The Lion's Roar

Football ranked in top 25 after win

Football ranked in top 25 after win

Gerard Borne, Staff Reporter

September 10, 2019

For the first time since 2015, the university football team is ranked in the STATS FCS top 25 rankings. The Lions are sitting at No. 23 after knocking off then No. 6 Jacksonville State University 35-14 in the home opener on Aug. 29. Devonte Williams, a senior running back, shared how it felt to...

Lions to face the Bulldogs in 2021

Lions to face the Bulldogs in 2021

Johnathan Zeringue, Staff Reporter

April 16, 2019

The Lions football team is scheduled to travel to Ruston to play Louisiana Tech University in the 2021 season to benefit the athletic programs of both universities. The athletic department handles various responsibilities of all the university’s sports, such as creating the teams’ season schedule...

Scelfo’s journey of coaching football

Scelfo’s journey of coaching football

Johnathan Zeringue, Staff Reporter

April 2, 2019

With over 30 years of coaching experience, Frank Scelfo was hired in January of 2018 to become the university’s 16th head coach of football. Beginning his second year at the helm of Lions football, Scelfo’s coaching career extends beyond his time with the university. “This will be my 37th ye...

Kelley returns home to finish eligibility

Kelley returns home to finish eligibility

Gerard Borne, Staff Reporter

March 11, 2019

Cole Kelley, a Lafayette native, transferred to the Lions to play as a quarterback after playing for two seasons at the University of Arkansas. Frank Scelfo, football head coach, believes Kelley will bring more game experience to the team. “He is going to come in and compete for playing time, an...

Coaching football: a new chapter

Coaching football: a new chapter

Johnathan Zeringue, Staff Reporter

February 19, 2019

A native of Garyville, Louisiana, Raymond Monica looks forward to joining the coaching staff as the assistant head coach of football for the 2019 season. Monica, who is in his 32nd year of coaching, explained why he took the position at the university. “The main reason I came here was because of coach ...

Cowboys defensive coordinator Lance Guidry becomes a Lion

Maiah Woodring, Staff Reporter

February 12, 2019

A new defensive coordinator for the football team will head practices this spring with an ambition to pursue the Southland Conference Championship. Lance Guidry, who has been coaching since 1994 and started coaching at the collegiate level in 2000, replaced former defensive coordinator Louie Cioffi in Jan...

Wrapping up the fall sports for 2018

Gerard Borne, Staff Reporter

December 4, 2018

Football, cross country, soccer and volleyball concluded their seasons this semester.  The football team wrapped up its season, finishing ninth in the Southland Conference with a 4-7 record. Football Head Coach Frank Scelfo discussed his team’s performance this season. “We did a lot of things ...

Victory on ‘Senior Night’

Victory on ‘Senior Night’

Gerard Borne, Staff Reporter

November 4, 2018

The Lions football team wrapped up its last home game of the season with a 23-6 win against McNeese State University. The two teams competed on Nov. 3 in Strawberry Stadium. The match was also "Senior Night" for the Lions. Head Coach Frank Scelfo shared his thoughts on the match. "Our guys did...

Trailing behind at home

Trailing behind at home

Jacob Summerville, Staff Reporter

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 by the team's performance as a whole. "We didn’t practice like that all week long," said Scelfo....

Homecoming Week closes with a victory

Homecoming Week closes with a victory

Zachary Araki, A&E Editor

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, head coach, his team's resiliency stood out to him. "I'd say we compete all the way through the...

Lions hold off demons

Lions hold off demons

Gerard Borne, Staff Reporter

October 1, 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 State answered with a field goal. The second quarter started with a connection from Chason...

Downfall of the lions in Death Valley

Downfall of the lions in Death Valley

Jacob Summerville, Staff Reporter

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, head coach, listed some of the reasons that contributed to the team’s loss. “False starts,...