFA 28, SWT 17
LEFTOVERS FROM THE TROY STATE GAME.... /The Lumberjack offensive unit was shut out for the first time since the final game of the 1991 season. The `Jacks were shut out twice that season, suffering shutouts at the hands of Nicholls State and Northwestern State.
/S David Crocker added to his team leading interception total with another pick against Troy State. Crocker has four INTs on the season, two of which were returned for touchdowns.
/The `Jacks were penalized a season low two times for 15 yards in the game.
/LB Reggie Williams added to his team leading tackle total (81) with a 16 tackle performance against Troy State.
/For the fourth straight week, the `Jacks have turned the ball over more times than their opponent. Over the first five weeks, SFA held a +.6 turnover ratio, over the last four games, the `Jacks are -1.1.
GRINDING THE AXE...
/Since 1993, SFA holds a 15-8-1 record in November. The 'Jacks are 14-7-1 in the regular season.
/The 'Jacks are 15-5 (.750) in their last 20 games at Homer Bryce Stadium. SFA had won eight straight at home prior to the loss to Sam Houston, and has now lost two in a row at home for the first time since the final game of the `92 season and the opener of the `93 season.
/SFA is 36-10-1 (.776) in games at Homer Bryce Stadium since 1993.
/The 'Jacks are 38-14 against non-ranked teams since 1992.
/QB Wes Pate moved into fourth place on the all-time TD pass list at SFA with his two TD passes against the Gamecocks. Pate is now all alone in fourth with 27 TD passes in 17 games. James Ritchey is third on the list with 42 TD passes.
/Since 1995, the Lumberjacks are 8-6 against teams ranked in the Division I-AA top 25.
/The double overtime win over Louisiana Tech was the first ever win over a Division I-A team by the Lumberjacks.
/During the decade of the 1990's SFA was 57-53-3, a winning percentage of .518. That marks lead all NCAA Division I-AA schools in the state. Among Division I universities in the state, only Texas A&M (.738), Texas (.631), and Texas Tech (.539) won more games in the 1990's. Over the course of the last half of the decade, from 1995-1999, only two Division I teams in the state of Texas won a higher percentage of their games. The Lumberjacks posted a record of 37-20 over the last five years (.649). The Texas A&M Aggies went 43-19 over that same time period (.693), and Texas posted a winning percentage of .653, going 40-21-1 from 1995 to 1999. Texas Tech also went 35-23 in that span for a (.603) winning percentage.
/Since joining Division I-AA in 1986, SFA is 17-1 against non-Division I teams. The lone loss was a 28-24 defeat by Angelo State in 1990. The 'Jacks have won eleven consecutive non-Division I games.
The Bobcats of Southwest Texas are in the midst of one of their most successful seasons in recent history. With one more win in their final two games, the Bobcats could finish above the .500 mark for the first time since the 1991 season.
Southwest Texas stands at 3-2 in Southland Football League play following last week's 18-3 loss to McNeese State in Lake Charles. The Bobcats are still alive for a share of the SFL title if they can win their final two games and get some help down the stretch with at least one loss by both McNeese State and Troy State. McNeese and Troy play each other this week.
The Bobcats are using defense to lead the charge in 2000. SWT ranks third in the league in total defense, giving up roughly 300 yards a game of total offense. The Bobcats are also third in the league in rushing defense, giving up just under 110 yards per game on the ground. However, the Bobcats offensive unit ranks near the bottom in seventh in the league with an average of just over 280 yards per game of total offense. Lee Davis leads the way for SWT, averaging 90 yards per game on the ground. Bronson Sanders is also averaging just under 80 yards per game on the ground.
ALL SFL CANDIDATES
QB Wes Pate could become the first Lumberjack quarterback to earn first team All-Southland Football League honors since Todd Hammel in 1989 with a productive 2000 season. Pate earned Second Team All-SFL honors following the '99 season, and was a preseason First Team All-SFL selection this year. As a sophomore, Pate threw for 1,840 yards and 17 touchdowns. The 17 TD passes in a single season were the sixth best ever in SFA history, and the most since James Ritchey threw 19 TD passes in 13 games in 1995. Pate missed the A&M-Commerce and Louisiana Tech games but returned to the line-up against Northern Iowa throwing for 239 yards and two touchdowns. He added another two TDs against Sam Houston. With his ten TD passes this season, Pate is now in frouth place on the career TD pass list with 27, one ahead Robert Pearce in fifth place. He trails third place James Ritchey (42) by 15.
RB Derrick Blaylock entered the 2000 season as the starter at tailback after splitting time with Isiah Stoker and KaRon Coleman the past two seasons. Blaylock has already been recognized for his abilities this season, haveing been invited to appear in the 54th annual Hula Bowl in Honolulu in January. Blaylock opened the 2000 season with the second 100-yard rushing game of his career, registering 23 carries for 107 yards in the opener with Central Oklahoma. In week two, he followed that up with the third best single game rushing total in SFA history with 218 yards against TAMU-Commerce on 25 carries with 3 touchdowns. Following three straight games in which he did not gain 100-yards, Blaylock returned to form with 204 yards against Sam Houston. The Atlanta senior came off the bench against Nicholls State to gain 108 yards on only 7 carries. He turned in his third straight 100+ yard game against Jacksonville State as went over the 1,000 yard mark. He is on pace to gain over 1300 yards this season, and could eclipse the SFA single season record of 1,440 yards set by Larry Centers in 1989. He trails second place Paul Hood by 223 yards.
OT Josh Arceneaux also enters the 2000 season as a preseason All-SFL selection along with OG Shannon Yates. Both are returning starters along the offensive front, where they helped SFA to a league leading 231.5 yards rushing per game. Arceneaux started games at both tackle and guard last season, while Yates started at guard last season, both provide experience and anchor the line again this season. Yates and Arceneaux are once again paving the way for the `Jacks ground game which is averaging 191.3 yards per game.
Bandit Mike McElroy returns for his senior season after a junior year in which he moved from linebacker to the Bandit position. McElroy was an Honorable Mention All-SFL selection following the 1999 season and led the defensive linemen with 47 tackles. The Houston senior was also third on the team with nine tackles for losses last season. McElroy is currently sixth on the team with 39 total tackles, including 8 tackles for a loss.
DE Michael Adams is having a break-out season in his sophomore year. Adams has already recorded 9.0 sacks and blocked three kicks on the season. He leads the Southland Football League with his nine sacks on the season.
S David Crocker is also having an outstanding season. The Killeen Ellison product is currently second on the team in total tackles with 57. Crocker also has four interceptions, two were returned for touchdowns. He has also recorded a fumble recovery and four pass break-ups.
LAST TIME WITH SOUTHWEST TEXAS
The `Jacks and Bobcats met on the third week of the 1999 season in Nacogdoches, with the `Jacks taking a 28-17 win over the Bobcats in spite of being outgained 350-279 yards by Southwest Texas. The Bobcats moved the ball against the Lumberjack defense between the 20-yard lines, but could not manage to put points on the board in the loss. KaRon Coleman sparked the `Jacks with a 64-yard punt return that set up a 27-yard Wes Pate to Freddy Lyons touchdown pass to give the `Jacks a 14-7 lead midway through the second quarter. SWT scored with :41 remaining the half to tie the score at 14-14, only to have the `Jacks score :27 later to take a 21-14 lead in at the half. Wes Pate scored from 47-yards out on the first play from scrimmage in the third quarter, and the `Jacks held a 28-14 lead. Southwest Texas scored on a 33-yard field goal midway through the third quarter for the game's final score.