Colonels advance in FCS playoffs with 49-30 win over San Diego

first_imgTHIBODAUX, La. – The No. 13/14 Nicholls State University football team raced out to a 32-point lead over No. 18/19 San Diego early in the third quarter and held off a late rally to win its first playoff game in 32 years, defeating the Toreros, 49-30, Saturday evening at Manning Field in John L. Guidry Stadium.With the victory, Nicholls (9-3) extends its winning streak to five games and advances to the second round to play at No. 3 Eastern Washington. It marks only the second time the Colonels have won in the playoffs, with their first coming in 1986. Kickoff in Cheney is scheduled for 4 p.m. central.Southland Conference Player of the Year Chase Fourcade led a trio of stars on offense, completing 21 of 31 passes for 337 yards and two touchdowns while adding 82 yards rushing and two more scores. The Colonels had 606 yards of total offense, with Dontrell Taylor recording his fourth 100-yard game on the ground with 124 yards and two touchdowns. Damion Jeanpiere, Jr. fueled the passing game with 143 yards and a TD on seven receptions.On defense, the Colonels allowed only one first-half touchdown to the Toreros, who came into the game ranked 10th in the nation in scoring.  But their Walter Payton Award finalist quarterback Anthony Lawrence caught fire after the intermission, adding three more touchdown passes to extend his nation’s best total to 39.Nicholls has dominated the opposition in the first half during its winning streak, and Saturday was no different. Both teams scored on their opening drives, but the Colonels then took a 21-7 lead after first-quarter touchdown runs by Taylor and Fourcade. San Diego (9-3) chipped into the deficit with a field goal before Nicholls added a rushing touchdown from Julien Gums. Fourcade then hit Tajh Smith for his first career touchdown for 52 yards, sending Nicholls into the break with a 35-10 lead.The Red and Gray scored again on the opening drive of the third quarter on a Jeanpiere 17-yard touchdown catch for a commanding 42-10 lead. However, the Toreros made a late push to make the game interesting.San Diego pulled out a few trick plays, scoring on a reverse flea-flicker as Lawrence found Dalton Kincaid wide open for a 38-yard touchdown. Kincaid caused problems all night for the Colonel defense, finishing with four touchdowns on just six receptions (87 yards). Three came in a span of eight minutes between the third and fourth quarters, making the score at 42-30.But San Diego had trouble slowing down the Colonel rushing attack all night, and Nicholls ran the ball 10 of 12 plays on its next possession to all but put the game away at 49-30. Fourcade had a 10-yard rush in the drive and ended it with a 13-yard keeper with 8:53 remaining. The Colonels rushed for 269 yards in the win, reaching 200-plus for the fifth-straight game.San Diego went three-and-out on the ensuing possession and turned it over on downs in the final minute to end the game.While the defense did not record a sack for the first time this season, it allowed only nine yards rushing on 14 carries. Austin Dickerson had a career-high seven tackles, while Ahmani Martin accounted for 1.5 of the Colonels’ six tackles for loss. Sully Laiche had five stops and forced a turnover in the opening quarter.Lawrence finished 30 of 56 for 322 yards for San Diego, with Michael Bandy totaling 144 yards on nine receptions. On defense, the Toreros were able to get two sacks, and Cassius Johnson picked off a Fourcade pass in the third quarter.For the Colonels, Taylor needed only 14 carries for his eighth career 100-yard game, which tied Josh Son for the program record. He scored the Colonels’ first two touchdowns on 27- and 49-yard runs.GAME NOTES- The nine wins are the second most in team history (10 in 1986).- The program’s only second playoff win (Appalachian State, 1986) in five appearances.- Chase Fourcade needs just 89 yards to break the program’s all-time passing record (Doug Hudson, 7,670 yards).- Senior Damion Jeanpiere, Jr. climbed up to No. 2 on the all-time receiving yards list (2,302).- Sophomore Dai’Jean Dixon moved into ninth on the career top-10 receiving list with 1,224 yards.UP NEXTNicholls will play No. 3 seed Eastern Washington next Saturday (Dec. 1) at 4 p.m. The Colonels and Eagles have met just once before, with Nicholls winning at home, 37-14, in 2004.last_img read more

Southland Conference Sends Six To Premier All-Star Games

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – The Southland Conference will be well represented in two of the premier college football all-star games, the East-West Shrine game and NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, which both kick off on Saturday afternoon.McNeese linebacker B.J. Blunt, the league’s Defensive Player of the Year, Buck Buchanan Award runner-up Derick Roberson of Sam Houston State and Stephen F. Austin long snapper Chris Wilkerson will be featured in the East-West Shrine Game, which can be seen on NFL Network at 2 p.m. CT from Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.Lumberjack long snapper Chris Wilkerson headed to the 94th East-West Shrine Game® in St. Petersburg, Florida ????”College Football’s All-Stars…Future NFL Legends” [email protected]_Game?? | #AxeEm— Lumberjack Football (@SFA_Football) December 28, 2018 The Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Year, Blunt earned First Team FCS All-America honors from the Associated Press after racking up 102 tackles, 11 sacks and 20 tackles for loss, which stood as the third-most among FCS players.A First-Team AP FCS All-America and All-Southland defensive end, Roberson finished tied for first in FCS with 15.0 sacks, which tied the school’s single-season record. He also tied for second nationally with five forced fumbles.Named to Phil Steele’s FCS All-America Second Team, Wilkerson has served as the Lumberjacks’ starting long snapper for three-straight seasons, appearing in all 32 games in that span and in 42 games during his SFA career.Northwestern State defensive end Obinna Iheoma, Nicholls wide receiver Damion Jeanpiere Jr., and Incarnate Word linebacker Silas Stewart are also in action Saturday in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, which kicks off at 4 p.m. CT from Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, Calif., and can be seen on FOX Sports 1.After transferring from Tyler Junior College, Iheoma made the most of his two years with the Demons, tallying eight sacks in each of the past two seasons and compiling 19.5 tackles for loss from the “buck” position, a blend of defensive end and outside linebacker.Iheoma prepping for Rose Bowl appearance Saturday in NFLPA Collegiate Bowl #Demon18all #EAT #NeverYield— NSU Football (@NSUDemonsFB) January 15, 2019 Jeanpiere Jr., posted the fifth-most receiving yards (850) in the conference, finishing with the most yards per catch (19.3) among wideouts with at least 40 receptions. A Second Team All-Southland punt returner, he averaged the second-most yards per return (6.8) on 12 attempts. A second-team all-league linebacker, Stewart ranked eighth in the Southland in solo tackles (54), total tackles (94) and tackles per game (8.5). A member of the FCS-leading team with 29 turnovers, he snagged three interceptions, forced two fumbles and recorded a fumble recovery.last_img read more

SFA Captures Kutztown Invitational Championship

first_imgThe Ladyjacks finished the event with a near-perfect 11-1 record and a pinfall total of 12,785, while runner-up Arkansas State tallied 14,060 pins over the weekend and posted a 10-3 mark. Fourth-seeded and eighth-ranked Maryland-Eastern Shore took home third place after earning a 4-2 win over fourth-place finisher Fairleigh Dickinson. Following its first-round defeat, Arkansas State bested third-seeded and seventh-ranked Fairleigh Dickinson 4-1 to reach the championship match where both teams bowled a 158 in the opening game. The Ladyjacks took a 1.5-0.5 lead in the affair with an impressive 246-168 game two triumph but a 243-167 game three went the way of the Red Wolves, tying the match up once again at 1.5-1.5. SFA edged Arkansas State by two pins in both games four and five, 180-178 and 193-191 respectively, before clinching the tournament title with a 192-182 game six victory. Heading into Sunday’s bracket play as the No. 2 seed, SFA defeated the top-seeded Red Wolves 4-3 in the opening round before ousting Arkansas State 4.5-1.5 in the championship match. Due to a team dropping out of the three-day event and leaving an odd number of teams (27), the Ladyjacks received a match off from competition following their first-round win. “It was a total team effort all weekend,” head coach Amber Lemke said following the tournament. “Everyone on the team competed and contributed to our success this weekend. I’m really excited for this team and where we can go, putting in all the hard work at practice and then being able to see it payoff is an amazing thing to watch. This was our most consistent tournament from day one to day three that we have had in a long time.” SFA jumped out to a 2-0 lead in its first bout with the Red Wolves, taking game one and two of the match by scores of 167-157 and 195-189. However, Arkansas State rolled back-to-back games of 213 and 217 to tie things up at 2-2, before the Ladyjacks earned a lopsided 206-152 game five. After the Red Wolves claimed game six, 221-207, SFA worked its way to a 226-201 decisive game seven victory to land a spot in the title match.center_img LIMERICK, Pa. – For the first time since earning the school’s inaugural NCAA Division I team national championship in April of 2016, the SFA bowling team captured a tournament title Sunday afternoon inside Limerick Bowl. The Ladyjacks defeated fellow Southland Bowling League member and fourth-ranked Arkansas State twice in bracket play Baker matches to claim Kutztown University’s 2019 Kutztown Invitational title, earning the program’s fourth tournament championship in its 10th year of existence. In both matches Sunday, the Ladyjacks started sophomore Sarah Voiers, junior Megan Eaglehouse and sophomores Dakota Faichnie and Sarah Gill with senior Paige Beeney serving as SFA’s linchpin. After averaging a 242.4 score in five traditional team games Saturday, senior Dakotah Hazlewood was named Kutztown Invitational MVP as she earned top individual honors among 182 bowlers with a tournament-best pinfall total of 1,212. Her 242.4 average was the highest by a Ladyjack bowler in five traditional games since First-Team All-American Stephanie Schwartz (’18) averaged a 245.6 at the 2017 Allstate Sugar Bowl Collegiate Invitational.last_img read more

Kieran Trippier claims Atletico Madrid are a ‘step up’ from Tottenham

first_imgKIERAN TRIPPIER has revealed he believes Atletico Madrid is a “step up” from Tottenham – claiming there is “no better place in the world” to be.The England right-back, 28, has earned a recall to the Three Lions set-up following a strong start to life in La Liga after quitting Spurs this summer.1 Kieran Trippier has called Atletico Madrid a ‘step up’ from TottenhamCredit: GettyAnd Trippier revealed he’s moving forward after leaving North London – and reckons he can get even better under Atleti chief Diego Simeone.Trippier said: “Every decision I’ve taken in my career has been a brave one. Football is about taking risks.”I’d always fancied playing abroad so I had discussions with Tottenham and said I wanted a new challenge, a new chapter for me and my family.”To play in Spain was an amazing opportunity, I didn’t want it to slip away. No regrets.”I’m working with one of the best coaches in the world and Atletico is one of the biggest teams in Europe.UNBELIEVABLE SIMEONE”I’m not taking a step down, I’m taking a step up.”Speaking about his new boss, Simeone, Trippier gushed: “He’s unbelievable.”The passion he has – in games you see him celebrating tackles like goals – it gives you such a lift.”You can see over the years how strong Atletico have been, his teams have always looked like a family and I feel that now.”I think he can take me to the next level. For a defender I don’t think there’s a better place in the world to be.” MORE SPURS STORIESHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrongGossipSPURRED ONTottenham table contract offer for Bayern Munich’s teenage starlet Taylor BoothExclusivePASS THE TESTEngland’s NRL-based stars urge bosses to make room for a Test this yearWhile Trippier claimed he is thrilled to be at Atletico – he did reveal he’s not quite settled into Spanish life yet… because of the food!The England man joked: “It is difficult eating later than in England, I get hungry.”I’m not a big tapas fan yet, I don’t like sharing! But it’s KO, I’ll try to fit in as much as I can.”Alvaro Morata has to pull Kieran Trippier away from walking on Atletico Madrid’s crest on his La Liga debutlast_img read more

Chelsea ban has been a gift to England – now kids need a chance with Pep & Co

first_imgThe block on young British talent is being cleared and the best of the lads won’t have to wait into their 20s to exist beyond the Carabao Cup and the bench.Manchester United have twice proved they could win trophies with kids.And while I doubt this will happen again with any club, my choice would be to give younger players — Declan Rice is ours — a decent chance to thrive.Pep Guardiola says Phil Foden is the ONLY Man City player he would never sell… even for €500m PEP GUARDIOLA says he won’t take the risk of giving extended chances to his promising kids.A few hours later Manchester City lost surprisingly to Wolves, another club, like mine, which is cautious about regularly exposing post-academy youngsters to the fires of the Premier League.3 Mason Mount, Fikayo Tomori and Tammy Abraham are all impressing at ChelseaCredit: Getty – Contributor3 Pep Guardiola is a big fan of Phil Foden – but hasn’t played him very oftenCredit: Getty – ContributorGuardiola has taken an overly-dogmatic stance, although it is hard to argue with two consecutive championships from a truly marvellous team.Still, fans love home-made starlets. You had only to watch Sean and Matty, the Longstaff brothers of Newcastle, do so much towards beating Manchester United on Sunday to appreciate what that meant to the Toon.But the match provided a warning, too.At some point United fielded six former academy lads and the lack of assurance under pressure undermined whatever boss Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s tactics were.Guardiola is being questioned repeatedly about why Phil Foden is so rarely among his starting team. He says the 19-year-old would be taking the place of an experienced player, almost certainly of high international calibre, so why take the chance? Does he consistently leave out one of the Silvas, Ilkay Gundogan or Rodrigo?City can afford any available player. So, aware of limited first team chances, 17-year-old Jadon Sancho decided to leave for Borussia Dortmund where he’s had plenty.3 Jadon Sancho is tearing up the BundesligaCredit: Getty – ContributorA year later Sancho was playing for England and even now Foden isn’t.Callum Hudson-Odoi, of Chelsea and of similar age, nearly joined Bayern Munich, only for Chelsea to make first team offers and add a nought to his salary.That paid off, too, with selection for England.Whether their current transfer ban has activated manager Frank Lampard’s revolutionary thoughts at Chelsea I can only guess.But he has placed his faith in a bunch of boys and now we shall have to wait and see if Roman Abramovich will ever open his wallet so generously again. Unlocking a treasure trove of talent, Chelsea are playing in an exhilarating way, as if Eden Hazard was a generation away rather than just a few months.Southgate has responded by picking Hudson-Odoi, Fikayo Tomori, Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount.What a gift to England from a club with a history of renting out dozens of its best youngsters.You can hardly blame Guardiola for looking far beyond Foden. Sancho is a warning that things are changing, though.Most Read Football newsTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himlast_img read more

Dan James ploughs into Mourinho during Spurs clash sending viewers wild

first_imgDaniel James flattens Mourinho Yellow card to Harry Winks…I’m loving it…..— star ritchlow (@newfienick1) December 4, 2019 JOSE MOURINHO had a sore start to his Old Trafford return after Daniel James took out the ex-Manchester United boss.Welshman James was battling for the ball with Spurs midfielder Harry Winks when he tumbled off the pitch.3 A falling James went face first into the knee of Mourinho – who did well to remain on his feetCredit: Getty Images – Getty3 Mourinho did his best to avoid contact with the United wideman but ended up receiving an inadvertent headbuttCredit: AFP or licensorsMourinho did his best to avoid contact with the United wideman but ended up receiving an inadvertent headbutt.A falling James went face first into the knee of Mourinho – who did well to remain on his feet.It is the first time the ex-Chelsea boss is back in the dugout at Old Trafford since his sacking last season.And fans online reckon James’ tackle was “on behalf of us all” with The Special One returning as Spurs’ manager.One said: “Jose Mourinho being smashed into by a falling Daniel James is exactly the kind of thing #MUFC fans will love to see while 1-0 up at Old Trafford.”Another said: “Daniel James flattens Mourinho Yellow card to Harry Winks…I’m loving it…..”One added: “James giving Mourinho an ACL on behalf of us all.”Jose Mourinho being smashed into by a falling Daniel James is exactly the kind of thing #MUFC fans will love to see while 1-0 up at Old Trafford 😂 #MUNTOT— Sport Social (@TheSportSocial) December 4, 2019 Mourinho’s collision came just after Marcus Rashford opened the lead for United.The England forward cut in from the left and his low strike somehow beat replacement keeper Paulo Gazzaniga at his near post.Mourinho’s opening three games since replacing Mauricio Pochettino have all ended in wins – but faces his toughest task yet.3 It is the first time the ex-Chelsea boss is back in the dugout at Old Trafford since his sacking last seasonCredit: Sportimage #MUNTOT Daniel James doing the Lords work by knocking out Mourinho 😂— The Weekdae (@TheWeekdaeZA) December 4, 2019 José Mourinho – the injured one. #MUNTOT— G of the Bang! (@JimBlower) December 4, 2019last_img read more

Rabbitohs are the real NRL deal: Johns

first_imgThe Sharks entered the clash on Friday as the hottest team in the NRL but were quickly brought down to earth by a relentless Rabbitohs side missing four stars to State of Origin.Every member of their starting forward pack cracked the 100-metre barrier, Adam Reynolds’ kicking game was on song, while youngster Adam Doueihi deputised at fullback with aplomb.The five victories on the trot is the most since the Rabbitohs’ breakthrough premiership in 2014.”The form they’re showing tonight, they look like a genuine threat for the premiership… they are the real deal,” Johns said during commentary for Channel Nine.The Sharks are just the latest victims in a run that has also claimed St George Illawarra and the Warriors, however the Rabbitohs were quick to pour cold water on their premiership credentials.”I understand that with winning some games in a row that there’d be some comments like that thrown around our side,” coach Anthony Seibold said.”But I think one thing we’ve done particularly well as a group is just diving into our next job.”I’m not getting carried away. I was really proud of the guys tonight… There may be some comments like that but we’re a pretty grounded group.”Stand-in skipper Sam Burgess also played down any talk of being a premiership force.”It’s a great win but the competition itself keeps you pretty honest. We’re seeing a lot of results go ways you probably wouldn’t expect,” he said.”The moment you start getting ahead of yourself or anything like that, you get beat.”Youngster Braidon Burns could be facing some time on the sidelines after suffering a suspected knee injury, however Seibold confirmed Alex Johnston should be available to take on Gold Coast next week.last_img read more

Australia, Kenya and Fiji earn continental titles to earn Rio 2016 sevens berths

first_imgWhile all eight competing teams in the Championship qualified to the quarter-finals from the pool phase Australia’s three victories gave them a straightforward tie against minnows American Samoa, who had finished bottom of Pool B. Unsurprisingly, the Australian team recorded a comprehensive 52-0 victory before recording a routine 36-0 win over Papua New Guinea in the semi-final to move one match away from sealing an Olympic berth. A final showdown with Samoa had been predicted ahead of the Championship, however, the four-time champions were stunned by a superb display by Tonga in their semi-final, with the Pacific Games bronze medalists emerging 41-5 winners.The effort appeared to take their toll on the Tongans in the final, however, as Australia stormed into a 31-0 half-time advantage with their captain Ed Jenkins claiming two tries.The Australians continued to dominant in the second period to eventual emerge as 50-0 winners and seal their place at Rio 2016, having missed out on one of four places up for grabs in the 2014–2015 HSBC Sevens World Series after finishing fifth. “The boys put in a ruthless performance in that last game and it was just desserts for the effort they have put in – not only in the last three months with me, but for the last three or four years too,” said Tim Walsh, interim coach of Australia’s men’s team.”This is a great way to start a new chapter, a new stage in what will be a massive year with the Olympics at the end of it.”It’s a weight off everyone’s shoulders [qualifying for Rio] – if you look at it in a positive way, then these players will be battle-hardened and more able to handle those pressure situations.”Tonga and Samoa will still hold a hope of earning a place at Rio 2016 having qualified for the Final Olympic Qualification Tournament, due to take place in June.Australia’s victory ensured they will have representation in both the men’s and women’s competitions at Rio 2016, where rugby sevens will make its Olympic debut.Fiji will also feature in the two events after their women’s team secured the Oceania Rugby Sevens Championship title. After cruising to a 58-0 win over Papua New Guinea in the semi-final of the four-team tournament, the Fijiana knew a victory in the decider against Samoa would see them join their men’s team, who won the 2014–2015 HSBC Sevens World Series, at the Olympics.Their place was secured courtesy of a dominant 55-0 triumph, with Rusila Nagasau starring having scored four tries during the match.A thrilling conclusion to the 2015 Rugby Africa Men’s Sevens Championship in Johannesburg saw Kenya join the already qualified South Africa at Rio 2016 as they earned a last gasp victory over Zimbabwe.Both nations had proved to be a class above their rivals throughout the tournament and a crunch encounter for the sole Olympic berth was set up after Kenya had overcome Tunisia 42-12 in their semi-final, with Zimbabwe having beaten Morocco 26-0 in their last four matches.Zimbabwe appeared to have secured the Championship title and Rio 2016 berth after a try in the final 30 seconds of the match gave them a 17-14 lead, however Kenya were able to keep the ball alive after the match restarted and worked an opening for Dennis Ombachi to cross the Zimbabwean try-line with the final play to give his team a 19-17 victory.Following their late defeat Zimbabwe will join the beaten semi-finalists Tunisia and Morocco in the Final Olympic Qualification Tournament, where the one remaining spot in the men’s Olympic tournament will be claimed.Caption: Australia rugby sevens teamPicture Source: insidethegameslast_img read more

NSL clubs reminded to play by the rules

first_imgCompetition manager, Simon Koima made this appeal today to all clubs saying he did not want a repeat of what happened last year.“I urge the management, coaches and players to read the competition’s rules and regulations, understand them and follow them. He also added that any grievances must be channelled through the right means and not be posted on social media as in the past.“What happened is gone. We’re going to move on and we’re looking forward to a big season this year. We’ve had a good start so far to the season.“All supporters, please go down to the field and support your clubs,” said Koima. The TNSL competition will resume this weekend with round 6 games to be played in Port Moresby, Lae and Goroka.last_img

Zaragoza asks the FEF that medical reports are prepared by independent doctors

first_imgThe RFEF has confirmed the suspension of Zaragoza – Sporting corresponding to the 22nd day of LaLiga SmartBank due to the flu outbreak suffered by the Asturian staff. He has done it several hours after the request and has not yet announced a new date. The clubs accept the decision, although the maña directive does not understand how the postponement has been developed and questions the process and the fact that the medical parties have been presented by club doctors and not external. This is the full statement: “Real Zaragoza has the obligation to abide by the decision of the Competition Committee of the Royal Spanish Football Federation to postpone the match that was to be played this Friday, January 3, starting at 9:00 p.m. in La Romareda against Sporting de Gijón, due to the health problems of various players in the Asturian team. However, the Club communicates that, having previously requested allegations by the Competition Committee itself and understanding the situation of Real Sporting players, Real Zaragoza expressed its willingness for the match to be played on the date and time initially marked, on January 3, at 9:00 p.m., to safeguard their sports interests and with the aim of avoiding further disruption to their own subscribers and fans.At the same time, Real Zaragoza has transmitted to the Spanish Federation its request that, given the unquestionable importance of this type of incident, which has already been subject during this season, and in general, the medical reports of players that could be affected by physical problems of this nature are carried out by medical doctors independent of their own clubs, and have the essential support of the Spanish Federation itself when making a decision on the postponement of matches. What would guarantee the legal safeguard and integrity of the Competition itself“.last_img read more