No. 17 Southeastern welcomes No. 18 Idaho to FCS-Crescent City Sports playoff matchup : Post idaho

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No. 17/23 Southeast (8-3) vs. No. 18/24 Idaho (7-4) | NCAA FCS Playoffs | First round
November 26, 2022 | 18:00 | Strawberry Stadium | Hammond, La.
Series History: First Meeting
TV: ESPN+ (announcers: Jack Benjamin, LaDarrin McLane)
Radio: Kajun 107.1 FM, The Highway 104.7 FM, The Boss 103.7 FM/1400 AM (Announcers: Mark Willoughby, Allen Waddell and Robbie Rhodes)

HAMMOND, LA – For the second straight season and third in four years, playoff football returns to Hammond, America, as the No. 17/23 Southeastern Louisiana University soccer team welcomes No. 18/24 Idaho to Strawberry Stadium for a first-round contest in NCAA FCS playoffs Saturday at 6 p.m

Saturday’s game between the champion Southland Conference Lions (8-3) and the visiting Vandals (will be televised on ESPN+ and can be heard live on the Southeastern Sports Radio Network (Kajun 107.1 FM, The Highway 104.7 FM, The Boss 103 .7 FM/1400 AM) The winner of the SLU-Idaho matchup will travel to face sixth seed Samford in the second round on Saturday, December 3 at 2:00 p.m.

The Southeastern League Champion placed 13 SLC-high players on the All-Southland team under SLC Coach of the Year, Frank Scelfo. Offensive lineman of the year John Allen was joined to the first team by player Austin Dunlap, kickback Gage Larvadain, as well as defensive backs Jack Henderson, Zy Alexander and Ferlando Jordan.

Larvadain was also the team’s second pick in wide receiver. Other second-team SLU representatives include Carlos Washington Jr., tight end Ivan Drobocky, offensive lineman Dom Serapiglia III, offensive lineman Jhy Orgeron, kicker Riley Callaghan, defensive end Arlen Williams, and linebacker Donte’ Daniels.

Southeastern, making their fifth postseason in school history, enter Saturday’s competition on a five-game winning streak. The Lions won their third SLC title and first since 2014 after beating Nicholls, 40-17, in the final Thursday regular season finale.

Southeastern finished Thursday’s win with a total of 423 yards, while Eli Sawyer completed 19 of 24 passing yards for 228 yards and three touchdowns – including two to Drobocky. The second touchdown reception was made by Jessie Britt, who was leading the Lions with 90 yards on 11 carries.

Southeastern enters the postseason averaging 33.8 points and 431.4 yards per contest. Sawyer (121 for 194, 1,605 yards, 11 TD, 1 INT) and Cephus Johnson III (101-158, 1,146 yards, 10 TD, 5 INT) split time under center for the Lions.

Larvadain (45 catches, 582 yards, 2 TD) and Maurice Massey (32-432-4 TD) are the main targets in the passing game, while Drobocky has six touchdowns scored, the most on the team. Carlos Washington Jr. (586 yards, 11 TD), Johnson III (419-3 TD) and Britt (374-5 TD) are the Lions’ top picks.

The Lion’s defense limited Nicholls to 270 yards on Thursday, forcing the Colonels to four losses. Alexander and Brandon Barbee recorded interceptions while Ian Goodly and Anthony Britton Jr. they forced fumbles which were recovered by Donniel Ward-Magee and Cullan Scott. Henderson accelerated SLU with nine tackles.

Opponents average 22.5 points and 374.9 yards per game compared to the Southeast. Daniels leads the team with 79 tackles, followed by Herman Christophe (74), Henderson (69), Britton Jr. (65) and Ward Magee (58). Christophe, Henderson, Ward-Magee, Alexander and Barbee share top team honors with two steals.

Dunlap leads the Southland Conference and is eighth in the SLC with a 43.7 point average. Callaghan scored 14 field goals, a league record, while Darius Lewis (10.4) and Larvadain (25.0) lead Southland among eliminators in average punt and kick returns respectively.

Idaho will make its first playoff appearance since returning to the FCS from FBS prior to the 2018 season. The Vandals played 11 games in the postseason from 1982-95 during their previous career as a member of the FCS.

The Vandals finished 6-2 in the Big Sky Conference after closing the regular season with a 38-7 victory over Idaho State last Saturday.

Idaho approaches Hammond, averaging 35.4 points and 430.4 yards per contest. Geovani McCoy (2,376 yards, 25 TD, 5 INTs), Jerry Rice Award finalist as top freshman in the country, leads the Vandal attack with Hayden Hatten (74 catches, 1,000 yards, 15 TD) and Jermaine Jackson (938 -4 TD) its main objectives. Anthony Woods leads Idaho on the ground with 814 yards while Roshaun Johnson has 11 rushing touchdowns.

Idaho gives 23.6 points and 325.4 yards per contest. Fa’Avae Fa’Avae leads the Vandals with 99 tackles while Tommy McCormick, Paul Moala and Murvin Kenion III share the team’s high four interceptions.

TICKETS
For ticket information, contact the Southeastern Athletics Ticket Office at (985) 549-5466 or visit www.LionSports.net. Southeastern will continue to offer mobile tickets as the primary source of securing tickets for the 2022-23 season. All tickets will be available via email or SMS in PDF format for fans to download to their phone or print at home. Tickets can also be downloaded to Apple Wallet.

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