TYLER — After a week-two loss, the Southwestern Assemblies of God University football team got back to its winning ways Saturday afternoon with a 52-7 drumming of Texas College.
The game was the first Central States Football League (CSFL) conference game for the Lions this season, which moved SAGU to 2-1 overall and 1-0 in CSFL play.
SAGU quarterback CJ Collins set one personal record against Texas College and tied one school record during the win Saturday, Sept. 16 in Tyler.
Collins threw for 443 yards, nearly tying the school record of 446 yards set by Jeremy Fowler in 2009. He also tied the school record for touchdown passes in a game with five. He now shares the record with Fowler — set in 2009 against Oklahoma Panhandle State University.
Offensively, the Lions had a strong ground game as well. JP Lowery ran the ball 13 times for 94 yards and one touchdown. Ricky Bickham also had one rushing touchdown for the Lions.
On the defensive side of the football, SAGU held Texas College to just the one score that came at the end of the first quarter.
Lion kicker Tluang Hmung is still perfect on the season on PATs and is currently the top-ranked kicker in the National Athletic Intercollegiate Association (NAIA) in PAT kicking percentage (100%).
Head football coach Frank Tristan said he was pleased with the way the team responded after last Saturday’s loss to East Texas Baptist University.
“I was really proud of our total team effort. Offensively, we had some early miscues but picked up the Texas College blitzes well enough to allow CJ (Collins) to get the ball down the field," Tristan said. "The receivers were able to win their one on one matchups and had some big plays. Defensively, we moved some guys around and they really responded. Coby Roach and Landon Jones had big games for us. I was pleased with our coverage on special teams. We played very consistent today.”
Collins was 18-of-31 through the air for 443 yards and five touchdowns. Senior JP Lowery added 13 carries for 94 yards and one touchdown, while sophomore Michael Bledsoe had seven carries for 49 yards and senior Ricky Bickham had four carries for 16 yards and one touchdown.
Jeremy Carr had nine receptions for 117 yards and notched a long of 63 yards. He also had one touchdown. Justin Allen had four catches for 124 yards and two touchdowns.
As for the defense, Coby Roach had 11 tackles — 1.5 of those for loss. Darnell Martin added five tackles with 1.5 for loss.
Tluang Hmung was a perfect six-for-six on extra-point attempts and was two-of-three on field goals. He recorded a long of 32 yards.
SAGU will take the 45-minute drive to Fort Worth next Saturday to play the inaugural game between Texas Wesleyan, a new member of the CSFL. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m.