Time to say goodbye, Season comes to end for Cowboys

Published 9:00 am Saturday, November 20, 2021

One last chance for Isaiah Chambers to show his skills.

One last chance for Cody Orgeron to break the huddle.

One last chance for the Cowboys to give their fans something to remember them by.

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McNeese State says so long to a disappointing year that fell short of its promise today. The Cowboys end their season with a game against Northwestern State at Cowboy Stadium.

“We want to finish and have fun,” said McNeese head coach Frank Wilson. “We want to live in the moment.”

The Cowboys (4-6, 3-4 Southland Conference) are looking to finish .500 in the league. While that was never the original objective, it is what’s left.

“That was not our goal, but it is what we want to do,” Chambers said.

The all-American graduate transfer from Houston has played 17 games for the Cowboys, all since February. He has recorded 17 sacks and says he would love to finish with at least one more in game No. 18.

Chambers, a candidate to repeat as SLC Defensive Player of the Year, has 9.5 sacks to lead the league.

It will be the second time the Cowboys will take on the Demons (2-8, 2-5) this season. McNeese won the first game 35-17 on Oct. 16 in Natchitoches. The Cowboys have won 16 of the last 17 agains the Demons and own a 49-22-1 series advantage.

“We want to build on that and what we have been able to do here of late,” Wilson said. “We want to set the tone for the offseason and finish this year right.

“It hasn’t been all we wanted, but we want to make sure we finish strong for the program.”

Orgeron said he would love to finish strong. He might have the perfect opponent to end his career against too.

In four games against the Demons, Orgeron is 3-1 having completed 56 of 76 passes (74 percent) for 724 yards, six TDs and zero interceptions.

“You want to have a good game that you can leave on,” Orgeron said. “It has been great here and I have enjoyed it. I want to have one last game to remember.”

Once again Stephon Huderson will be out with a leg injury while Carlos Williams will also miss the game due to a death in the family, Wilson said.. That will leave Deonte McMahon and Josh Parker again leading the run attack.

Parker ran for 74 yards and two scores the last time the teams met. Meanwhile, the Cowboys defense sacked a pair of Demons four times.

“It is a big deal for us to finish playing our best football of the year,” Wilson said.

A win today would give McNeese four victories in its last six games.