Brad Welborn (LC) - For the second week in a row and for the first time since 2012 the Louisiana College football team won their second straight road American Southwest Conference game. In a true team victory the Wildcats rolled to a 49-16 victory over Sul Ross State University on Saturday night. The Wildcats improve to 2-2 on the season and 2-1 in ASC play. They will host Texas Lutheran University next weekend in search of their third win in a row.
Sul Ross marched down the field on their opening drive of the game to score on an 11-yard touchdown pass to go up 7-0 early in the first. That would be the last time that the Lobos had any success moving the football against the stout Wildcat defense. SRSU managed only 35 yards of offense the rest of the half as the Wildcats answered and answered often on offense.
With starting quarterback Skyler Bonneau out for the game due to injury, LC turned to program-guy Mason Jordan to take the reigns of the offense. After knocking the rust off with a punt on the first possession, Jordan took the offense down the field to answer the Lobo score finding Drake Battaglia for a 10-yard touchdown pass to tie the game at seven with 5:10 left in the first quarter. The touchdown would be the first of 46 straight points scored by the Wildcat offense.
LC scored on three of their next four drives in the first half with a 16-play drive ending in a 23-yard field goal by Curtis Sebren, which was followed by a 19-yard touchdown pass from Jordan to Battaglia, set up by a 55-yard punt that pinned the Lobos inside their 10-yard line, and 3-yard run by Aaron Woods, that came after a Terrance Garnett interception. LC had the game in their hands by the end of the first half with a 24-7 advantage.
The defense continued their dominance in the second half with the offensive onslaught continuing on the other side of the ball. LC added to their lead on a 6-yard touchdown pass to Leondre James in the third to go up 30-7. Another Sebren field goal early in the fourth made it 33-7, and the Wildcats hit the 40 mark by blocking a punt and Trace Mayo taking it in on the return.
With the game well in hand more of the young Wildcats got opportunities to shine late in the ball game with freshman quarterback Landon Lalonde finding Micah Dunn for a 36-yard touchdown pass, the first of both of their careers. Sebren added one final field goal with 2:24 left on the clock to bring the score to 49-16 and push the Wildcats to 2-1 in conference play.
The Wildcat defense forced four turnovers on the night, including three interceptions, and held the Lobos to 207 yards of total offense of the night while totaling 378 of their own, the majority coming through the air.
The Wildcats return to Pineville for the first of three home games in the month of October next week as they host Texas Lutheran. Stay connected to Louisiana College football by following @LC_ftball on Twitter. For general athletics news follow @LC_Wildcats on Twitter or like Louisiana College Wildcats on Facebook.