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Deep South Collegiate Tournament - Lions vs The Green Wave

By Mark E Dixon 10/31/2022, 4:15pm EDT

Though the Lions were undefeated, they knew that the Wave had improved substantially since their early season match up. Tulane had upset perennial Deep South power house Spring Hill College the weekend before to cement their place at #2 in the tournament.

Play was hindered by driving rain for some 70% of the match.  The Lions wide open offense chose a conservative strategy due to the wet conditions. In three separate attacks the Lions amassed 13, 8, and 11 phases of complete ball control by the backs and forwards to the try line.

The Lion's, Felix Hamilton-Marino's precise kicking in the wet weather put the Green Wave in reverse. SLU's charging centers and backs allowed little advancement for Tulane once they fielded the ball.

The half time score was SLU 30 - Tulane 0

The weather cleared for about 25 minutes and the Lions took advantage of the Tulane scrums and lineouts.  Senior Hooker Eddie Lemus stole several of the Tulane scrum balls with his masterful foot, and lock Connor Hogg scooped up every throw in.

With the return of the rain, the Lion's finishers “Bomb Squad” entered the pitch to put the match to rest.  Allen Pennington capped off his day with a bruising run through several Wave players for his second try of the day and selection as Man of the Match.

The final minutes saw the Green Wave execute a break down the sideline.  Committed support and a desire for points put them over to finish the match at Tulane 5 - SLU 46.

Southeastern Louisiana Cap Off Undefeated Conference Season

By Goff Rugby Report Staff Writer 10/24/2022, 6:00pm EDT

Southeastern Louisiana continued its winning ways with a 71-17 defeat of Spring Hill College over the weekend.

Early penalty trouble game the Spring Hill Badgers good field position and with the vocal Spring Hill fans surrounding Dorn Field, they rode the momentum.

All of the Lions' penalties finally led to a Spring Hill try.

But Southeastern Louisiana has been showing a hard-nosed work ethic this season and they came right back to answer the try. With the forwards working well and getting possession in scrums and lineouts, and adding to that with poaches in the tackles, SLU started to build on that. Hafltime had the score 33-10.

The Lions brought in the reserves in the second half and by midway in the second half, under the leadership of Allen Pennington and Felix Hamilton-Marino, SLU had passed the mid-century mark and Spring Hill. The Badgers also got into discipline problems and were yellow-carded four times. That kind of killed any hope of edging close and three late tries made it 71-10. The game finished for the Badgers scoring a well executed 40-yard drive and score to make it 71-17.

Southeastern Louisiana have finished their regular season undefeated at 5-0, scoring 258 points and allowing only 92.

Next up is the Deep South Championship Tournament in Hammond, La. on October 29. After that the NCR national playoffs will provide a new test for the Lions.

RAGIN' CAJUNS VISIT SOUTHEASTERN LIONS

By Mark E Dixon 10/03/2022, 11:30am EDT

Lions Stay Undefeated

Playing on what seemed like the first Fall Day of the season in south Louisiana, the Lions and the Ragin’ Cajuns squared off on the Lion’s home pitch. The first 10 minutes of the game found the teams sparring midfield.  After that, it was all Lions.  Hooker Allen Pennington scores first. Then wing Sage Nugent and flanker Ben Dufour cross for tries. Lastly, wing Michael Kennedy scores two tries before the half.  Southeastern Louisiana attacked the Ragin’ Cajuns from all angles to keep their defense from focusing on just one area of the pitch.

The halftime score held at 29-0.

The 2nd half saw much of the same as the fresh legs of the Lion’s Bomb Squad entered the match.  Flyhalf Keagan Hogg's kicking game took hold as the Lions forwards and backs continued to apply the pressure.  Lock Connor Hogg, 8 Man Jean-Paul St. Pierre, flanker Jeffrey Bell (his first try of the season), and Keagan Hogg all cross the try line. Flanker Ben Dufour (freshman from St Paul’s) adds two more tries to make it three for the day and a selection as Man of the Match. As time wore down in the second half ULL forced over two tries from the effective ball handling of fullback Alex Selva and the powerful running of their 8 Man Tyrell Lassaire.

On the day, eight different Lions scored; and 13 different players have scored for the season.  The final score was Lions 56, Ragin’ Cajuns 12.

Southeastern next faces perennial southern powerhouse Springhill College on October 22nd in Mobile, Alabama.