Southeastern football on the verge of Southland title and NCAA tournament bid


Hammond, La. - It's heady times in Hammond for the Southeastern football team.

They're on a seven game winning streak, longest for the Lions since 1961 and are currently ranked #14 in the country.  A win this week against 4th ranked Sam Houston St. puts them in the FCS playoffs.

Head coach Ron Roberts can feel the excitement"I think it's huge for our players, our fan base, the university, our athletic program as a whole.  There's a lot of firsts we've been able to accomplish, this will be the next one to be the biggest one that we've had the opportunity to do."

One of the key reasons for the Lions' success is Oregon transfer quarterback Bryan Bennett.  Last week he racked up two touchdowns by air, and two by ground.  Bennett's efforts garnered him national honors, and things are only getting better for the junior, according to Roberts "He is an explosive athlete.  He's a dual-threat quarterback that's got a bunch of the physical tools to do that, but he's done an amazing job of learning the offense, getting a grasp of it mentally in one year's time.  He came in with not a lot of college experience playing, getting all the snaps.  He didn't get the majority of the snaps as the guy.  So I think he's really developed this year and it's really been great to watch his progress because he is so much more relaxed now than he was in game one, two, three."

Last year, Sam Houston State beat SLU 70-0 but that was last season and this year's edition of the Lions is completely different "Last year at this time we were still trying to figure out, get on the same page.  We won some games, we squeaked out a few, we were getting by, but we were still trying to figure out who we were as a football team and where we were going.  I think our leadership is in a totally different place than we were last year, so I haven't even brought it up.  I don't think that has any factor in this ball game whatsoever."

The Bearcats and Lions' top 15 matchup is this Saturday at Strawberry Stadium.