Lions control their own destiny

After last week’s 52-3 loss to FBS opponent UAB (1-4), the Lions football team will return to conference player this week versus instate rival Northwestern State.
“This is a huge game for us,” said head coach Roberts. “This one has a lot to do with instate recruiting, and we have a chance to go 3-0 in the conference.”
The rivalry dates back to 1935, when the two teams faced off for the first time in Hammond with the Lions prevailing 19-13. The Demons have won the last two meetings between the teams, and Roberts knows his guys are in for another challenge this week as the one conference loss by the Demons makes this game critical for them.
“I know they’re hungry and they want to stay in this race. Two losses and you’re pretty much out of it,” said Roberts. “We kind of have a dog backed up into the corner, and that can be dangerous.”
For the Lions the main focus is avoiding critical errors and remaining on the right track in Southland Conference play. The Lions are the only team in the league yet to lose a conference game with a 3-0 start would be pivotal going down the stretch.
“We’ve tried to talk to them about the importance of this,” said Roberts. “This is conference play and a chance for us to get where we want to go. I don’t think we’ll have any problem getting ready and coming out playing our best football on Saturday.”
As of now the Lions control their own destiny in the SLC and for Roberts, he could not ask for a more ideal situation for his team to be in heading into the next two weeks.
“You get into October and have an opportunity to control your own destiny. That’s huge,” said Roberts. “This is a huge game for us then we’re going to have a bye week to get ready for Central Arkansas. I think our schedule is set up for us to help and this game is huge for us to come out and play like we’re playing for all the marbles on Saturday.”
The Lions will kick-off versus the Demons at 3 p.m. in Strawberry Stadium. The game will be aired on the Southland Conference’s Digital Network, Southland TV, the Southeastern Channel and broadcast live on KSLU 90.9 FM.