NATCHITOCHES -- Northwestern State's football season finale at Stephen F. Austin next Saturday, the annual "Battle for Chief Caddo," will kick off at 3 p.m. and be the Southland Conference TV game of the week.
The game was slated to kick off at 6 at SFA's Homer Bryce Stadium in Nacogdoches, Texas, but has been moved up three hours to an afternoon kickoff.
"This game is always a big one because of the great friendly rivalry between the schools," said Demons' coach Bradley Dale Peveto. "Our guys are going to be really focused on winning this game and bringing the Chief back home to NSU."
The Demons will make their third straight Southland TV appearance in a series that more often than not has drawn television coverage, and is nationally noted because of the unique trophy at stake, the world's largest prize awarded in a sports contest. The "Chief Caddo" trophy is a 7-foot-6, 320-pound statue of a mythical Native American leader designed to pay homage to the vital role that the original inhabitants of east Texas and northwest Louisiana played in keeping peace between French and Spanish settlers of the day.
SFA, in Nacogdoches, and NSU, in Practitioners, are each located in the oldest cities in their respective states, communities which are virtually equidistant from the Sabine River waterbed, now Toledo Bend Lake, that forms the border between Louisiana and Texas. The towns are just over 100 miles apart east/west.