'It's Time' - Southeastern Pushes to fill the stands
Contact: Rene Abadie
HAMMOND – The catch phrase “It’s time” is resonating across Southeastern Louisiana University’s campus.
It’s time for students, faculty, staff and the community to show their support of the Southeastern Lions football team, which is in a four-way tie for first in the Southland Conference, said Interim Athletic Director Tim Baldwin.
“We’re trying to pack the stands for the Saturday (Nov. 14) faceoff against another conference-leading team, the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks,” he said. “This is our biggest game since we returned college football to the north shore in 2003.”
The implications for the Lions are indeed big, he said. A win would keep Southeastern in the hunt for a shot at the NCAA Division I football playoffs.
“We’re promoting the game heavily to our students and student organizations, offering all sorts of give-aways and door prizes,” Baldwin added. “But we also want and need the involvement of our area citizens. This is as much their team as it is ours.”
Picked in the pre-season to be a bottom-dweller in the conference, the Lions have opened the eyes of many by defeating conference powers Texas State and Central Arkansas, both of which are ranked in the top 25 of the Football Championship Subdivision. A win against the Lumberjacks, now ranked 15 in the Sports Network poll, would likely vault the Lions into the elite top 25.
Saturday’s event includes the annual Game Day Gumbo Cook-Off in Friendship Circle from noon to 1:30 p.m. Free tickets to the 2 p.m. game will be given to the first 200 members of the military and veterans in honor of Wednesday’s Veterans Day. The game is also Scout Day, with area scouts serving as ushers and the color guard, and tickets selling to all scouts in uniform for $5.
For ticket information, call 985-549-5466.