SLC Notebook: Lumberjacks struggling with tough schedule

By By Alex Hickey / American Press

Stephen F. Austin hasn’t had many breaks in its schedule this season.

The Lumberjacks, who beat Division II Southwestern Oklahoma to start the year, have since lost at Football Bowl Subdivision Southern Methodist, Football Championship Subdivision No. 3 Montana State and FBS Texas State.

SFA returns home this week but doesn’t get much of a gift. Central Arkansas, fresh off beating Sam Houston State and ranked 16th in the FCS, visits Nacogdoches.

“It’s another team we have to play that’s really well coached, really fast,” said SFA coach J.C. Harper. “They’ve had four weeks in a row of Southland player of the week. We have our work cut out for us.”

Even if the 1-3 Lumberjacks take care of business this week, they’ll have their work cut out yet again next week when they have to face Sam Houston at Reliant Stadium.

ROAD WARRIORS: Sam Houston State plays Texas Southern in the home of Major League Soccer’s Houston Dynamo on Thursday night. It’s the first of back-to-back neutral-site games for the Bearkats in Space City,

and the third of five consecutive games played away from home.

“We’ve got to be road warriors. We have to have great attention to detail each week,” said Bearkats coach Willie Fritz. “It is what it is. We’re not looking at that as any kind of excuse. That’s for losers.”

RECORD DAY: Nicholls State established a conference record with 751 total yards in its 73-17 win over NAIA Evangel University. The previous record was 717 yards, set by SFA against Sam Houston State in 1999.

In other record-setting news, SFA receiver Cordell Roberson became the league’s all-time touchdown reception leader with a pair against Texas State. Roberson has 33 career touchdown grabs, surpassing the 32 of former Texas State wideout Cameron Luke.

STRIPES: UCA is 7-0 on its purple-and-gray striped field, which it installed prior to last season.

UP AND DOWN: Lamar continues to demonstrate stock market consistency. The Cardinals beat NAIA Langston 31-0 for their second consecutive home shutout. Lamar has also been blown out by FBS members Louisiana-Lafayette and Hawaii.

“We do things well in spurts, but we’re looking for more consistency,” said coach Ray Woodard. “We’re going to find out Saturday (where we stand).”

Lamar hosts Southeastern Louisiana in its conference opener Saturday.