Colonels game in Hammond to be televised

By: Staff Reports
FRISCO, Texas – The River Bell Classic, a rivalry game between the football teams at Nicholls State and Southeastern Louisiana, will be carried live on Cox Sports Television Thursday at 7 p.m.

The game is about more than bragging rights this year with each team trying to end the season on a positive note. Both teams are looking for their first conference win.

Nicholls is 1-9 overall and will be trying to snap a nine-game losing streak that followed a season-opening victory over Evangel. The Colonels are coming off a 34-26 loss to Lamar and played McNeese State to within eight the week before. In their previous seven games, Nicholls had been outscored by average of 25.7 points per game. Against the Cardinals last week, the Colonels racked up a season-high 492 yards on offense, including a career-best 177 rushing yards by quarterback LaQuintin Caston. He also threw for a season-high 214 yards, connecting on 21 of 40 attempts with two touchdown passes to receiver Demon Bolt. Caston has thrown eight the Colonels’ 10 touchdown passes and is completing nearly 51 percent of his passes. He is also the team’s top ground gainer, averaging 68.1 rushing yards per game to go with five touchdowns. Marcus Washington adds 52.3 rushing yards per game and four touchdowns.

Southeastern Louisiana is 2-8 overall and is looking for its first win since beating non-conference foe Texas State Oct. 22. The other win came Sept. 10 against Savannah State. The Lions, who are trying to end a three-game losing streak, are coming off a 28-20 loss at Stephen F. Austin last week. They nearly rallied from two scores down, but were turned away three times inside the SFA 10-yard line late in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Brian Young was efficient in connecting on 32 of 41 passes for 179 yards and a score. Turnovers have been an issue for Southeastern, which entered the game minus-18 for the season, but the Lions defense came up with four interceptions against the Lumberjacks. Young is completing better than 58 percent of his passes for 2,628 yards and 13 touchdowns. Receivers Simmie Yarborough, Brandon Collins and Kory Theodore have combined for 167 receptions for 2,093 yards and 12 of the team’s 15 receiving touchdowns.

This will be the 21st meeting between Nicholls and Southeastern. The Colonels lead the series 12-8 and have won the last times the teams have faced one another, including 27-25 last year in Thibodaux.

Lyn Rollins, longtime voice of college sports on CST, will handle football play-by-play duties and will be joined in the booth by color analyst Rene Nadeau, a former LSU player and veteran broadcaster. Erin Cofiell will serve as the sideline reporter.

New Orleans-based Cox Sports Television launched on Oct. 28, 2002 in front of 450,000 Louisiana viewers. CST has grown more than 400 percent to more than 2 million homes in the nine years since its launch, making it one of the fastest growing regional sports networks in the South. CST is currently carried on video distributors in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Virginia. Initially targeted to be a Louisiana sports network, CST has secured collegiate, professional and high school events that have expanded the network’s reach throughout the South.

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