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Published 5:00 am Sunday, March 21, 2021

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GOOD:

McNeese run defense. The Cowboys allowed the run-happy Demons 33 yards on 27 rushes, by far their lowest output of the season. Northwestern State went into the game averaging 245 yards on the ground, but managed 1.22 yards a carry against McNeese.

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BAD: If you thought McNeese had kicking problems against Lamar, and the Cowboys surely did, it is nothing to what is happening at Northwestern State. Demons kicker Eddie Godina had three kicks blocked the previous week only to miss two field goal attempts in the first half against McNeese, the first from 25 yards the second was blocked by Accord Green.

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UGLY: Injuries. McNeese lost another running back when Carlos Williams went out of the game in the second quarter. Williams, who started the season fifth on the depth chart, had been moving up thanks to a bevy of injuries. He had his first career 100-yard game a week ago, but was limited by the injury bug himself, turning over the run duties to freshman Josh Parker, who was also forced out of Saturday’s game.

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CAREER DAY:

McNeese receiver Trevor Begue had a big day, in fact his best as a Cowboy. He finished with a career high in catches (8) and yards (165). His 75-yard grab and score early in the third quarter turned the game around for the McNeese offense.

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SACKMASTER: Isaiah Chambers put the pressure on a trio of Demons quarterbacks all day. The senior finished with three sacks for 21 yards in losses and also two hurries. He also had two other tackles for loss.

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NEW JOB: Walker Wood found a way to contribute when needed. With the Cowboys losing two more running backs to injury, Walker, a transfer quarterback from Kentucky, was forced to play running back. He had nine carries for 13 yards, scoring on a 1-yard run from the wildcat formation.

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PICK PLAY: Andre Sam and Dorion Pollard each had an interception, the first two for McNeese this spring.

Jim Gazzolo