The Lion's Roar

Former Lion tries hand at coaching Texas high school football

The 2019 alumnus Chason Virgil passed for a total of 3,791 yards and 25 touchdowns for the Lions in his senior season.  Virgil, a native of Mesquite, Texas returned to his home state to coach and teach at North Crowley High School in Fort Worth, Texas.  Virgil one day hopes to become a head coach at the high school level.
November 20, 2020

After finishing his collegiate career in the Lions’ record books, 2019 alumnus Chason Virgil decided to try his hand at coaching football in the state of Texas. Virgil, a native of Mesquite, Texas,...

Southeastern beats Villanova 45-44, advances to face University of Montana

Senior defensive linemen Isaac Adeyemi-Berglund brings down Villanova running back during the first quarter of Saturday's playoff game. With the victory the Lions will  travel to Missoula, Mont. to take on the University of Montana.
December 3, 2019

The Lions advanced to the second round of the FCS Playoffs with a 45-44 win over Villanova University on Nov. 30. The football team came back from a 31-14 deficit to win their first playoff game in over...

Lions defeat Cardinals at home

Devonte Williams, a senior running back, rushed 63 yards and one touchdown in Saturday's victory against Lamar University. The next matchup for the Lions will be against Northwestern State University.
September 23, 2019

In the second home game of the season, the university football team defeated Southland Conference rival Lamar University. The Lions defeated the Cardinals 45-34 in a game that saw seven touchdowns from...

Summer preparations

Football players sharpen their skills during a pregame warm up. Over the summer, athletes continue their practice regimen to prepare for the next season.
May 14, 2019

When the school year ends, many student athletes prepare for summer practice routines. Football players are among the student-athletes who practice during the summer months. Their workouts may vary in...

A day in the life of Chason Virgil

Chason Virgil, a junior quarterback, started his collegiate career at California State University, Fresno. The Mesquite, Texas native spends his days preparing for game day whether that is working out or watching game film whenever he can.
November 6, 2018

Mesquite, Texas native Chason Virgil, a junior quarterback, started his quarterback experience when he was 4 years old and continued into college. Virgil transferred to the university from California...

Trailing behind at home

Chason Virgil, a junior quarterback, threw for 324 yards in the matchup against Abilene Christian University.
October 22, 2018

With over 600 yards given up on defense, the Lions football team lost to Abilene Christian University this past Saturday at the athletic Hall of Fame Game 48-27. Head Coach Frank Scelfo was disappointed...

Homecoming Week closes with a victory

The Lions' victory on Homecoming Day put the team's overall record at 3-4.
October 14, 2018

The Homecoming Game ended with a victory for the Lions over the Houston Baptist University Huskies 62-52. The Lions and Huskies faced off in Strawberry Stadium on Oct. 13 at 4 p.m. To Frank Scelfo,...

Lions hold off demons

Taron Jones, a freshman running back, runs the ball down the field in the game against the Northwestern State University demons.
September 30, 2018

The lions football team faced the Northwestern State University demons and emerged victorious with a 2-3 record. The lions were first on the board with a touchdown in the second play of the game. Northwestern...

Downfall of the lions in Death Valley

The Lions have an 0-2 record following their loss to LSU. However, the defense only allowed one touchdown in the second half of the game.
September 11, 2018

The last time the Lions played Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge was in 1949 where they lost 48-7. On Sept. 8, history repeated itself when the Lions lost to the LSU Tigers 31-0. Frank Scelfo,...

Looking for luck on the field

Lion football players follow their own routines in hopes of securing a successful game day. These good luck charms range from music preference to tattoos.
August 28, 2018

While skill, talent, hard work and dedication play a large role in sporting events, sometimes a bit of luck can determine the outcome of a game. Because of this, players and coaches alike often have...

Quirks of a football coach

Frank Scelfo, football head coach, poses with some players at “Hot August Night” in downtown Hammond.
August 28, 2018

Everyone has their quirks, and the football coaching staff is not immune to this. “Every coach has their sayings,” said Chason Virgil, a junior quarterback. “Coach Stevens is just always real...

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